This entry is mostly an excuse to include a couple more photos...
As of when this email sent, I have exited the plane, and am in PDX.
Not too much interesting to report this week. Several appts. fell through, requiring changes of plans and clothes.
This week continued the frustrating trend of most of the people that they're teaching not showing up to their appointments, and wasting the time of the missionaries and ward members. (In one case, they coordinated with two different families to provide car seats and a ride to church.) Still, they kept trying and occupied their time doing whatever good they could.
Tuesday, the Branch had a barbecue at the church building. In order for us to earn our food, we had to help clean the church building. Even with how small the buliding is, it took a while vacuuming, because it didn't have any large vacuums.If you invite a Texan to a barbecue, and they show up and find only hotdogs and hamburgers, they will either laugh, or be offended. Texan barbecues have to have at the very least a brisket, or some chicken and some ribs. Here in Louisana, we had hotdogs and chicken. If there were any native Texans there, they would have been disappointed in the meat selection.
I heard that there was a red flag warning in Kalama, so if you see a red flag, notify the authorities - those red flags are probably pretty dangerous.
This week the church sent Matthew's flight itinerary (which he hasn't officially been informed of yet). We'll pick him up from PDX early in the afternoon of Fri, Jul 28, and assuming that his flight's not delayed significantly, take him straight to the stake center to be released before the stake president leaves for girls' camp.
With one transfer left in his mission...
Yes sir and howdy do, I've made it to Louisiana, the land of parishes instead of counties, corporations instead of towns, and drivers that don't make you test your brakes every three minutes.
This particular period of missionary work is winding down, action all-too-soon to be replaced by memories. Tuesday was the last trip to the Houston temple for both Matthew and Pres. Larkin, who should be released next month shortly before Matthew returns home.
Yay, Matthew finally got to go to the Johnson Space Center! A brother drove 2 sets of missionaries down there on P-Day.
It was smaller than I imagined, but still good.