Well, it almost seems impossible, but here we are just one week away from reporting to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah. My amazing wife has been preparing things for weeks, while I am my normal procrastinating self. I prefer the "think" method that Professor Harold Hill from the Music Man used. My preparation consists of thinking about it, and that has predictable results. Thomas S Monson said, "when the time for performance has come, the time for preparation has passed."
We will leave sunny Arizona on Feb 10th and spend a few days in Utah with family before beginning our training on February 14th. The list of seemingly small disconnected items that you need to do and remember to bring is endless. You cross one item off and 10 more pop into their place. During the last few weeks we've had five Zoom sessions that consisted of two hour pre-mission training with Elder and Sister Spencer to get us ready for the MTC. They were terrific with loads of good advice, having been missionaries in Cambodia and New York City as a senior couple. We've connected to our New Hampshire Manchester Mission office staff and the Mission President and his wife. We found out where we will be living in Lowell, MA, and even found out that I have 2nd cousin once removed living near where we will be. We will just miss the big snowstorm that hit the Boston area, but I am sure we are not going to miss the rest of the snow this winter. We will drive from Provo to Lowell, MA starting on Feb 26.
We've had our granddaughter here with us for the past couple of days for a gymnastics meet in Phoenix. She is our oldest grandchild and is now 11. She is a terrific gymnast and can do endless flips that make old people wonder if it is even humanly possible to do that sort of thing. Time is passing by quickly when your grandbabies are getting so big. She has an enjoyed being with her boy cousins, a 4 year old, and 2 year old twins.
That's all for this post.