Friday, March 27, 2015

First Post from Elder Durrant!!

Hey Dad, Hey Mom!

The MTC so far has been great! Lots of good people and new friends. I sent you a letter this afternoon so you should  be receiving it some time soon. My P-Day's are on Thursday so I can send a longer email next week. I'm on missionary swaps right now and my Japanese companion and all other Japanese Elders went to the Salt Lake Temple. One of the missionaries said I could send a small email telling you about my P-Dat for now as he does his online language evaluations.

Sorry for the short response but there should be a letter coming soon and a lot longer email next Thursday. One of the letters is for Jordan so if you see him at church next Sunday, let him know. The MTC is awsome!

Love you guys lots!

Elder Durrant

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Off to the MTC

Andrew entered the MTC today. All those months of waiting and anticipating are now over. It has been a very bittersweet day in our family. But we know he is in safe hands and doing such an important work. We can't help but feel blessed he has chosen this path to serve our Heavenly Father as a missionary. From here on out we will be posting many of his "post worthy" letters. Be sure to check back often and follow him in these next two years.

Below are some pictures from the day. We took a video of dropping him off and may post it. But for now here is how his day went.

6:30AM woke up and Andy decided on his last day he wanted to get out on the tennis courts one last time. We went and played tennis and let him work out his anxiety by smashing some little yellow fuzzy balls. Unfortunately Todd was on the other end of those hard shots.

After some tennis and a nice visit from some friends who somehow thought that is what he would be doing just before he left, we went home. I went to sneak some snacks in his suitcase and found Andy was packing one of his many tennis rackets. It was funny to see and thinking about it I am pretty sure this racket is going to become a tool for him during his mission.

After all packed up Andy stepped outside to get a look at the neighborhood one last time before the drive to the MTC.

We stopped at the Provo Temple for a few minutes and then drove down the the MTC. The drop off was quick. Andrew and his mom hugged one last time before he was lead away among all the other new missionaries being dropped off. Needless to say, it was a very long and quiet ride back home.