A quick update...Bryan left SLC this morning en route to Brazil with a stop in Dallas for a shoe shine & ice cream, then a 10 hour flight arriving at about 6 in the morning Brazil time. We were thrilled to get 2 phone calls today and a letter. More details to be posted tomorrow. He's hoping for letters which can be easily sent to him via http://www.dearelder.com/ orhttp://www.missionties.com/ for now. You'll just need to put in his address which is posted on the right........Or just make comments on his blog and hopefully he'll get to see them. The letters mean the most.
Wednesday, September 24. Bryan's 1:00 flight was right on schedule, we were happy to have him for a few hours more and a few more hugs. His first lesson of his mission was patience...with a change in destination, a canceled flight and then he was selected to be "frisked" by airport security. His Uncle, Bishop Mike Macrum picked him up at the airport and took him to dinner at PF Changs with his cousin Makelle before taking him to the MTC. Makelle said he went in with his chin held high. Thursday, September 25. Bryan called home with the news that his visa came in so he's headed to Brazil on Tuesday, September 30. It was great to hear his voice...all is well.
Elder Briggs 6am flight was cancelled this morning. A bird hit the plane. So now we await the next flight out at 1pm. His Uncle Mike & Aunt Alane will be taking him to the MTC, we are awaiting word as to how to proceed. So our 4am wake up call was just an exersize in patience.
There has been a new fad sweeping the country. However, instead of being fashion, a movie, or jumping on the bandwagon of a sports team, it is the delay of Missionary Visa's! Yay! Well, it is official, I am going to the Provo MTC for about two weeks (fingers crossed) until my Visa comes through and I can continue on my journey to Sao Paulo. Now I really know how Sean felt. On the bright side, Brazil is having a mail strike, and Utah is not! SOOOOOO I expect to recieve quite a few letters while I still have the opportunity.
Elder Briggs is an LDS missionary serving in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. This is Bryan's online journal posted by his Mom. Your comments on the blog welcome. Snail mail costs .98 per letter (new rate). PLEASE WRITE!!!
Save the dates:
HOMECOMING DATE: Thursday, September 16 arriving around Noon at Redmond Airport
Speaking in Church: Sunday, September 19, 9am, Cascade Crest Ward, Bend, Oregon. You are invited! My friend Jonathan will be coming down and we will sing a song in Portugese together. Open House that night...come on over!
Still time to write a letter - too late to send a package:
Elder S. Bryan Briggs Missão Brasil São Paulo Norte R. Dr. Rui Batista Pereira, 165 Jardim Caxingui São Paulo - SP 05517-080 BRASIL email: Elder Briggs can not receive emails or respond to emails, please write via snail mail. If you need to get news to him asap...you can send an email to his mom at email@example.com
We will update the site frequently with photos, Much of the content is directly from Elder Briggs weekly emails to his family and will be italicized.
Elder Alves, Brazil
Elder Brent Parsons - Orem, Utah
Elder Bryce Perry - Austin, Texas
Elder Mosiah - Fortaleza, Brazil
Elder J.D. Schoen - Mesa, AZ.
Elder Gouveia - teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro
Elder Matos - Fortaleza, Ceará
Elder Cruz - Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Elder David Martins - Minas, Brazil
Elder Josh Schooley - SLC, Utah
Elder D. Brian Sinden - Puyallup, WA
September 16 - Flying HOME
Transfer, Mission Office, Sao Paulo, April 7, 2010 New Companion, Elder Parsons/July, New Companion Elder Alves