So I am trying to keep Race's blog updated with emails/letters/pictures/etc that he sends us. I got this email this morning from his MTC president. I have to say I pretty relieved to see his picture and find out that he made it safely!
Dear Parents and Loved Ones:Your missionary arrived "safe and sound" Tuesday night ---and was involved all morning at the MTC here in Guatemala --- in orientation for their next phase of training. They finally got into the classroom in the afternoon and have started learning more Spanish & teachings from Preach My Gospel. I've attached a photo of them out in front of the flags in the entry of the MTC here in Guatemala. You are no doubt very proud of your missionary. You should be! This is a very good group of 12 missionaries who join another extraordinary group of 17 North Americans who are in their final three weeks PLUS 42 missionaries from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Chile, Panama, and other Latin American countries who will be here at the MTC for the next three weeks . Your missionary has Preparation Day on Tuesdays and will be writing to you then. However, this coming week we will have Preparation Day on Monday (July 20). I know that your support through letters and emails bless your 'missionary' a lot --- and will be greatly appreciated.In addition to email, you may choose to send letters as well through the pouch according to the instructions received in the call packet of your missionary. This is a one page 8.5X11, triple-folded, taped or sealed with the address and stamp on the outside. (see written instructions in the call packet)Pouch Address:"POUCH" ---NAME OF YOUR MISSIONARY--- Guatemala MTC P.O. Box 30150 Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150 For the next several weeks you can ALSO send letters, packages, or other mail to your missionary at the following address: ---Name of your Missionary---Centro de Capacitation Misional Boulevard Vista Hermosa 23-71, Zona 15Vista Hermosa 1 C.P. 01015Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala C.A.I recommend that you write your missionary at this address for only a short time---and not send anything to the above address after August 12th. Anything you send after the above date should be addressed to his/her mission address. Otherwise, there can be significant delay in them getting their mail because of the time it takes to forward the or have the missions drop by at their convenience and pick up and distribute mail to missionaries all over the mission. You can use regular US International Mail Service or Federal Express.I also invite you to go to our personal website at: www.davidachristensen.com When you get to the site, click on “Guatemala MTC”... You can then browse around or take a tour of the MTC. Within a few weeks you may find your missionary in one or more of the pictures. ENJOY!!! If you feel the need to communicate anything to me, please feel free to do so at this email address ---- email@example.com.Thanks again for your missionary!!! We come to love these missionaries a great deal and appreciate you lending them to the Lord for this season of their lives.Please “REPLY” to this email as soon as you receive it---so that I know we’re in contact. Thanks again!President David A. Christensen