Happy 20th Birthday, Scott!

Scott will be celebrating his birthday in Bragança, Brazil, today (and will mark seven months in the mission field tomorrow.) If you’d like to send Scott a birthday greeting, please comment on this post (or leave a note on his Facebook wall) and I’ll be sure that he gets it on Monday. Gotta love technology! *Ü*

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Elder Maughan … at last!

After a nearly five month wait, Scott flew out of Albany Airport this evening, heading for Atlanta. It’s likely that he’ll meet other missionaries there who are flying from other parts of the US. (It helps that they’ll all look pretty much alike at this point!) Then he has an 11 hour overnight flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will enter the Missionary Training Center tomorrow. We’ll really miss Scott here but are excited about all the new experiences he’ll be having in the next two years.

By Thursday morning, we should receive an email from the MTC letting us know that Scott arrived safely, and hopefully we’ll have an email from him at the beginning of next week.

THE VISA’S HERE!

We were all more than a little excited when the FedEx man arrived at our door on July 11th to drop off Scott’s paperwork — including his missionary name tag! We’d read a lot about missionaries having to ‘visa wait’ in the United States, some for months, before being able to report to Brazil, but thanks to our residence in New York State and our local Brazilian consulate in NYC, Scott’s visa arrived in Salt Lake over a month before his start date. That means that Scott will be able to report directly to the Missionary Training Center (CTM) in Sao Paulo, Brazil!

Scott will leave Albany at dinnertime on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, have a short layover in Atlanta, and then fly through the night to arrive in Sao Paulo on Wednesday morning, August 10th. He will spend nine weeks there — learning Portuguese and missionary lessons — and then fly to Belém to officially begin his mission.

Very exciting!