Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hi everyone!!  Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!
Well, our 29.5 hour flight to Cape Town South Africa is in the past!  We are here!  We arrived yesterday about noon and were picked up at the airport by the Hendersons, an office couple from Far West, Utah.  We piled all our luggage into two cars they brought from the mission office, we warned them that we had 6 pieces of luggage, with 4 smaller carry-ons!  They came prepared!
We dropped off our luggage at a bed and breakfast that we will be staying at for a few days till our interview with President Wood on Tuesday.  It's a very cute and clean B & B.
We are extremely tired but the Hendersons insist on keeping us awake for a few hours - the best thing for over-tired missionaries who have just flown for nearly 30 hours!
Besides the bank, the grocery store and lunch, we went to sight seeing places like Signal Hill, Mariner's Wharf and Mall, then dinner and finally back to our B & B and a bed!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

First Blog!!

It's November 8, 2012 - we received our call to South Africa Cape Town Mission almost 2 months ago, on September 13, 2012.  By the way, the call letter was dated September 11, 2012, interesting!
Still can't believe it's South Africa!

We have talked to many return missionaries about South Africa - seen some beautiful photos and found out some great hikes to take, magnificent views to see, and "must-see" places to visit!  We are excited

Having already sold our home with furniture, we have been living in a furnished condo in Black Rock.  We put all the stuff we still have in storage, we don't have much.  We stored our piano, art, food storage, books and holiday decor.  A little strange not to have a home but we're getting use to it.

We have been very busy getting ready to go, mountains of paper work and collecting copies of documents.  It's amazing what you need to go to South Africa, finger prints, chest x-rays, driving records, diplomas, passport pictures (even though we have our passport), FBI clearance letter, police record letter, birth certificate etc - it's been an experience.  We have completed most everything - just a few items left.  We have completed the visa application and are just waiting for it now.

Here we are - ready to go!