Monday, January 25, 2010

Texas Fort Worth Mission Spanish

He wasn't kidding when he said that "she could leave on a dime." A dime it was!
Whit faxed her medical release forms to President Porter on the 14th of January, he then forwarded them to Gerald Lund in Salt Lake. We were told that the call could come very quickly, or take a few days, up to a week. Time became an oxymoron as our frustration grew while we waited patiently for the phone to ring in hopes of seeing DeLewis Porter on our Caller ID.
Thursday morning, the 21st, Whitney and I had just returned from our early morning gym work-out when the phone rang at just minutes before 8am. It was President Porter with the call. I called out to Whitney to get the phone but she was already on. He told her she was going to the Fort Worth Texas Spanish speaking Mission and that he would need to call her back with flight information, but that she would either be leaving Friday or Saturday. He called back a half hour later and said to her; "I hope you're packed and ready to go because your flight is set for Friday, Jan 22nd, tomorrow morning, at 6:50AM out of Burbank airport." He didn't have any information on the mission other than that the Mission President's name was Thurston. We didn't know for sure if that was the last name, or first.
There was no time to let it sink in. She was leaving for Texas in the morning.
Adam said that he would stay home to help us get ready and the tone for the day was immediately set into high gear. We packed, cleaned, made phone calls, shopped, cleaned again, and packed some more so that we were ready for an impromptu farewell party later that evening and Whitney's bags would be all ready to go. All went well at the party. A lot more people showed up than we had anticipated considering the short notice and rainy day n'all. It was great to see so many come out to support her.
The next morning we left the house at 4:30 am and arrived at Burbank airport at 5:30 am to find that her US Air flight had been cancelled. We then had a choice of booking the next Burbank flight Saturday morning, or booking a 9:30 am flight the same day at LAX...We chose LAX.
Whit's flight got off on-time but was long with a layover to Los Vegas, then onto Dallas, TX. I called the mission home and let them know of her flight change. She was picked up by President Wright Jenkins Thurston and his wife, Janett, taken back to their home for dinner and an interview before meeting up with her two new companions...That's right...another threesome companionship.
She called us here at home just before leaving the President's home. We spoke briefly about her flight and of her time with the President and Sister Thurston. Whit said she really liked them both and has a really good feeling about them. President Thurston wanted to test her Spanish so they had a five minute conversation in Spanish during her interview. He told her that her Spanish was good and that he was content in where her was placing her. I'm guessing that she's going to a Spanish Ward/Branch, but we won't find out till Thursday the 28th. P-Days are on Thursday's in this mission.
Here are some pictures taken at her farwell party and arriving at both airport/s. Once again she was anxious to get on her way!

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