Friday, September 23, 2011

California here I come!!!!

We got a surprise call from Riley on Thursday afternoon.  He had just been informed by the MTC Travel Office that his visa hadn't arrived and instead of leaving for Argentina on Monday as originally planned he is headed to Anaheim California Friday morning.  We got to talk to him this morning while he was at the airport.  He sounded GREAT!  It was so good to talk to him.  He is having a great attitude about being in California.  The Travel Office said it could be a few days or a month before his visa comes in.  Then, this afternoon we received the following email and picture: 

Hello everyone!
Well I made it to California! The plane ride was great. It is so weird to be in the real world. We met our President, President Brad Bowen. Attached is a picture of him and his wife plus the people we traveled with. You will never believe this.. He is Brother Bowens first cousin! Sweet huh?  He is the most loving guy ever. I know that Im going to love it here. He is so awesome! Right now we're at the mission home. We get our new companions tonight. I will be teaching in spanish so thats good. There are only 4 spanish speaking missionaries here. Anaheim is the 2nd smallest mission in the world but has 7 languages. President bowen says that my trainer is the very best missionary in the entire mission. This is his last trainer. I'm very lucky. I cant wait to meet him. Plus he isnt from the united states. But he does speak a little english. Well i gotta go. I love you guys! I don't know when p day is  but i think its monday. I guess we'll see.
I love you all so much! I'm kinda nervous but reall excited. Cant wait to see what the Lord has instore for me here.


  1. How cool! Too bad about his visa, but really, I think it's a great thing. Riley sounds really positive about it. I loved my time in Montana, waiting for my visa. I got to have a taste of what a state-side mission is like. Wards with solid leadership, good dinner appointments, driving a car, nice apartments. And he get's to speak Spanish, which is even better.

    When is missionary day at Disneyland?

  2. Yahoo, he's on his way! A stop in Anaheim is not a bad deal, this way he gets 2 different trainers! He looks and sounds fantastic!

  3. I still can't believe Travis's cousin is his new mission president! That's so awesome!!