Well, we got Tyrel off to the MTC last week and it was quite the day. The MTC drop off experience changed the week he went in, due to the swine flu, they no longer have the families go in for the tear jerking meeting before hand. They just have you drop them off at the curb. Hopefully you get a chance to give them a hug before they send you on your merry way. Because it was the first week for the big change, it turns out that the news crews were there and unknown to us filmed our sorry experience. And I mean sorry, 5 sobbing sisters, a flustered mother and one in control father (there has to be at least one in control to be the designated driver), not to mention the teary eyed boy. I'm sure a sight to behold. They must have waited for just the right family to pull up so they could get some great footage.
We got Tyrel's first letter on Monday and were so excited to hear from him. He sounds great and already sounds like a different person. He has had some great spiritual experiences and is loving his first week in the MTC. He loves his 6' 4" companion Elder McConkie and says the language is coming bit be bit. He can now pray, introduce himself and he says that he is beginning to learn to testify in Thai. The Lord does amazing things for his missionaries.
We are so proud of Tyrel and his decision to serve the Lord at this time.