September 30, 2013
Leaving Mexico City MTC; heading to Houston, TX
Note: Elder Dye arose the morning of his flight to Houston at 2 a.m. in preparation for him to head back to the United States. He stated that he had a fantastic time in the Mexico City MTC, and will be looking forward to working with those living in the Houston Texas East Mission for the next 22 months. Unaware that he'd be able to call us, his parents, while waiting for his connecting flight in the Dallas airport, an excitement rose within him only to be dashed. Neither of us answered his call :( Had we only known that he had this opportunity to call. His response was: "Mom and Dad, it's okay that you couldn't talk to me, it was only disappointing for a little while, then I just sucked it up and went on my way because there is no reason to be sad. I chose to come out here to the mission field, and I only expected being able to talk to you at Christmas and Mother's Day (which you better pick up the phone or answer skype :P) And I know that it doesn't matter what I want or wish, it is all about what the Lord wants."
What a wonderful kid! I (his mother) probably felt more saddened than he, though a mother has the right to express that sadness because of all the time and effort that is put into each child-- in nurturing them and helping them to become the best person they can be. Yet, the Lord watches out for the parents--we were able to receive an email from his mission president upon his arrival in Houston.
Your Missionary has arrived safely to T.H.E. Mission! Upon arrival we met your missionary at the airport and took them directly to the mission home where they were fed Texas Bar-b-que and met the office staff.
|1st official day in Houston--welcomed by President Crawford and wife|
An orientation by the office staff followed lunch while individual interviews were conducted by President Crawford. That evening they were invited to share their testimonies.
|Arrival of Elder Dye's district from Mexico City MTC|
The following morning was focused on training after which they met their new companion and were transported to their area of service. They are now out diligently searching for our Heavenly Father's children and doing the work of the Lord. Thank you for sending your daughters and sons to us, they have added great strength to our small army here in the Texas Houston East Mission. We love them and are so grateful to have them with us. You will find attached a picture of your newly arrived missionary with Sister Crawford and myself as well as their arriving group and Trainer.
We are delighted that your Missionary is here and look forward to working with them.
President and Sister Crawford
Upon arrival in Houston, some time during the day, Elder Dye was able to write his thoughts on a post card that was sent to us, his parents...
"Mom and Dad,
I have arrived here in Houston! I will meet my new companion tomorrow and start the work from there:) I can't wait to be giving my first lesson and eventually be getting my first baptism. Mom, Dad, I will try my best to make you proud:) Thank you so much for helping me prepare for my mission!
I Love You,
Elder Stanley Scott Dye