Got Jarom's weekly email this evening. His nine weeks at the MTC is almost over. He received his flight plans: He leaves Salt Lake City Monday, 10 Dec 2012 in the evening. He'll fly to Los Angeles, CA, then to Hong Kong, China, then to Manila Philippines. He'll then have a six to ten hour bus ride to his area. Everything has an exclamation point after it - he sounds REALLY EXCITED!
He had the opportunity to be a host last Wednesday and will do the same thing tomorrow (12/5/12). The host stands at the curb as new missionaries arrive, and takes them - one at a time - into the MTC. He helps them with their luggage, takes them to their room, and helps them get started. I'll never forget his host when we dropped him off: Elder Richardson from Dallas, Texas. He was wonderful. Jarom said he got to host five missionaries last week and is hoping to do the same tomorrow.
I am so thankful for Jarom's choice to serve the Lord in the Philippines these next two years. Partly because I know of the great joy and blessings that will come into his life, and partly because I know of the great joy and blessings he will bring into the lives of those he teaches!