Today is the day. Jared left the Provo missionary training center (MTC) early this morning and flew to Honolulu (via Phoenix). He was allowed to call us during his travels so Michelle, Glen and Lauren all got to talk to him at some point today. It was good to hear from him and know that he is in good health, good spirits and excited to get to his assignment. Below is a photo of Jared.
Ok, so it's not exactly a photo of Jared, but you get the point.
We also got a letter from him via good old USPS yesterday. It included a photo of him with Sister Brooksby - his 2nd cousin - who he met coincidentally at the MTC. Sister Brooksby is headed to a mission in North Carolina. Sister Brooksby's grandfather, Lyle, is the brother of Jared's grandfather, Merrill, and Lyle lives in ...wait for it ...wait for it ...Hawaii! So Sister Brooksby's grandfather could be feeding Jared someday soon. Below is a photo of Elder and Sister Brooksby.
Jared also included a photo of his MTC district (below). They are, from left to right, Elder Shipley, Elder Hudson, Elder Tripp, Elder Penitani, Elder La, Elder Brinkerhoff, Elder Small, Elder Brooksby, Elder Workman and Elder Packer.