Ben arrived at the Salt Lake Airport at 10:12 am this morning, along with Elder Hauver and Hermana Johanson. His Uncle J showed up and surprised us all. He was released by President Droubay at 12:30 pm. Ben has a thick Chilean accent and keeps saying things in Spanish. He said it feels very different without the missionary name tag on. His clothes are pretty worn and everything smells like a camp fire. He said it’s strange being just Ben again. He has some parasite meds he has to take today and tomorrow as a precaution. He also has to get a TB test.
His trip home was long and tiring. On the 13th, he had a two hour bus ride to the mission home in the morning. Around 9 pm, after spending the day at the mission home, they took all of the departing missionaries to the bus station for an 11 hour overnight bus trip to Santiago. At 8:10 pm on the 14th, he had a 10 hour flight to Atlanta. After a two hour layover, he had a 4 hour flight to Salt Lake. We are so glad to have him home.
He reports to the Stake High Council on Sunday at 7:30 am. His homecoming talk is on March 24th at 10:50 am.
Kayleigh’s welcome home banner and a photobomber
Silas and Kayleigh greeting their brother
Greeting mom and dad
Uncle J showed up and surprised us all