Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Finally his first P-day, and first letters home!

Its great! Its finally p day. Um it’s great to hear from home. I got all your letters and I’ll try to send some later today. My flight was perfect as could be. The 20 minute flight from flag was awesome. I just stared out the window the whole time. When I got there I followed your directions and come to find out there was two doors, one north and one south. I didn’t know which one to use so I went out north and to my dismay no green cars, I walked out the south and I looked for about 30 seconds and Kristy pulled up in her car. I saw Elder Mclaws at the airport. It hit his dad pretty hard. I ate some pizza and flew on from phoenix to Georgia. I was stuck by a pretty big boy but I lived. I even talked to a guy who was lds and worked in aftermarket car parts. When I got to Georgia I got off the plane and was using a TV to see where I needed to go and a sister missionary named Sister Camacho asked me if I was going home or going out and was talking really fast. I told her where and what flight and she said me too and so in almost shock I just followed her and a long walk and a tram ride later I was where I needed to be and I know without a doubt it wasn’t coincidence at all and the Lord was looking out for me. Um I’m running shorter on time like I said I’ll try and write but I’m so busy I’ve barely have time to read even the little notes. The teachers are great and my district makes fun of me because I’ve gotten 4 letters since I’ve got here. 1 from tonnie, 2 from you, and 1 from missionties. My district is great. Elder Mclaws is in the same room as me. My companhiero is Elder Passey. He’s from s.c. and Mclaws companheiro is Elder Mackay pronounced Macky. I love the letters, we are having a great time. I love my district and my roommates. We have fun but never too much. Its great today we got to go to the Sao Paulo temple. It was neat seeing me and my companheiros in the eternity mirror. Well I’ll try to write love you

Tyson also sent a couple of other little emails after this first one. Some of it is repitition, but we just think that you can feel his excitement in his words, and we want you all to enjoy that as well...

Hey como vai i had some extra time so my district came to the lab we just got back from walkin the streets of sao paulo it was fun i saw a burnt car in its parking spot i got a pic i dont have my card thing or id send some pics sorry tell jacob i loved his little letter and ive got the picture you guys sent in my room and thanks for the cookies! mr. cheney knows how to make some good cookies elder mackay is awesome he is originally from australia and used to be a competition wieght lifter hes built about like me and he says he benched like 380 ha ha he sounds like he wasnt into the church but he definately turned around hes got a good testimony and is loving it out here im gonna go grab my converter and try to attach som files

And another one...

I was trying out my card reader i got one pic pretty crazy eh just in the city on the road ha ha i tried to get some more pics sent of my companheiro and the temple im letting elder mclaws use the drive right now its kinda hard to attach pics in this style of email my p days are tuesdays but i cannot guarrantee what time we are having a great time and im on the 6th floor.... lot of stairs but the veiw out my window could be worth it its funny the brazilians pronounce my name smeetch so they say elda smeetch! elda smeetch! jus like da joseph smeetch! ha ha i can see it in his face the first vision! i had one elder act like he was looking up like joseph smith it was pretty funny he was making heaven noises while doing. it they say smeetch because th makes a ch sound well i want to see my blog but im not sure it will work i dont know how often i can email on p day but i have alot today amor voces (love you) Tyson

And one he sent to Grandma Smith....

Its P Day!!!! love you guys im having a great time!!! its beuatiful here in sao paulo and its huge im on the 6th flooor so i got a great veiw cant use the elevator so i have to use the stairs i love it here and its great elder mclaws is in my district were even bunking in the same room elder passey is my companheiro (companion) hes from south carolina and reminds me a bit of lance mosier were having tons of fun language is hard but its coming along pretty quick elder mclaws elder passey and elder mackay (its pronounced macky) are in my room we really seem to mesh we just got back from the sao paulo temple it was great we had lunch and they feed us great!!!!! ive gained like 5 pounds im loving it quentin l cook cam and talked to us it was great well i have limited time so love you guys!!!!!!!!

Tyson also sent one picture to us. What do you think it was? His companion? The Temple? The MTC? Nope, not our Tyson.... He was so impressed with the burned car, that was what he sent home to us. So I put it in here in his honor.... Crazy Kid!
I can just hear Tyson saying.... I bet I could fix that thing up...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Your missionary has arrived safely at the Brazil MTC.

Dear Parents,

We are happy to send the good news that your missionary has arrived safely at the Brazil MTC. What a great joy and privilege it is to greet each missionary as they come through the front door of the MTC for the first time. We promise to take good care of your missionary.

They now have companions and are settled into their rooms. They are assigned to a district with capable and caring instructors for language and lesson study. The branch presidents and their wives, will soon give them a second greeting. These couples are rewarded in their callings through the love they always develop as they embrace and watch over the missionaries.

The MTC has a full time live-in physician to care for their health needs. He is assisted by his able wife. We are also happy to report that the Cafeteria food is abundant and very good.

Your missionary will be able to e-mail home on Preparation Day after a morning at the Temple. This will be either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on individual assignments.

Your very important young person is about to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. We hope you will be encouraged and comforted by this quote by President Lorenzo Snow: “ There is no mortal man that is as interested in the success of an elder when he is preaching the Gospel as is the Lord who sent him to preach to the people who are the Lord's children".

Please accept our love,

President Ralph Degn and Sister Mary Ann Degn

Look! Can you find me?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I'm Heading out to Brazil!!!

Getting some help for Koby, Talon and Abi.
Headed in Flagstaff Airport.

IT'S AIRPORT TIME!  After recieving my call in November of 2011, and waiting for 5 long (short) Months, It is finally time to get this Mission Started.
Ty, Jacob, and Britney

There's that Big Smile again.
Love you PAPA
It's Grandmas Turn

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Some Pictures of Ty and the Family after being set apart as an Missionary. April 15th, 2012

Ty and his PROUD family

Ty and the Ladies
Ty and the Guys
Ty and His Grandparents

Tyson and Grandma Smith
Just after being set apart as an Elder