Great news! Elder Shirley had a follow-up appointment with the doctor yesterday (Wednesday, 11/13) and received the medical clearance that he was hoping for. They now have airline tickets in hand and are leaving the country tomorrow morning (Friday, 11/15). Here are their parting words before they go:
We are attaching the traditional MTC map pic. Vamos la! Cuidado Brasil! Can you believe it?!
We are all packed, riding our bags, and watching the clock (especially Neal). We think this might actually happen this time. But don't hold your breath! We are scheduled to leave the MTC at 7:30AM tomorrow morning. Our flight leaves at 11:09AM. We fly to Atlanta, and overnight to Sao Paulo, then to Porto Alegre. We arrive there at 1:00PM Saturday (Brazil time, which is 5 hours ahead of us here.)
We loved the MTC, especially the first week. It was not so fun the subsequent two weeks...waiting out kidney stones. But we look forward to continuing our adventure and actually doing what we have been called to do.
The hardest part is leaving family (and friends)! We love you all! We will miss you so very much! But we plan to write and Skype and hope you will keep in touch as well. Keep on being the great family you are! It's hard to even think of all the changes there will be in grandkids! We will do our best to make you and Heavenly Father proud of us. We know time will fly. Can't believe we have already waited 18 months plus to begin this journey. 18 more to go!
May the Lord bless and keep you. Eu te amo!!
Elder & Sister Shirley