Holy cow ... I made it. I´m sitting in the computer lab right now. I just finished my very first orientation meeting. I´m already less than 24 hours into this whole mission thing and it´s already one the best days of my life. The flight from Springfield was pretty tough. Flying over the city and seeing Hammon´s tower and all of the other Springfield landmarks made me pretty emotional.
Also, shoutout to the Hispanic woman at the airport that bumped me up to first class. The first class section of the plane was almost completely empty so I had two seats to myself. Ahhh I love nice people.
I was really worried about my connection in the Atlanta airport, cause it is like the busiest and biggest airport in the world and I´m an 18 year old that has never ever flown by himself before. Thankfully though, I found some TV, found the train, found where I was supposed to get off the train, and found my terminal. I was expecting the worst, and figured I would be alone all the way to Mexico. But holy cow Heavenly Father is watching over me today. The second I step into the terminal, a guy that looked my age and was wearing a suit waved to me and I went over and sat and talked with him. His name is Elder Sota, and he is going to the exact same mission I am. Elder Sota and I sat and watched for other missionaries to show up. 3 more ended up coming, one sister, one brother and ANOTHER elder headed to the same mission as I am. His name is Elder Bennett.
The flight to Mexico city was hands down the most interesting flight of my life. I got to sit in the emergency exit (yay extra leg room) and THEY GAVE EVERYONE FREE TURKEY SANDWICHES AND CANDY. For sure one of the highlights of the day. Man I love me a good turkey sandwich. It was pretty interesting not having my phone for 3.5 hours while I was in the plane. I don´t know if it is just in my head, but I swear my head is clearer because I don´t have my phone. It´s really nice not being bombarded with distractions and stupid things on twitter and the need to keep myself updated with instagram. Everyone should try putting there phones down for a day. It´s pretty nice.
Anywaysssssss I had no clue Mexico City was so big. It felt like we were flying over it for almost 30 minutes. The different color houses and the sky scrapers look way cool. I wish I could send pictures but this computer doesn´t have an SD card adapter (I´m gonna have to buy one of those) and it was also dead so yeahhh. We finally got to the airport and the pilot had the plane like super close to the runway and then things got crazy. Without warning, the plane pulls almost straight up, so I looked out the window to see what the heck was happening, and I see a plane go RIGHT under us. We ascended from 20ish feet to 11 thousand feet in what felt like 30 seconds. After a few minutes the pilot got on the intercom and told us they had a miscommunication with the air traffic control tower. But I survived so we all good.
My missionary friends and I got in a van and got driven to the CCM. I´m all safe now. My pday is on thursday, but I don't have one this week so I´ll talk to you guys next thursday.
I´ll work as hard as I can for you guys. Love you all.