Finally, in the late afternoon, we received an email from his mission office secretary. It read as follows:
Dear parents of today’s arriving missionaries to the New York New York South Mission,
Because of the winter conditions in New York and the East Coast today, the connecting flight in Detroit for the missionaries travelling here was cancelled and they were not able to be rebooked on another flight today. The Church’s Travel Department has arranged hotel rooms for them to stay the night in Detroit and Delta is in the process of rebooking them on a flight for tomorrow. They are all together and safe and President Calderwood will be in touch with them. We will keep you posted on the plans for their arrival. If you have any questions, please feel free to call.
We were very happy to hear that he was safe. This morning we received this email:
Dear family of Elder Hull,
We just want to send you a quick note to let you know that your missionary just arrived safely in New York City this morning. President and Sister Calderwood met them at the airport, will feed and visit with them, and this afternoon they will meet their new companions who have been chosen by inspiration to train them. Within a few days you will receive an email letter from President and Sister Calderwood with a picture of your missionary. The missionary preparation day is Monday so you will be hearing from your missionary then.
Thank you for entrusting your missionary to us in the New York New York South mission. We so appreciate all you have done to get these missionaries to this point in their lives.
So now the real adventure begins!
Also ... this week Brandt emailed the following:
So, the last Sunday before we left was Mission Conference, and we sang If You Could Hie to Kolob. Like, as a quartet. I was bass. Sister Trost wanted to get you a copy of the footage, so we'll have to see how that goes. But, Sister Taylor, the wife of our branch 2nd counselor, was able to take a few pictures. She sent us this email:
We sure are excited for you to be in the field at this point! It was an HONOR to serve with you in the MTC in our branch!
There was something so special about your districts and our branch over the past 6-7 weeks, we thank you for coming with such great attitudes with such a desire to be completely obedient and to have the quiet dignity...and still be able to have so much fun! This will be a good pattern for the rest of your missions!
These photos are from so far away during your musical number, but they show you in action nonetheless! I wish I would have taken one on the big screen of Elder Sirrine...but I was feeling a bit embarrassed to be taking so many photos by then :)
Forward them to your families (I sent them to Sister Johnson's Mom) because if it was ME as the Mom, I would want them!
We love you so much and know that your great Mission President and Wife are grateful for who you already are!
Brother Scott and Sister Cheryl Taylor~ Branch 23 MTC
What a blessing it is to have the pictures that Sister Taylor captured! We are so grateful that she thought to take them, especially since we have never seen Brandt sing a musical number before.