Hello Family & Friends,
Elder Long asked me to write on his blog this week as time did not permit and he won't have a p-day this week. He left his dear friends in Mexico City. He expressed his gratitude and deep love he has for them, the people and language. He was very sad to say goodbyes, and yet he was so excited to get to Honduras and see the country. His trip was a bit hectic it sounded like. He called us from the airport to basically say, my calling card didn't work, I sprinted to go buy another one, and I only have 1 minute until I catch my flight. We then got another call when he flew into San Pedro Sula Airport (I believe that is what he said) where they had a few hour layover. He went and asked a business man if he could use his phone...explained to him he was a missionary and that would be his last call to home until Christmas time. So...he called again for about 2 minutes. His words were, "You have no idea how hot and humid it is here. All 12 of us missionaries are drenched in our suits." He said it is a very high crime area and that army guys stood around all 12 of them their entire layover. The business man told them that they were headed to one of the most difficult and dangerous airports to land at, The Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We U-Tubed it last night and it is quite the site. The airlines have to come low over the mountain tops and then drop down quickly onto a one landing strip runway. It was pretty cool to watch. Mariano sounded very excited and anxious for his new adventure. He wanted me to express to everyone how thankful he is for your support. He wanted it on every possible social media. Ha Ha! He bore a quick testimony in Spanish. WOW! I was surprised as to how well he can speak the language already. I had no idea what he said, but the spirit was so strong, that I know.
We know that he has much to accomplish there and has a lot of hard work a head of him. We know he will be a fabulous missionary because he loves the gospel and he loves people. We know the people are in for a real treat to have him, and we also know that they are a warm and friendly people and that they will love our son and take good care of him.
So...the best of luck in this new chapter...serving the Lord and the people of Honduras.We love you so very much.