Here is an excerpt from his last letter, "I am excited to leave! I really thought this day would never come, but now it's right around the corner! Crazy. I have been reading a lot since I've been here. I have read all of the Gospels in the New Testament. Found my new favorite scripture: Mark 10:45. Check it out. Also, Our Search for Happiness. Awesome book. And, I'm about half way done with The Infinite Atonement. That book is insane. Tell Dad he needs to read it.
Anyways, I look forward to talking to everyone on Monday! And eating airport food! Make sure you're around so I don't get the answering machine!"
Austin's best friend Kyle's "tail" that he sent Austin in getting ready to submit his own mission papers (He sent Austin his wisdom teeth too, but I didn't think you would all want to see the photo of that!) Austin said he would hold onto to it until they were both back from their missions, and then give it back to Kyle!
"Elder Lybbert from our district drew all of our pictures and then Sister Lund sent them home and her mom had T-shirts made out of them for us. This photo is of all of us wearing them."
Austin and his long time friend and soccer buddy, Elder Daniel Layton (Dan is going to Chile)
He called us from the airport in Salt Lake City, but he only had about 3 minutes to talk, so we didn't get much info., other than to hear his voice and tell him we loved him. (Just long enough for his mom to get a big ole lump in her throat and have her eyes mist over!) He had stops in Detroit and Amsterdam, but neither were long enough for him to call again. As far as we know he arrived in Romania safely...we have yet to hear from him. More to come soon. . .