Today marks a special day in Ben's mission service - his first call home! I was missing Ben a lot as I decorated the house this year, but I realized that it was going to be so exciting to talk to him live that Christmas was still going to be special! We Skyped Ben through our Xbox One using the Kinect so he could see the whole family at once and he was on the big screen. It was awesome!
He looked great, so happy and doing well. He introduced his companion, who he seems to really like. He would turn his head and translate something or comment to him in Portuguese and it was so cool to see him speaking a foreign language so well. He even seemed to have a hard time speaking English a bit at first.
He told us so much about the town he lives in Itajuba, he told us about the people he meets, and what his routines are. Ben said the area is really green and is known for it's waterfalls, that he has a great grocery store close to him, and that the people are really nice. He likes his mission president a ton. It's summertime there so the weather was close to 100. Nobody has air conditioners and they just use fans.
I am so glad we got to talk to him. He wrapped up with his testimony is Portuguese and we could feel the Spirit and his commitment to the gospel. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for the blessings that have been give to Ben, and the mission he is serving.