We talked to EJ! Jim didn't go to work this morning, so as not to miss the phone call. When my phone buzzed, we ran to answer it, and put it on speaker. I'd heard that putting a cell phone in a cereal bowl boosts the volume, and let me testify (can I get an amen?) that this WORKS. (congregation nods, and says confidently, "Amen!") We heard EJ loud and clear.
We talked about things he was sending home (one of his suits--the one he's had for several years--and the letters he responded to), his new ability to solve a Rubik's cube (this is what he's learned in the MTC?), giving a sacrament prayer in Spanish during church, having a short conversation with Elder Archuleta (small talk--"hello" "how's it going?" "where are you going on your mission"), seeing guys from our ward/stake, some of the devotionals.
He's very excited to be on his way to Mexico. We consider him very lucky, because several elders who were supposed to leave for Tijuana at the end of Feb STILL have not gotten their visas and have been serving in stateside areas for 6-8 weeks already, but EJ and his companion and district leader all got their visas on time and are at the airport now.
I can't wait for the first email!