We were sound asleep when the phone rang at 2:52 AM. Marcie quickly answered and I slowly woke up. We talked with Tanner for about 40 minutes. We tried to wake up the other kids. Jenna and Tayton were able to wake up, Jade couldn't wake up and stayed in bed. Tanner said that he woke up at 4:30 AM to get ready for the flight (1:30 AM in Utah). He said it was hard to say goodbye to his District since they were going to different missions, he said they were all really good friends. He said that a lot of them plan to attend BYU, so he looks forward to seeing them again. Tanner was traveling with 6 Brazilian missionaries. Elder Andrew Blackham was in training in Teresina and said in a letter that he hopes to see Elder Tanner Smoot and talk with him for a minute.
Tanner sounded good and was excited to be heading to Teresina. His p-day is on Monday's so we will not get a letter from him until Monday. So we tried to talk as long as his traveling companions would let him. It was great to hear Elder Smoot's voice, he seems to be doing well.