Just got off the phone with Elder Samis! It was so good to talk to him, especially after missing his phone call this morning from the Salt Lake City airport. Thankfully, he had a chance to call home from the Vancouver airport while waiting for the American elders and sisters to clear customs (sadly, the rest of the family wasn't home to talk to him). He is really exited to be in Vancouver. He said surprisingly he isn't even nervous, just "stoked" to be in the mission field. They will be eating dinner with President and Sister Tilleman this evening and then staying in a hotel for the night. He is really happy to get to spend a little more time with his MTC district before they get separated. It sounds like they have all grown really close and are really going to miss each other. Apparently, his MTC companion, Elder B, is an actual chef and had a lot to say about cafeteria food :) I'm thinking Elder B's companions in the mission field will eat really well, even when they don't have dinner appointments. Maclean said he would love to have him as a companion again (we know that is highly unlikely).
He is planning on sending some pictures next p-day, and I am really looking forward to getting them! I am relieved that he has taken some. I was starting to wonder since he hadn't sent us any. Can't wait to find out how the next several days go for him. Please keep him in your prayers. Although he is excited to be there I am sure it will be a big adjustment!