As we had gone to bed that night after having taken Tyler to the airport, Steve had mentioned that he wondered if perhaps we might receive an email from Tyler the next day stating that he had arrived safely to England.
The next morning.I woke up a few minutes before the alarm went off and thought as I lay there....
I got up to check my email and sure enough there it was!
Hey Mum and Dad,
This can't be a very long email but after a terrifying plane crash, swimming 20 miles through shark infested water, making it to a deserted island, creating a signal fire and living off the land. We were able to construct a make shift raft and another 4 hours we finally made it to the coast of Africa. There we were able to catch a ride on a lion to England! I made it with only a couple of amputations. But really after a long 7 hour flight I am now safely at the England MTC in Preston. It is really small but like Bishop Jarman said beautiful. I'm very tired and a bit hungry. It is so pretty here in England everything seems so small though...the houses...cars....oh my gosh the lanes are tiny, they are seriously like maybe 6ft wide. I'm really excited to start learning all I can and serving the people and teaching the people of England. Hopefully I will do good. Its all quite exhilarating (read last sentence in an English accent) I love you all and will write letters and another email soon. I miss you guys. But I am safe and doing well.
God be with you
On my way
Love, Elder Tyler Rife
p.s. forward this to the rest of the family.
It was so nice to hear from him and he sounded like he was in pretty good spirits as well as having arrived safely. Ohhh I miss him already! :)