Brandon is there! We very much enjoyed getting to talk to him on the phone during his layovers. Generally, missionaries get to call home on Christmas and Mother's Day. However, if a missionary is in the MTC during Mother's Day, they don't actually call home on that day (consider the hundreds of missionaries there that would need a phone line!), and instead, they call from the airport when they are departing for their mission.
Sister Gingery, the mission president's wife, is an angel, and she was so kind as to send an email to let us know when Brandon & his MTC companion, Elder Tracy, arrived there. On Wednesday, the 20th, she sent a picture and told us of his first activities:
"Today they go to immigration and a District Meeting as well as do some street contacting with the Assistants. Tonight they will get their trainers assigned to them, we'll have a nice dinner and then a testimony meeting and tomorrow they'll be out in the field. We'll be sending you our 'official' welcome to the mission letter by regular mail, but I thought you'd like to see a picture of them now and know that they are fine and happy."