June 8, 2011
Dear Brother and Sister Shaum,
King and I were pleased to welcome your son, Elder Shaum, to one of the
finest missions in the world, the Chile Santiago West Mission. He is
well and happy, and we are impressed with his enthusiasm for the work.
After greeting him at the airport and a brief tour of the beautiful city
of Santiago, we arrived at our mission home. I interviewed your son and
gave him a priesthood blessing. My Assistants and office missionaries
then gave him a brief orientation to the mission. We had a delicious
lunch together, he met his new companion, and that afternoon he left the
mission home and departed for his first area of labor.
Elder Shaum has been assigned to work with Elder Lopez,
who will serve as his training companion. Trainers are chosen for
their competence, patience and dedication, and are selected after
prayerful consideration. With this letter we are including a photograph
taken of your son and his new companion with Sister King and myself.
accept our deep appreciation for raising such a fine son. We feel a
genuine fellowship with you in supporting and providing him this
opportunity to grow spiritually as he labors to bring souls unto
Christ. It is my prayer that the Lord will inspire us all to
sustain him in this challenging assignment. Please write him
frequently, weekly if possible. Express your love, support, and
confidence in him. You will witness miraculous changes in his life as
he engages fully in the service of others.
ourselves, we understand your desire to occasionally send packages. For
your information, packages sent to your missionary through FedEx often
require large duty fees which must be paid by the missionary. Those
sent through Global priority mail, marked missionary supplies and valued
less then $100 usually arrive duty free and within 2 weeks.
If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to write.Sincerely,
President Richard W. King