|The new group of missionaries at the mission home!|
|President and Sister Garcia with Jeni|
|An exciting moment... "I was maybe freaking out a little...meeting my new companion who speaks only Spanish!"|
|A good looking group of missionaries!|
Dear Velasquez Family,
We are pleased to inform you that Sister Velasquez has arrived safely in Mérida, Yucatán. We express to you our gratitude that you have prepared such a wonderful missionary. My wife and I feel very honored to have this great missionary in our mission. We will be anxiously taking care of her health physically, as well as spiritually. Trust in the Lord that He will protect her in this great work. Remember when writing, to encourage and express the feelings that the Spirit puts in your heart. Explain to her the spiritual progress that you are making while she is serving the Lord, and ask her to share with you some of her spiritual experiences. Be positive and help her focus on the mission.
These 2 years are very important for her as a missionary, future mother, and leader in the church. She will have great experiences, many challenges and temptations that she will encounter for afflictions, but just as the Lord comforted Joseph Smith by saying these words of comfort “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for their good,” she also will learn from her own experiences.
Encourage her to press onward and support her in the difficult times. The life of a missionary is not easy, and one should not think it is, but by trusting in the tender mercies of the Savior, He will make our burdens light.
We love you very much, and please have confidence that your daughter is in the best hands, the hands of the Lord and that He has assigned us to this mission at this specific time so that we can care for her. She will be our daughter and as our daughter we will love her and will be mindful of all her needs. Our Redeemer promises great blessings for His missionaries if they are faithful, endure to the end, and keep their eye single to the glory of God: “And any man that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom, and fail not to continue faithful in all things, shall not be weary in mind, neither darkened, neither in body, limb, nor joint; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither thirst.” D&C 84:80 Please feel free to call Sister Garcia for anything that might worry you about your daughter. You can contact her at any time of the day and she will attend your needs.
We send you our sincere greetings and a big hug.
President and Sister García
Mission Mexico Merida