Saturday, December 5, 2015

Letter from Mission President and his Wife

Dear Brother and Sister Smith,

We are happy to report that Elder Evan Philip Smith has arrived safely in the Peru Lima West Mission after several weeks of intensive missionary and language training.  He arrives in our midst accompanied by the many prayers you have offered for his welfare and safety.  We thank you for your loving support of his service and encourage your continued prayers on his behalf. We now join your prayers with our own.  We love him and are eager to serve with him.  We sense in his spirit a tremendous desire to serve the Lord.  

Sister Archibald, Elder Smith, President Archibald

He has been assigned to one of our best Elders, who will help to polish the skills he has already acquired.  He will grow to trust his experience and will develop tremendous love and respect for this first companionship in the field.   

This new group of missionaries is a beautiful sight to behold, armed with a prophetic call to serve, and magnified by the spirit of the Holy Ghost.  Attached is a photograph of Elder Smith with the other missionaries he arrived with.  It is humbling to be in their presence.  We extend our gratitude to you for sharing him with us.  We will do all in our power to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Peru.  

New Missionaries in Peru Lima West Mission

The people of Peru are loving, kind, humble, and are responding to the gospel message in joyful ways.  We recently celebrated the 100th stake in Peru.  This is the Land of Lehi.  Your son is helping to fulfill the promises made to that great prophet when he was assured by the Lord that his descendants would not be forgotten.  He will be teaching the descendents of those children who sat upon the resurrected Savior's knee.  We bear witness that they have not been forgotten by the Lord.  He is sending some of His most choice servants to find them and bring them back to His fold.  Elder Smith is one such servant.

Elder Smith will be a great asset to the other missionaries and to the Kingdom as it is established here.  Thank you for preparing him to serve at this time, in this place, and in this way.  We know that as he works hard, studies, prays, and humbly seeks the guidance of the Holy Ghost, miracles will unfold in his life and in the lives of those he teaches.  We marvel at the miracles performed by the Lord as He magnifies our young missionaries as they bear His message in His vineyard.  God bless them and you for sacrificing to become engaged in this noble cause.           
With gratitude and love,

President and Sister Archibald
Peru Lima West Mission

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