Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Safe arrival of Sister Stevens

Dear Brother and Sister Stevens,
It is with pleasure we welcome your daughter, Sister Lisel Stevens, to the England Leeds Mission.  We find her prepared and committed to serve the Lord and to share the message of the Restored Gospel.
Your daughter's first companion is Sister Prokofjeva who was prayerfully selected to ensure the best introduction to missionary work for Sister Stevens.  They will be serving in the Leeds 1.2 Area in the Leeds Zone. We are confident their relationship will be a mutual blessing.
Weekly encouragement from home will certainly help inspire Sister Stevens's missionary effort.  We encourage you to write her once a week with letters that are uplifting in spirit.  Please let other family and friends know how important it is to write positive, encouraging letters that support missionary work.  Your daughter's permanent address is now:
Sister Lisel Stevens
England Leeds Mission
Lister House, Lister Hill
Leeds LS18 5AZ
You can send letters to your daughter's flat address, but make sure you remember transfers happen every six weeks.  Family and friends are asked to not visit or call their missionary in the field.  Such calls and visits will undermine the effectiveness of your missionary and their companion.  Please feel free to call the mission president in the event of an emergency at home.  Missionaries are not to call home without the president's permission.
Any anxiety of the missionary about finances will hinder the work.  Please do not send excess funds, as too much money can be as detrimental as not enough. Personal, practical and inexpensive gifts from home for birthdays or Christmas are permitted but adding money to their personal funds is more cost effective.  However, because missionaries move frequently and space is very limited; large, heavy or unnecessary items are discouraged.  Your missionary is limited to two bags and a briefcase.  The best gifts are consumables, such as ties, socks, small personal items, and goodies.
I want you to know that Sister Pilkington and I consider it a privilege to serve with your daughter and promise to help all we can as we strive to direct her efforts in the Lord's way.  We are available at all times, and Sister Stevens's physical, emotional and spiritual welfare is of utmost importance to us.
Sincerely yours,
Graham Pilkington

England Leeds Mission

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