Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

Dear Parents of Elder Dorrance,

We are so pleased to welcome your son to the West Indies Mission! He arrived safely in Trinidad & Tobago on Monday night, February 10th.  On Tuesday, he and sixteen other missionaries from the MTC were given a tour and brief training in the mission office, attended a district meeting for the first time in their mission, and then received instructions from the assistants to the president. We spent the remainder of the afternoon and evening with them in the mission home for a welcome dinner and a spirit-filled devotional. We have loved getting to know him and we love him already. He is a bright and thoughtful young man, and is clearly excited to go to work teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Yesterday and today, each new missionary is either flying or driving to their assigned area. Elder Dorrance has been assigned to labor in Rosignol in Guyana, one of the three South American countries in the West Indies Mission. There is a growing number of members in Guyana and the missionaries enjoy much success working closely with them. His new companion is Elder Hodgkinson, an experienced faithful missionary who will guide your son through a 12-week training program. 

Elder Dorrance's faithful studies in the Book of Mormon, Preach My Gospel and the 12-week training program will prepare him to be an inspired teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please encourage your son as he begins this challenging but extremely rewarding work. His gospel study and diligent obedience will help him teach effectively by the Spirit and to grow in his own testimony and conversion, which will be a foundation for his mission and also for the rest of his life.

Your son is encouraged to email his immediate family and his mission president every week on Monday, our Preparation Day.

We look forward to getting to know him and working with him in the great work of salvation in the West Indies Mission. Thank you for sharing him with us!

President and Sister Mehr

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