July 11, 2017
Dear Brother & Sister Orchard,
On 11 Jul. 17, we welcomed Elder Orchard to the Scotland/Ireland Mission. He arrived safely from the Missionary Training Center and we are excited to have him in our mission. I interviewed him and felt his spirit and desire to serve our Heavenly Father. One of our very best missionaries, Elder Mueller, has been assigned to be his trainer. Together they will serve in the Edinburgh Zone, Livingston Ward.
I will have the opportunity to meet with Elder Orchard for a personal interview every six weeks. In addition, your missionary will be writing me a weekly letter of his activities as well as a personal note. He will also meet regularly with his district and zone leaders where he will be trained with other missionaries. Therefore, with interviews and our weekly letters, I should be able to help him meet any challenges he may have.
We are grateful for the part you have played in preparing your son to serve in this important work. We would encourage you to write him weekly letters of encouragement. Letters from home provide a powerful sustaining effect on the confidence and morale of our missionaries.
If you have a concern about your missionary, please feel free to contact us here at the Mission office. We testify of the truthfulness of this work and are grateful to be a part of it.
George R Donaldson, President