Friday, March 13, 2015

A Mission is a Life Changing Experience

Sorella Nedelkov, Sorella Dixon, Sister Dibb, President Dibb
March 2015

Dear Brother and Sister Dixon,

Sister Dibb and I are happy to report that your daughterSavanna Dixon, has arrived, received a warm Italy Milan Mission welcome, and been sent out to the field. Her first city of labor is Lampugnano and her companion is Sister Nedelkov.

My primary concern as mission president is the well-being of each missionary and to help them realize the purpose of a mission call, to “Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” (Preach My Gospel, page 1). I invite you to join me in that effort.  Through your prayers, encouraging letters and support of mission rules, you can help your missionary in this challenging but wonderful experience.

A mission is a life changing experience for both the missionary and those she teaches.  It requires faith, spirituality, discipline, obedience, physical stamina and great effort. Early in a missionary’s mission, the task ahead can seem overwhelming.  However, with persistent effort and faith in Jesus Christ, a new missionary can achieve great things and do all that is necessary to become a great servant of our Heavenly Father.  Throughout your missionary’s mission, but especially in these early months, I encourage you to write letters expressing your confidence in her and the inspired calling she has received.

Parents often have a variety of questions about mission life and policies. To help answer some of those we most frequently receive, I have attached some information that I hope will be helpful.  I encourage you to read it carefully and save it as a reference while your missionary is here with us in Italy.  I am also attaching a photograph of your missionary with Sister Dibb and me.

Thank you for all you have done to prepare this wonderful missionary to serve our Heavenly Father and the people of Italy. Please let us know if you have any concerns or if we can be of any help.

Un caro saluto,

Presidente Bruce L. Dibb

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