Friday, August 23, 2013

Letter from President Newell




 August 22, 2013

Dear Brother and Sister Smith, 

We met your daughter, Sister Delaney Shay Smith, this past week as she arrived in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been a delight to become acquainted with her.  

Upon arrival, she was taken into the city of Stockholm for immigration paperwork. After boarding the bus she had a “glimpse of Sweden” and was taken to the Church’s Young Single Adult Center, located in the heart of Stockholm, for a light lunch, training, and contacting in the streets of Stockholm with her trainer, Sister Holly Sjoblom.  After orientation, Sister Newell and I invited her and her MTC group to the Mission Home for light refreshments. In addition, she was oriented to the Sweden Stockholm Mission policies and procedures at Täby Ward.  I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time in an interview with your daughter. We concluded the day’s activities with prayer and your daughter and her new companion retired for the evening at the Scandic Hotel. 

The next morning, your daughter attended a Swedish Breakfast Buffet from at the Scandic Hotel.  We then departed for the nearby Täby Chapel where the Assistants, Sister Newell and I provided training.  After a Testimony Meeting, a luncheon was served.  Then the new sisters and their companions travelled to their assigned area in the Mission.   

Sister Smith and Sister Sjoblom will serve together in the Västerhaninge II area of the Sweden Stockholm Mission. I would like you to know I have experienced some of my most tangible moments of revelation in the assigning of companionships.  I know your daughter and Sister Sjoblom will learn much from each other, and together they will be edified as they labour valiantly, with full purpose of heart and obedience, in the service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

Attached is information on the mailing address for letters and packages. This information will help your packages arrive in a timely manner.  Please share this mailing address information with relatives and friends that may be writing or sending packages. Traditionally, Preparation Day is held on Monday in the Sweden Stockholm Mission. This is the day you can expect to receive an email from your daughter. We encourage you to also communicate weekly with your daughter as correspondence from home can be a great source of faith and support for this sacred work in which she is engaged.

I bear my witness that this is the work of our Savior Jesus Christ, and it is a sacred responsibility to wear his name above my heart. I am grateful for all you have done to prepare your daughter and for the sacrifices you have made and are making to support her as she continues in her labors. May our Heavenly Father’s most generous blessings be with you and yours. 

With respect and kind regards, 

Gregory J. Newell
Gregory J. Newell, President