Dear Brother and Sister Thompson,
It is with pleasure we welcome your son, Elder Coleman Andrew Thompson, to the
England Leeds Mission. We find him prepared and committed to serve the Lord and to
share the message of the Restored Gospel.
Your son's first companion is Elder Jaeger who was prayerfully selected to ensure the
best introduction to missionary work for Elder Thompson. They will be serving in the North
Shields 1.1 Area in the Sunderland Zone. We are confident their relationship will be a
Weekly encouragement from home will certainly help inspire Elder Thompson's missionary
effort. We encourage you to write him once a week with your letters uplifting in spirit.
Please let other family and friends know how important it is to write positive, encouraging
letters that support missionary work. Your son's permanent address is now:
Elder Coleman Andrew Thompson
England Leeds Mission
Lister House, Lister Hill
Leeds LS18 5AZ
You can send letters and packages to your son's flat address, but make sure you
remember transfers happen every six weeks. Families and friends are asked to not visit
or call their missionaries in the field. Such calls and visits will undermine the effectiveness
of missionaries and their companions. 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
Any anxiety of the missionary about finances will hinder the work. Please do not send
excess funds, 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 son
and promise to help all we can, and strive to direct his efforts in the Lord's way. We are
available at all times, and Elder Thompson's physical, emotional and spiritual welfare is of
utmost importance to us.