Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Letter from the Mission President - Oct 26 2014

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

mutual blessing.


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.


Sincerely yours,


Graham Pilkington


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