Dear families of missionaries in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission,
We are thrilled to have welcomed your missionary to our mission! We received 13 new missionaries so it has been a very exciting time!
After they all arrived on Monday we took them to the mission home for dinner, interviews with President Cotterell, a testimony meeting and dessert. After that everyone was ready for bed. They slept in the basement here at the mission home.
After breakfast on Tuesday morning, all of the missionaries were taken to the mission office to meet the office staff and to be oriented in some of the things they need to know to be a missionary. From there everyone returned to the mission home to meet their trainers. This is a wonderful experience for them to meet the missionary who has been specially picked to train them and to set the course for them to have a successful mission. Everyone had pictures taken with President Cotterell and I, and then with their trainer. They learned about the new 12 week training for new missionaries and then I fed them lunch. After this we were ready to go to the Raleigh Stake Center for the transfer meeting.
Our transfer meeting began at the Stake Center at 1:30pm. At this meeting all of the missionaries in the mission who are being transferred (about 1/4 of the mission this time) come to find out where they are going. They then leave for their new areas. Many of our new missionaries asked me what they would be doing when they got to their area on Tuesday night. I assured them that they would get right to work with either teaching appointments or contacting.
It is a pleasure to serve with your missionary. We felt a great strength from each one of them and we look forward to getting to know them individually, working and learning with them.
These are the missionaries, their companions and the area they are assigned to:
Elder Belliston serving with Elder Barbano of Murray, UT in Sanford
Elder Bentley serving with Elder Rice of Caldwell, ID in Jacksonville
Elder Bowes serving with Elder Hunsaker of El Dorado Hills, CA in Clinton
Elder Caldwell serving with Elder Johnson of Flagstaff, AZ in Henderson
Elder Fry serving with Elder Reimann of West Valley City, UT in Raleigh
Elder Hewlett serving with Elder Koplin of West Jordan, UT in Holly Springs
Elder Jenkins serving with Elder Latta of West Jordan, UT in Hope Mills
Elder Masulonis serving with Elder Loftin of Spanish Fork, UT in Morehead City
Elder Peck serving with Elder Schank of Kaysville, UT in Greenville
Elder Spencer serving with Elder Shirrod of Mesa, AZ in Fayetteville
Elder Tesch serving with Elder Brewer of Draper, UT in Smithfield
Elder Tschaggeny serving with Elder Grossman of St. George, UT in Raleigh
Elder Warner serving with Elder Compton of Salem, UT in Smithfield
Your missionary will fill in more details in their next email to you. Our preparation days are on Monday. They will look forward to an email from you at that time. They will use the same "myldsmail.net" address that they used in the MTC. Emailing privileges are for family only. Missionaries have a limited time to read and respond to emails. Be aware that most use computers at the public libraries. On holidays those libraries are usually closed so the missionaries aren’t able to email until Tuesday of that week. We encourage you to write uplifting and positive letters that will help them to keep focused on the important work they are doing here.
All other mail should come through the US Postal system and be mailed to the mission office using this address:
Missionary’s Full Name (we have several with the same last name)
North Carolina Raleigh Mission
6508 Falls of Neuse
Raleigh, NC 27615
The day the mail is received it is forwarded on to your missionary. This can only be done if the mail is sent by First Class, Priority or Express mail. If you choose to use UPS, Federal Express or parcel post mail it cannot be forwarded. Those items will get to your missionary, but they must wait at the office until someone travels to your missionary, which could be 3-6 weeks.
Once again, it is a pleasure serving the Lord in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission with your missionary.
North Carolina Raleigh Mission