Dear Brother and Sister Rash :
I am happy to report that your son, Elder Rash, has officially arrived in our mission!
We are so delighted to have him safely here with us in Johannesburg. He seems happy, looks great and is excited for his service as a full-time missionary. Thank you so much for helping him prepare for this sacred duty. Attached please find a photo of him with Sister Dunn and myself. Also attached is a photo of him with his new companion, and his official mission photo card which will be on our transfer board for the next two years, and which I hope will also find a place in your home.
After meeting your son this morning, we conducted a brief orientation at the mission office where he received an overview of all mission-related issues including instructions on flats, mission rules, hygiene, mission vehicles, allotment cards, health and safety. We will also meet with him and his companion for a lunch and follow up training at the mission home on Thursday. Because of the overwhelming amount of information, all content was then provided to him as part of a Mission Policy Manual that he can refer to and review in the weeks and months ahead.
I also had the wonderful opportunity to interview your son and get to know him as he begins his mission. Again, he appears ready and eager for service. Based on my impressions about your son he has been assigned Elder Thompson to be his trainer and first companion, and his first area is Protea Glen. Please look for an email from your son this coming Monday which is his preparation day, where he will no doubt be sharing his impressions of what is usually always a very hectic but exhilarating week.
In behalf of my wife and our entire mission please know we are so thrilled to have Elder Rash in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission. We are committed to doing all we can to make his mission the incredible, life-changing experience it should be. To that end if I can ever be of assistance to you or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
With Love and Best Regards,
Pres. and Sis. Dunn