Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dear Sister Collyer

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Taiwan Taipei Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months.

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, December 16, 2009. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Mandarin Chinese language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.

The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessing and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place in you our confidence and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective missionary.

You will be set apart as a missionary by your stake president. Please send your written acceptance promptly, endorsed by your bishop.

Thomas S. Monson

I am humbled to join the thousands of missionaries around the world that are bringing people closer to Christ. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am grateful that i get to start my service this wonderful Christmas season.

There are so many people that have helped me reach this point in my life. My family is always so supportive. Each of you are a special blessing in my life. I am so grateful for all of the love you show me, and I know that i am here today because of you. Thank you so much!

I have also always had great friends in my life. From pre-school to college, you have always been such great examples. Thank you all for showing me how to withstand peer pressure and stand up for what is right in every situation. You are all so wonderful. I love you!

The wards that I grew up in were full of wonderful members and teachers. Thank you so much for putting up with me through the teenage years, and teaching and loving me in the times it mattered most. I know your guidance and love has helped me along the way.

The most important person I must thank in my life is Jesus Christ. He is my Lord, Savior, and Friend. I know He loves me, and I know that He died to provide a way for me to live with God again. I know that through the power of the Holy Ghost we can know the truth of all things. I pray that as I serve the Lord I can have the Spirit with me, that I may be an instrument in His hands to bring people the happiness that comes from the truth of the Gospel.

God bless you all! See you in a year and a half!

1 comment:

Teresa Beth Brower Timms said...

Your Grandpa and I are so proud that you have chosen to serve the Lord. You will be an awesome missionary!

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