Dear Brother and Sister Beeson,
On Wednesday afternoon, my wife, Julie, and I, greeted Sister Elisa Beeson at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport and welcomed her to this great mission. She was happy and excited to begin her mission. Thank you for all of your efforts to prepare her for the adventure that lies ahead. We understand what a great sacrifice you are making to support your daughter.
We drove from the airport to the mission home and took pictures of our new group of elders and sisters. The day was sunny, and beautiful. We then had lunch and provided a mission orientation. I also interviewed each missionary. The Assistants provided training in finding new investigators.
At about 6:30 pm, Sister Clements and I introduced them to their trainers, who greeted them with big smiles and bear hugs. After some more training, we sent them off to their assigned areas. Sister Beeson has an outstanding trainer whom I carefully and prayerfully selected. In two weeks, we will bring them back to Bloomington for a day of training in finding, teaching, and extending the baptismal invitation.
Your daughter joins a remarkable corps of accomplished and dedicated missionaries. There is a great tradition of obedience and accomplishment in this mission. She will serve with missionaries who desire to build the kingdom and who are willing to sacrifice their all for the cause. We serve in a beautiful part of the Lord’s vineyard where mighty rivers and beautiful lakes are plentiful. We are privileged to serve among faithful saints. The work is blessed and prospered by their faith and commitment.
Please encourage your daughter to obey all mission rules. She will become stronger, more mature, and more self-disciplined as she faithfully follows the rules. Her first area of service is Shingle Creek, Minnesota; her companion is Sister Stephanie Mansfield. Attached are some photos, which I hope you will enjoy.
We send our love and best Christmas wishes,