MISION CHILE SANTIAGO OESTE
Presidente Jose A. Barreiros
Correos, Casilla 149
10 September 2014
Dear Brother and Sister Harries,
Sister Barreiros and I were pleased to welcome your son, Elder Harries, to one of the finest missions in the world, the Chile Santiago West Mission. He is well and happy, and we are impressed with his enthusiasm for the work. After greeting him at the MTC and a brief tour of the beautiful city of Santiago, we arrived at our mission Office. I interviewed your son. My Assistants and office missionaries then gave him a brief orientation to the mission. We had a delicious lunch together, he met his new companion, and that afternoon he left the mission home and departed for his first area of labor.
Elder Harries has been assigned to work with Elder Kennedy, who will serve as his training companion. Trainers are chosen for their competence, patience and dedication, and are selected after prayerful consideration. With this letter we are including a photograph taken of your son and his new companion with Sister Barreiros and myself.
Please accept our deep appreciation for raising such a fine son. We feel a genuine fellowship with you in supporting and providing him this opportunity to grow spiritually as he labors to bring souls unto Christ. It is my prayer that the Lord will inspire us all to sustain him in this challenging assignment. Please write him frequently, weekly if possible. Express your love, support, and confidence in him. You will witness miraculous changes in his life as he engages fully in the service of others.
Being parents ourselves, we understand your desire to occasionally send packages. For your information, packages sent to your missionary through FedEx often require large duty fees which must be paid by the missionary. Those sent through Global priority mail, marked missionary supplies and valued less than $100 usually arrive duty free and within 2 weeks. But currently there is a mail strike here in Chile, so please communicate with your son through Email.
If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to write.
President Jose A. Barreiros
Chile Santiago West Mission
Elder Bangerter y Elder Wagner
Misión Chile Santiago Oeste
0225312258 / 94401463
Here is a few more pictures. Your sons new companion is Elder Kennedy,who is a district leader. He is neat guy and will be a good influence. Elder Harries was so excited this afternoon. There is a picture of the trainers waiting to meet their new companion. It is fun to watch as they come out of the building to find their trainer. This is a really good group of missionaries. Many of them were a little scared today as now real missionary experience begins. They will adjust in time. PD is on Monday so he should email you. Also he wrote me a very nice letter. Elder Bertagna