Saturday, September 28, 2013

August 20, 2013

Dear Parents,
If you are receiving this email, it is because your child has provided this email address to the mission office as your contact.  If you receiving this in error, please advise and we will update our records as requested.

First, let me apologize for taking so long to get this email out to you.  Our family arrived at the first of  July and have been trying to acclimate to the fast pace of missionary service.  We love your children and are so grateful to each of you for permitting them to serve at this time. 

We will try to stay connected to each of you as best we can via a mission blog (please see email below from my spouse, Sister Smartt).  I wish we had more opportunity to communicate with you in a more direct and personal manner.  The reality is that there are almost 200 missionaries and only one of us!  Luckily with the tools of technology that we have, we are able to communicate with all of you directly and consistently.  We spend a great deal of time with each of your children  on a regular basis and will try to post as many pictures as possible on a regular basis for your enjoyment and to keep you connected.

We ask that you not share the blog posts with your missionary while he/she is serving in the mission.  This is due to legal reasons and in an effort to ensure their continued spiritual as well as physical safety. 

Warmest of wishes,
President Smartt
Puerto Rico San Juan Mission

Dear Parents of Our Wonderful Puerto Rico San Juan Missionaries:
We are so grateful for each one of the elders and sisters in our mission, and their consecration of 18 to 24 months of full-time service to building the Lord’s kingdom. In turn, we are grateful to you as parents for raising such fine men and women, and for allowing them to serve in Puerto Rico.
As an expression of our gratitude and appreciation, I have created a blog for you to follow. I will post pictures of your son or daughter, and will do my best to capture their comings and goings, and their joy and success as they labor in the Lord’s vineyard. As they email me pictures of their baptisms, I will post those as well.
The blog address is:
I hope you enjoy the blog as much as we enjoy serving with them!
Sister Smartt

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