28 February 2012
Dear Brother and Sister O’Brien,
I was pleased to welcome your son, Elder O’Brien, to the Washington Spokane Mission this week. I’m happy to report that he arrived safely. I had the privilege of meeting and associating with him the day of his arrival and note that it is evident that he comes with a great desire to serve Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Elder O’Brien understands the role of the Holy Ghost in accomplishing the work here in the Washington Spokane Mission and has committed to live worthy of that power.
After prayerful consideration, I have called Elder Wheeler to serve as Elder O’Brien’s training companion in the Spirit Lake, Idaho area. It is our objective to call only the best missionaries to serve as trainers and I believe that your son is in excellent training hands. We expect that your missionary will serve in this area for the next 6 to 12 weeks as he begins his mission and awaits his visa.
I have enclosed photographs of your missionary and assure you that Sister Palmer and I will love Elder O’Brien. Our great desire is that his time here will further establish him on the path of righteousness, as well as bless the many people he will serve.
Thank you so much for sharing Elder O’Brien with us.
S. Mark Palmer, President
WASHINGTON SPOKANE MISSION
That's right, they shipped him back to Idaho! What a beautiful area in which to serve, up near Coeur d'Alene. Too bad his wardrobe is for 75 degree weather...