I am happy to inform you that Sister Yoshimoto arrived in Las Vegas with a smile on her face and a wonderful spirit. Thank you for preparing her to serve the Lord. We will do our best to build on what you have taught her by incorporating the principles of missionary work found in Preach My Gospel. When her service is finished she will be a stronger person with a deep commitment to the Lord.
Sister Lauren Yoshimoto with Sister Kelcy Jensen-Coon
Sister Lauren Yoshimoto with Sister and President Neider
We hope as you write or email her weekly to express your love, that you will also encourage her to live up to the commitments she made when she accepted this call. Missionary work is hard, and many times it is discouraging. Your letters of encouragement and love will help her continue to work hard and be happy. If problems arise at home we hope you will be thoughtful about what you share, so as not to distract her attention from the work. If you detect any continuing problems through her letters, please write or email me if you feel we can help.
Phone calls to family members occur two times a year, on Mother’s day and on Christmas day. As you can imagine, many people visit or pass through Las Vegas. We follow the church guidelines that there be no visits from family or friends. Visits are difficult for missionaries as their focus is interrupted. Please do not ask your missionary to see you or friends while she is serving. Please help your missionary live the mission rules including calling only on the designated days.
Finally, the missionaries are provided a monthly allowance that covers their needs. This mission has some of the most generous members of the church. In most areas the missionaries are scheduled in a member home for dinner every evening. Please help your missionary learn to live on a budget. Don’t supplement her with unnecessary funds. If an unexpected expense or emergency comes up she will email you.
Your love and support are so important to her success. She will be blessed as she is obedient and she will be happier. Again we thank you for your faith in sending your sister out to serve the Lord.
Michael A. Neider, PresidentNEVADA LAS VEGAS MISSION