Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Calling for Elder Gregory

Letter received today from President Margetts:

Dear Elder Gregory,
At this transfer, you have been called to the position of Trainer. It is a pleasure to have you serve as a new missionary trainer. This is probably the most important calling in the mission. Helping a new missionary get a firm foundation at the beginning is essential.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6)

In this calling, you will be leading, teaching, and directing the growth of a new junior companion. "A missionary's first companion has a lasting influence on the development of his or her attitude and habits" (Mission President's Handbook). It is my desire to call only the most capable missionaries, those who are absolutely obedient and know how to find, teach and baptize converts.

"I would call only my finest missionaries to be trainers...if you want to change your mission, just change your trainers." (Elder Tingey, June 1997 Mission President's Seminar)

Thank you for being worthy of this special calling and responsibility. We have great faith in your abilities. Please be sure to be kind and sensitive to the needs of your new companion as they go through this transition but you should also set your expectations high. We continue to pray for your success and the success of the Mission.

Faithfully yours,
President Sherman K. Margetts