Dear Parents and Loved Ones:
Your missionary arrived "safe and sound" Tuesday night (after a significant delay in Dallas) --- arriving at the MTC after midnight ... and was involved all morning at the MTC here in Guatemala in orientation for their next phase of training. They finally got into the classroom in the afternoon and have started learning more Spanish & teachings from Preach My Gospel.
I've attached a photo (three separate groups) of them out in front of the flags in the entry of the MTC here in Guatemala. Sorry, they are not great pictures --- but enjoy! You are no doubt very proud of your missionary. You should be! This is a very good group of 22 missionaries who join another extraordinary group of 5 North Americans who are in their final three weeks PLUS 42 missionaries from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Chile, Panama, and other Latin American countries.
Your missionary has Preparation Day on Tuesdays and will be writing to you then. I know that your support through letters and emails bless your 'missionary' a lot --- and will be greatly appreciated. In addition to email, you may choose to send letters as well through the pouch according to the instructions received in the call packet of your missionary. [He goes on to explain the addresses and the how-to's. But since Sam will only be there less than 3 weeks now, it is probably best to send email or to his mission office where he will get it when he reports there.]
I also invite you to go to our personal website at www.davidachristensen.com When you get to the site, click on Guatemala MTC ... You can then browse around or take a tour of the MTC. Within a few weeks you may find your missionary in one or more of the pictures. ENJOY!!! If you feel the need to communicate anything to me, please feel free to do so at this email address ---- firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for your missionary!!! We come to love these missionaries a great deal and appreciate you lending them to the Lord for this season of their lives.
President David A. Christensen
He's hiding behind and between the sisters!