We are grateful for the arrival of you son in the India Bangalore Mission. He arrived safe and in good spirits. We have great need for him as a missionary. We felt the strength of his testimony as he shared with us his feelings for missionary work.
Your son has been assigned to work in the city of Hyderabad, in the West Marredpally 2nd Ward, serving with Elder Surya from India. Elder Surya is an experienced, dedicated missionary and we are confident that they will be able to help and support each other in the work of the Lord here in India.
We have attached photos of your son the morning that he arrived, one with President Berrett and me and one with his companion.
Many parents have asked about sending packages to their missionaries. Postage is expensive for those sending from outside India and custom charges are often assessed. We recommend that for birthdays and holidays that you put money in their personal account to save on customs charges and risk of damage. If you send a package, especially from outside India, it should be sent to the mission office. THE FIRST LINE OF THE ADDRESS SHOULD READ -- “Indian Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” This is for customs purposes. The missionaries name should be written elsewhere on the package. Please keep in mind that most of our transfers are done by air travel. The local airlines have a 15 kg (about 33 lbs.) weight limit. Missionaries struggle to keep within that limit so they transfer very light and discard items not necessary.
The Mission Office address changed about 6 months ago. The new address is as follows:
India Bangalore Mission
No. 2, Rear Building
Garudarcharpalya, Mahadevapura Post,
Opp. ABB Tech Park
Whitefield Road, Karnataka
Thank you for your help in your son's preparation and your support of him as he serves. The people of India are so grateful for the truth and knowledge the missionaries share. I know he will come to love the people with a deep love.
|with Pres. and Sis. Berrett|
|with his companion, Elder Surya|
***Note from Jen: It looks like Hyderabad is about 569 km (354 miles) north of Bangalore. It would be about an 8 hour drive; but they fly, so it's a quick 1 hour flight.