This is an excerpt of a letter we received from Ben’s Mission President:
Dear Brother & Sister Gilbert,
Your son has arrived safely in the mission and has received his first assignment. We are so pleased to have him in the Ghana Kumasi Mission and we appreciate your efforts in preparing him for this mission.
His first assignment will be with Elder Anderson. We are grateful for his willingness to dedicate this time to the Lord and know he will come to love his service here. We have taught him that he is literally the representative of Jesus Christ to the people in his area. We have promised him that as he strives to do what the Savior would do each day, he will steadily become more like Him.
After the general training your son received in the Missionary Training Center (MTC), personal tutoring in the field begins. The training of new missionaries is critical to the success of their mission. Experienced missionaries are selected after much contemplation and prayer and assigned to be trainers. They are equipped with special resources to accomplish this important task.
Letters are a valuable aid in helping missionaries to be happy and do their best. Therefore, we encourage you to write often. Some families are maintaining contact through e-mail. He is allowed to communicate through email only on preparation day which is every Monday.
Thank you for sharing Elder Glibert with us. We consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve with him and will delight to see him progress spiritually as he learns to love and serve our Heavenly Father’s children here in Ghana.
Michael L. Cosgrave