Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Left the CCM for the mission field today
Dear Brother and Sister Holdstock,

Sister Woodward and I were pleased to welcome your son, Elder Holdstock, to one of the finest missions in the world, the Chile Santiago West Mission.  He is well and happy, and we are impressed with his enthusiasm for the work.  After departing from the MTC, he arrived at our mission home and I interviewed your son. He is a wonderful worthy person. We had lunch together and afterward, we went to the mission office which is the Stake Center of Maipú. My Assistants and office missionaries then gave him a brief orientation of the mission. He met his new companion, and they departed for his first area!

Elder Holdstock has been assigned to work with Elder Benitez, who will serve as his training companion.  Trainers are chosen for their competence, patience and dedication, and are selected after prayerful consideration.  With this letter we are including a photograph taken of your son and his new companion with Sister Woodward and myself.

Please accept our deep appreciation for raising such a fine son.  We feel a genuine fellowship with you in supporting and providing him this opportunity to grow spiritually as he labors to bring souls unto Christ.  It is my prayer that the Lord will inspire us all to sustain him in this challenging assignment. He will experience some of the most difficult as well as the most rewarding moments of his life here. Please write him frequently, weekly if possible.  Express your love, support, and confidence in him.  You will witness miraculous changes in his life as he engages fully in the service of others.

If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to write.

President Christopher G. Woodward
Chile Santiago West Mission

Elder Bello y Elder Baten
Secretarios Ejecutivos
Mision Chile Santiago Oeste
Alberto Llona 1580, Maipu


Clayton with President and Sister Woodward
and companion Elder Benitez

Clayton with President and Sister Woodward
1st day in the Misión Chile Santiago Oeste

Clayton's 1st area: Olimpo

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