Florida Ft. Lauderdale Mission
7951 SW 6th Street, Suite 110
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33324-3211
March 1, 2017
Dear Brother and Sister Starley,
Your son, Elder Starley has arrived safely this week in the Florida Ft. Lauderdale Mission and I am thrilled to have him here. He is very much needed. There is a great work to be done in this marvelous part of the world. Your son will be an instrument in the hands of the Lord and a fellow servant with us and 194 other faithful missionaries to accomplish His sacred and holy purposes.
I thought you might enjoy the attached picture that was taken at the initial orientation meeting with your son.
I pledge to you that I will do all I can to build upon that which you have taught your son, and to build upon the standards you have established for your family. Please know that I desire to sustain you in your sacred parental role and to never do anything that will detract from or interfere with that eternal relationship.
Missionary work is very hard and strenuous. Much will be expected from your missionary. I pray for your continued support and encouragement of your son as he begins this challenging and extraordinary experience. It will be a great blessing to him and to the work in our Mission, if you write to him each week and encourage him to be diligent in this great work. Should you have an emergency need to contact your son, I would appreciate your calling the Mission Office rather than calling your son directly.
I will do all I can to teach, and honor your son and allow him to realize the injunction, “O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve Him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the Last day,” and that he will have many opportunities to “invite all to come unto Christ and be perfected in him.”
Our Mission Motto is “Return with Honor.” Sister Richardson and I will do all we can to ensure that this will be realized by your son in all of its various forms. We invite you to be companions with us to ensure that this happens.
Douglas M. Richardson