Dear family of Elder Sawyer, November 8, 2012
We were very pleased to welcome your son as he arrived safely to our mission full of enthusiasm and excitement. We spent a busy day with interviews, training, and meeting their first companion. His trainer is Elder Valenzuela from Chile. After lunch he traveled with his companion to start their missionary work in their respective areas.
We are grateful to you for having prepared your missionary to be able to serve the wonderful people in this beautiful country. We pray the Lord’s blessings be upon you and your family for the sacrifices that you have made.
A couple of pointers regarding mail and packages. In Colombia there is no national mail system. All of our correspondence is through email. Keep in mind if you are mailing packages from the USA the flat rate package boxes are the most economical way. Please keep it under 4 lbs. Packages weighing less than 4 lbs are delivered directly to our office. If the package weighs more than 4 lbs it is held up in customs at the airport and there is an extra fee that must be paid to get the package out of customs. This extra cost is paid for by the missionary using his personal funds.
From the missionary handbook it says this about expenses.
“Use funds from home for other necessary expenses, such as replacing necessary clothing, …approved telephone calls home, and medical expenses not paid by the mission (medical care for preexisting conditions, co-payments, and normal eye or dental care).
Keep other expenses to a minimum and pay for them with funds from home, including expenses for film and film developing, souvenirs, gifts, …any damage that you cause to apartments”
If your missionary needs money from home there are several options. 1. A debit card from home. The family may place money into that account when needed for by the missionary for his personal use. 2. Send a cashier’s check or traveler’s check via Federal Express to the mission office in the missionary’s name. 3 Western Union.
Thank you for helping to prepare them to serve the Lord for these next two years.
President and Sister Andelin