Christmas For Missionaries
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If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to
collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather
teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A Letter of Gratitude
Karl and I received a letter in the mail from Mecan, China (9/29/2005). This is an example of how much our Christmas packages/letters really do make a difference in the lives of these missionaries. Here are some excerpts from that letter:
Dear Pearson Family,
"...It has been six years since you wrote to me. I was the only member in my family by that time. They don't really celebrate Christmas. Receiving your presents and letters really gave me strength to carry on the work on my mission. Sorry for that time I was not good at reading English, so I didn't write back as much as I should."
Okay, I only remember getting 2 very short communications from him. One was a letter, perhaps 6 or 7 sentences. The other was a postcard. He served in the New York, New York North or South Mission--can't remember which one. He goes on to say:
"I had a great missionary experience in New York....Serving two years there strengthen my testimony a lot and develop the love toward my fellow beings."
He then says that after his mission he went to LDS Business College in SLC, and then transferred to BYU Hawaii. He now lives in his hometown in Mecan, China.
"Now I am no longer the only LDS in my family. Miracle happened after one year serving in New York. One of my sister joined the church after learning the gospel. And later on, my other sister got baptized when I was in LDSBC. There were many miracles happened in these years. Except one thing is I am still single, unfortunately. Now back to Macan is even more difficult to find my eternal companion due to the less number of people here.
"The reason I am writing this letter is that after reading the First Presidency message in the Ensign about gratitude, I just want to make sure you know how much I am grateful for your kindness and support for missionary works. Your love really make a difference in my life especially in the difficult time during my mission. The love I felt from your family inpired me to share that same love with the people I met. Even now, I am still applying the same principle into service. Thank you for teaching me that eternal by your example. Because of your example, I will do the same things to others who are in need."