Thursday, April 8, 2010

Elder Weaver's First Assignment

ear Brother and Sister Weaver,

We have had the wonderful opportunity of spending more time with your son and getting to know him a little better.  Your son is still functioning in another time zone, but jet lag will pass quickly for him.  Elder Weaver is doing well with the language and is talking to people in the street already.  This morning, we took all the new missionaries to the Mother Albania Statue and Park, a memorial to the heroes of Albania, overlooking the city of Tirana.  This is where Albania was dedicated for the preaching of the Gospel in April of 1993 by Elder Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve.  The attached photo show his MTC group at the Memorial with Tirana in the background.

We had a short service there where we read together the dedicatory prayer, which is beautiful and becoming fulfilled in amazing ways.  After prayer and thoughtful consideration, we have assigned him to work with Elder Seevers, who is District Leader in the Tirana 3rd branch. (The second photo is of Elder Weaver and Elder  Seevers in the mission office.)  Your son’s companion is a great missionary who has earned the opportunity to be a trainer by his dedicated service here in Albania.  I am sure that your son will be able to learn much from him.  He will also learn to rely on the Spirit to guide him daily.  He will grow in ways that you can’t imagine.

The church requests that we use only the email service and that your son communicate only with family members via email.  For all others he should use the normal postal service.  He will be blessed for incurring the inconvenience of writing via post but being exactly obedient.  You can also write to him via the pouch at church headquarters if you write on one sheet of paper and fold it and seal it without an envelope.  Address your letters to your missionary in care of:

Albania Tirana Mission Pouch
P.O. Box 30150
Salt Lake City, Utah  84130-0150

Other materials can be sent via regular US mail to:
P.O. Box 2984
Tirana, Albania.

All other addresses shown on the letterhead of this email are descriptions rather than an actual address.  There is no mail delivery in Albania other than post office boxes, so our Office Secretary goes to the post office twice a week to pick up the mail and packages.  DHL or FedEx delivers the Church pouch to us once a week.  For packages, we have found that US Priority mail is the least expensive and fairly rapid option (around 2 weeks).  Multiple smaller packages seem to come thru a lot better than large packages, and should be addressed:

Fondacioni Liahona
PO BOX 2984
Tirana, Albania

You can also use US Express mail service and the packages are actually delivered to our doorstep (more expensive) in a week or less.  For these courier options use this address:

FONDACIONI LIAHONA                                                    
P.O. Box 2984                                                          
Rr. Qemal Stafa, Vila.1                      
Perballë Postes Nr. 22)

Again, thank you for raising such a fine son.  Sister Neil and I love the Lord, we love His church, and we love His missionaries, and will do everything we can to support and sustain your son so that he can accomplish what he came here to do.  We know he will have a wonderful mission, and will accomplish much good in this developing land of generous and kind people.


President John M. Neil
Sister Elizabeth Neil

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