Dear Sister Springer (Karen Springer),
Last evening the South Zone was able to gather together to listen to the traveling Patriarch for our Vladivostok Mission. Elder Neuenschwander agreed to come and serve this mission and give over 80 Patriarchal blessings and as an extra bonus, he agreed to one night in each Zone to speak with our missionaries! It was a lovely evening.
Our missionaries were able to have a feast together of Pizza, salads and wraps prior to this special fireside.
The spirit was strong as we were taught principles of a life time! Stories along with doctrine taught were applicable for not only this mission but also for after mission and far beyond.
The Savior's Apostles were taught many characteristics that they were invited to acquire when the Savior taught "the Sermon on the Mount". And then a few verses after that it talks about "going the second mile". Elder Neuenschwander helped us all to realize that the leaders give us the first mile of things that we should do, but it is up to each of us to decide how we can "go the second mile"! These wonderful South Zone missionaries were so attentive and responsive to the spirit and the message given them this night!
Keep us in your prayers that we will continue on this "Second Mile" concept through out their mission! The Lord will bless us as we humbly ask for his guidance and assistance.
We love your daughter and so grateful for her service in our quaint Artyom Branch! Her musical talents are always needed! Thank you for your love and your prayers in behalf of our Mission!
President and Sister Perkinson
Vladivostok Russia Mission