Monday, January 31, 2011

Letter from the Palmer's

Dear Brother & Sister Abbott,

This is a note to tell you what you already must know -- you have a wonderful young missionary son, Elder Tyler Abbott.
He is terrific! We just talked with him this evening, and we attended a Sacrament meeting this afternoon with he and two other missionaries, Elder Ryan Hughes and Elder Brian Noll. Elder Hughes is our district leader, and he and Elder Noll are also wonderful young missionaries. We love them all!

My wife and I are senior full-time missionaries. We live in Draper, a suburb of Salt Lake City that is about 20 miles from where Elder Abbott, Elder Hughes and Elder Noll live in Taylorsville. We pick them up for rides to district meetings, to meetings with stake presidencies and ward mission leaders, Sacrament meetings, etc.

I can't begin to tell you what a thrill it is to see your son dressed so nicely, so polite, respectful and loving missionary work. This is a third mission (full-time) for my wife and I together, and I served a mission as a young man. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last summer while on this mission. We work with less active or what the mission calls "focus" members and non-members on occasion. It is a wonderful work in which we are all engaged. We have a wonderful mission president and his sweet, wonderful wife. They, too, are from California. As we see missionaries like Elder Abbott our hearts are touched by how the Lord blesses and magnifies these young men and women. From the first day we met Elder Abbott we were thrilled by his wonderful smile, the way he greets people and his testimony of the gospel. May the Lord bless him and you and your family.

We hope you don't mind our writing to you. We just wanted you to know how much we have enjoyed being in company with such a wonderful young man! Our oldest grandson, Elder Braden S. Allen of Layton, Utah, is also serving a mission -- in the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission. We are thrilled for him, for Elder Abbott and other young men and women missionaries. We are certain that the Lord is so proud of them and the work they are doing.


Elder Douglas D. and Sister Joan B. Palmer

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