September 4, 2010
Dear Brother and Sister Moody,
We are so excited to welcome Elder Moody into the Singapore Mission. Your son arrived last week during one of the most exciting moments in the history of the Singapore mission. For the very first time ever, all of the young elders and sisters in the entire mission had gathered in Singapore for a special training that has gone out from the Brethren in Salt Lake to the entire world. On the day after Elder Moody arrived here in Singapore, he was able to be introduced to and meet the entire mission at the same time. This will probably never happen again.
Elder Moody arrived safe and sound, having traveled nearly an entire day by plane. He looked marvelous and ready to serve the Lord. We took all of the new missionaries over to the “Little India” area for lunch, where they all were introduced to eating authentic Indian food with their fingers. After some orientation at the mission office, they came to the mission home and had another meal and a brief testimony meeting. With jet lag catching up to them, they were all sent off to meet their new trainer companions and get a much needed night’s sleep.
The next 2 days, Elder Moody participated in the mission wide training and then in a special new missionary training. He is now serving here in Singapore with his missionary companion, Elder Teng, and beginning an exciting new life adventure. Elder Teng comes to us from mainland China. He has an interesting background of being a native Chinese member of the church, having grown up with the Gospel, meeting in homes. We have many native Chinese students, who come here to Singapore to go to the Universities and find the Gospel here. They join the church and often then return to China or go elsewhere.
In the way of introduction, President Clark and I have been serving here in the Singapore mission since July 2009. We come from the area just south of Portland, Oregon, where we raised our three children, all of whom married in the Portland temple and are now raising children of their own. We have 4 grandchildren and one more on the way. President Clark is a dentist and I have been a registered nurse for over 30 years. I take my assignment in mission medical affairs management very seriously. But even though we work hard, we like to have fun while we are serving.
For example, at each zone conference, when I call out “pocket check”, we expect every missionary to hold up a small “pocket sized” bottle of hand sanitizer that they are to carry in their pocket or backpack at all times. This has become a mission tradition that we all joke about, but still comply with. President Clark has been known to hop on a missionary bike and accompany the young elders into the kampongs and carry his bike across planks through jungle “short cut” pathways.
President Clark and I wanted you to know how much we love your son and will do everything in our power to keep him safe and healthy. We thank you for sending us such a well prepared and stalwart young man. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at any time.
Warmest wishes from warm and sunny Singapore,
Sister Laraine Clark (Singapore Mission)