When we accept our mission call we say “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way … that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth”... 1 Nephi 3:7.
We are sure you have done some reading up on the internet (some true, some not true) about Micronesia. However...
It is very different than home and very different than what any of us are used to so when your elder says, "I am good, everything is fine", he really is.
He is probably realizing how blessed he has been his entire life and how thankful he is for all his blessings. This mission helps you become aware of things, oh so many things.
I ask you to trust us in saying that your missionary is learning, the Lord has his hand in this work and is aware of the missionaries needs, wants and desires.
“This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). There is no greater gift that comes to anyone in this world than a certain, reassuring conviction that God, our Eternal Father, lives and that Jesus is the Christ.
|Missionaries are marvelous. They’re called of God by prophecy. Only those who are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators make the suggested call to a missionary, and they’re called by the prophet of God. They represent the fruits of all that is good within the Latter-day Saint family|
"President Thomas S. Monson"
|“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:|
After sending out a blanket text to the missionaries about what they are missing (besides family & friends) but would love to have, here is the final list.
Candy - MM's, licorice, caramels, tootsie rolls, salt water taffy, sour gummies, gummy bears, worms, swedish fish, jelly beans, hard candies-jawbreakers, jolly ranchers, skittles, snicker bars (small bite size hold up-if it is cool in the states, they will make it-because they have nuts and caramel that help hold them together when they get hot)
Snacks - Trailmix, dried fruit snacks, jerky, nuts, breakfast bars, granola bars, power bars, cookies, cracker jacks
Foods - Soups, stews, chili, mac n'cheese, tuna in water (it all is in oil here and expensive) any other canned meat - chicken, shelf flour tortillas shells, muffin mixes-that you only add water. Any kind of prepackaged food that might only need water to prepare that is fast and easy to make.
They all have a propane stove to cook on, most everyone has an oven, all have a rice cooker, all have water treatment systems in their apartment. All apartments have basic spices for cooking.
Other things needed occasionally; cold medicine, cough drops, tylenol, benadryl, bandages, hydrocortisone creme for bites, antibiotic ointment cuts, antifungal cream (Clotrimazole brand).
These guys really could use anything you want to mail them. We are very limited on everything, because we are on a small island, far from major industries. And everything here is very expensive. They don't have a lot of time to prepare food, so anything tasty and fast.
Now, a word about Our mission president and his beautiful companion. They’re responsible for the missionaries’ success. Every missionary wants success, and the mission president shows him how to achieve success.
He helps each missionary to work, but more significant yet, he helps each one to work effectively so that the kingdom of God will grow under his inspired direction.
As the Senior couple here, we are here to love and support your missionaries and we also know how wonderful it is to receive packages and letters from home.
So don't delay, pack it up, write a letter and send it!