A note from Mom:
We received this letter and picture from the Mission Home yesterday. Wow!! Chad looks like a giant. It was very nice to hear from them -- since we're trusting our son to them for two years. But, I guess it is true .... we are really trusting the Lord with him for two years.
Dear Mayberry Family,
We are pleased to inform you that Elder Mayberry has arrived safely in Merida. We express to you our gratitude for preparing such a wonderful missionary and feel very honored to have your son in our mission. We will be attentively taking care of his physical health, as well as spiritual. Trust in the Lord that He will protect him in this great work. When writing, remember to encourage and to express the feelings that the Spirit puts in your heart. Explain to him the spiritual progress that you are making while he is serving the Lord, and ask him to share with you some of his spiritual experiences. Be positive and help him focus on the mission.
These two years are very important for him as a missionary, future father, and leader in the church. He will have great experiences, and confront many challenges, temptations, and afflictions; however, just as the Lord comforted the Prophet, Joseph Smith, by saying these words, "All things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good," he also will learn from his own experiences.
Encourage him to press onward and support him in difficult times. The life of a missionary is not easy, and one should not think it to be, but by trusting in the tender mercies of the Savior, He will make our burdens light.
We love you very much. Please be assured that your son is in the best hands: the hands of the Lord. Our Heavenly Father has assigned us to this mission at this specific time so that we can care for him. He will be our son, and as such, we will love him and will be mindful of all his needs. Our Redeemer promises great blessings for His missionaries if they are faithful, endure to the end, and keep their eye single to His glory: "And any man that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom, and fail not to continue faithful in all things, shall not be weary in mind, neither darkened, neither in body, limb, nor joint; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither thirst" (D&C 84:80).
We send you our sincere greetings with a big hug.
With much Love,
President and Sister Salinas
Merida Mexico Mission