Thursday, November 5, 2015

Christmas Information

Hello Everyone!

We received the following Christmas package shipping information from Mission President Hanks today:

November 6, 2015

Dear Missionary Parent(s):

We are loving your missionaries and counting our blessings as the month of November begins. They
really are outstanding!  We honor you for raising such fine young men and women. Thank you for 
having the faith to send them and for the love and support you continue to give them.

The Christmas season is just around the corner. It will bring busy and happy times. Here in Alabama we will be celebrating the season with temple trips and two big Mission Christmas gatherings. Wewill be ringing in the season with about 200 missionaries this year.  What a blessing! 
Because we have a transfer on December 16th this year, you will not be able to wait until after 
the transfer to send a Christmas package and have any confidence that package will arrive before 
the big day. So, in order to alleviate the pressure on our office staff and insure your missionaryreceives his/her Christmas packages, we have special instructions for Christmas letters
and packages this year.  Please note the following:

1. Your missionary will determine a safe address where your Christmas letters and packages can be

2. The safe address will be either: (1) An apartment office that accepts packages for residents, 
OR a (2) ward member who lives in a secure neighborhood.

3. Your missionary will inform you of the safe address for Christmas letters and packages by 
November 16th.  We strongly recommend you get your Christmas shopping done early this year and youmail it for delivery well before the 16th of December. (The first week of December would be 
perfect.) Send it to your missionary’s safe address. 

4. If your missionary is transferred on the 16th of December, his/her Christmas packages and 
luggage will have to be transported in a small missionary car. Large Christmas packages will
not fit. There just isn’t room. Please keep this in mind. 

5. We realize this year is very complicated because of transfers falling so close to
Christmas.  So, of course, any letters or packages you send to the mission office will still be 
forwarded to your missionary. We will do our best to get them to your missionary before Christmas.

Your support means the world to your missionaries; they work with greater passion and dedication 
when they know of your love and support. We encourage you to continually send letters and
messages of encouragement.

Thank you again for all you do to sustain this great missionary work. May your entire family be 
blessed during this Christmas Season.

With much love,

President Richard D. Hanks & Sister Liz Hanks

Alabama Birmingham Mission

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