Your missionary arrived safely and is in his/her first area!
And from President and Sister Hanks:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Alabama Birmingham Mission
Elder Gilbert has safely arrived in the Alabama Birmingham Mission!
We are impressed with your son and want to thank you for all that you have done in preparing this wonderful young man for his mission. He met his new companion and traveled to his first area.
Attached are photos of Elder Gilbert, one with President and Sister Hanks and one with his Trainer, Elder Bullock. He will bless this mission greatly with his enthusiasm and dedication. We love him and pledge our best efforts in directing his service here.
Elder Gilbert has accepted a call that will change his life and the lives of those with whom he is serving. These first few months will be full of new and challenging experiences, and your support in the form of encouraging and uplifting letters will help him greatly.
Our greatest hope is that each missionary has a positive and growing experience, which will help give him a foundation for a lifetime of service to others. We appreciate the time you have spent raising your son to be such a responsible young man. We thank you for your willingness to share Elder Gilbert with us.
President and Sister Hanks