Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Letter from The Seventy


October 1, 2008

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sorensen:

We recently learned that Katelynn has joined the military and is attending basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC. We are pleased to inform you that she has been attending the Church services on base and are grateful for the spirit she brings to the meetings. President Robinson is the Church leader at Ft. Jackson and will do all he can to help strengthen Katelynn's faith and testimony. We appreciate your support and know you join with us in asking that the Lord will guide and protect her during this time of uncertainty and turmoil in the world.

In these troubled times, it is heartwarming to see sons and daughters courageously step forward to help preserve our freedom and way of life. You can be proud of the part you played in molding Katelynn's character. Courage and patriotism do not come automatically; they are planted in the hearts of children by their parents. We express our gratitude to you for your selfless service in her behalf.

We have a deep and abiding interest in Katelynn's welfare and want to ensure the blessings of Church membership are available wherever she is stationed. As military members move around, occasionally they are unable to find out where and when the Church meetings are held. Our Military Relations Division can assist them. Likewise, we are able to help concerned parents locate the bishop or branch president where their son or daughter is stationed. In addition, many times we can assist in locating the name of a group leader aboard a ship or at a deployed location around the world.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Military Relations Division .... We know that the Lord is mindful of Katelynn and the challenges she will face as she valiantly serves in the military.

Sincerely,

Robert C. Oaks

["...of the Presidency of the Quorums of the Seventy,(a retired four-star general and commander of NATO air forces in Central Europe)"] www.LDS.Org, 10-08-08 (search results)

2 comments:

Ginny Williams said...

WOW, I had no idea that they do this. That is something worth treasuring.
I can certainly mirror his comments on your being proud of the way you have raised Katie. I've always admired you and your relationship with your kiddos.
luv you June and Jeff :)

Cyndi said...

We LOVE the MILITARY! Our ward is about 1/3 military. We have a full time missionary couple that only help with the service men and women. We currently have several deployed husbands and actively work to help the sisters who are here who are alone. This is no easy feat being a military wife. Rest assured that the church will help in any way possible and that the ward she is zoned for already knows so much about the services. I have learned so much about patriotism since moving into this ward and let me tell you something that you already know by this point. Until you are close with someone who serves, you have no idea how much they really give to keep us free. We are so blessed to have men and women such a Katie who would give of themselves on our behalf. Sorry this got a little long but this subject has become so close to my heart! Were proud of you Katie girl!