December 10, 2013
Shawn Derek & Shannon Johnson
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Dear Brother and Sister Johnson;
It was a very special experience to personally greet your son, Elder Zachary Derek Johnson at the airport upon his arrival in Tucson. We were impressed by his great spirit and desire to serve. We are grateful to have him serving here with us.
From the airport we took him and the other missionaries to the Mormon Battalion Monument in downtown Tucson, where we talked about commitment, and leaving behind all the cares of the world to focus on the work of the Lord. After a brief stop at the mission office to have lunch and meet the office staff, the Elders and Sisters received instruction and training from the Assistants to the President, Sister Killpack and myself. I had the pleasure of interviewing your son and getting to know him personally and to feel his wonderful missionary spirit. Later that evening we dined together, took photographs and took the opportunity to discuss our purpose as missionaries.
Elder Johnson has been assigned to the Tucson East Zone, located in Tucson, Arizona with Elder Netane as his companion. If, in case of emergency, you need to contact your son, please call the mission office at 520-577-7076.
As you write to your son, please encourage him to continue to serve faithfully, being completely obedient throughout his mission. We know that he, and the Tucson Mission, will be in your prayers. We also know that the coming months will bring many blessings into your lives by your son’s faithful service and the sacrifice you are making for him to serve the Lord and his fellow men. Thank you very much for having prepared your son to withstand the rigors of missionary life and now to be serving with us here.
May the Lord bless you. We send our love and appreciation.
President Roger E. Killpack Sister Bobbie P. Killpack
Arizona Tucson Mission
Enclosed is a photograph of your missionary with us.