April 19, 2013
Dear Sister Fullmer:
Congratulations on your call to serve as a Trainer for a new missionary! Elder Holland has stated that this is the most important leadership responsibility there is in a mission. What a wonderful blessing this will be in your life and the life of the missionary you will train.
“The responsibility to train a new missionary is a sacred trust from your mission president and from the Lord. A missionary’s first companion has a profound, lasting influence on the development of the missionary’s attitudes, habits, and ability to fulfill his or her purpose.
“Your purpose as a trainer is to help your companion understand and live the principles described in Preach My Gospel so that they new missionary is able to help an increasing number of people “come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end” (Preach My Gospel , 1).
“Your goal is to help your companion be the kind of missionary who, if called upon, could train a new missionary by the end of the 12-week training period. Make sure your companion has opportunities, from the very beginning, to take the lead in teaching and planning situations, even if he or she is somewhat hesitant or is not yet strong in language or other skills” (Instructions for Trainers).
The Lord has selected you as one who will set the example for being exactly obedient, hard working,
and effective in teaching the gospel.
May the Lord’s choicest blessings be with you in this sacred assignment.
Mark L. Richards, President
Maryland Baltimore Mission