Monday, September 1, 2014


With my Mission President and his wife: President and Sister Ostler


P.O. BOX 1997
Makati Central Post Office
0714 Makati, Metro Manila

30 August, 2014

Dear Brother and Sister Lockwood,

We are thrilled to inform you that your daughter, Sister Kayla Lockwood, has arrived safely in the Philippines Manila Mission!  She arrived Wednesday, and we enjoyed having her at the mission home and getting to know her. After the new missionary orientation, she was assigned to work with her trainer, Sister Parina, in the Santa Monica District of the Puerto Princesa Zone.  We made this assignment prayerfully, with a desire that your daughter have the best training experience possible.
As you may know, missionary work can be challenging for any missionary, particularly for those learning a new language.  Your continued encouragement through weekly emails or letters will mean so much to her.  Please avoid references to problems at home unless absolutely necessary and always show genuine interest in her daily activities, accomplishments, and successes.
If any question should arise about the health or welfare of your missionary, please do not hesitate to email the mission office.  We would be glad to help you.  As a word of caution, do not send money to anyone who might request funds in behalf of your missionary without talking to the Mission President directly.
The Philippines Manila Mission is a wonderful place to serve.  We try to help parents and families to be aware of the “happenings” in the mission by posting regularly on our mission blog.  It contains pictures of recent events, the president’s weekly message to the missionaries, as well as information about missions, the Manila mission, and the Philippines.  It even has a page where our 14 year old son, Caleb, shares what is interesting to him, in case your missionary has siblings who might feel more connected with their sister by learning more through Caleb’s eyes.  You can access the blog at:  If you type your email address in the box at the bottom of the blog, it will automatically email you each time we post something so you don’t have to keep checking.
Please know that Sister Ostler and I love her already.  We are humbled to serve with such wonderful missionaries. We will do everything possible to help your daughter achieve her full potential as one of the Lord’s servants.  Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with us.  May you and your family be blessed for your sacrifice. 
President and Sister Creg D. Ostler

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