Sunday, May 4, 2008

Mother's Day letter from President Brinton

Av. das Americas, 1155 Salas 502/503
Barra da Tijuca - Rio de Janeiro, RJ
CEP 22631-000 Brasil
Fone: (21) 2111-9244/ 2111-9243
Fax: (21) 2493-6237
Presidente Cel: (21) 8655-0482

Dear Mother,

We want to wish you a happy Mother’s day and express our gratitude to you for sharing your son with the Lord for this time in his life. When we think of the sacrifice that a mother makes when she sends her son on a mission, we are reminded of the story of Hannah in the Old Testament. She desperately wanted to have a son. She went to the temple at Shiloh and prayed to the Lord for this blessing. She promised the Lord: “…if thou…wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life…”(1 Samuel 1:11) The Lord granted her petition and she gave birth to a son whom she named Samuel. When he was old enough, Hannah returned with him to the temple and explained to Eli, the high priest: “…O my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord…” (1 Samuel 1:26-28) You are like Hannah. You have lent your son to the Lord for a season. The Lord is caring and watching over him.

On Mother’s day, you may speak by telephone with your son. He is looking forward to that. Encourage him to share with you the wonderful missionary experiences that he is having. You will be impressed with the growth that is occurring in him. The missionary manual requests that these phone calls last no more than 30 or 40 minutes and we encourage you to follow these guidelines.

It is an honor to serve with the wonderful young men and women in the Rio de Janeiro mission. The time that we have had with them will remain in our hearts as one of the greatest opportunities of our lives. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family for the sacrifices that you are making and the support that you are giving.

With Love,
President and Sister Brinton

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