We got this letter from the Church office of the Seventy in Salt Lake City yesterday, at the same time we got the latest letter from Brad (below):
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hopper:
We recently learned that Bradley has joined the military and is attending basic training in Ft. Benning, GA. We are pleased to inform you that he has been attending the Church services on base and are grateful for the spirit he brings to the meetings. Brother Funk is the Church leader at Ft. Benning and will do all he can to help strengthen Bradley's faith and testimony. We appreciate your support and know you join with us in asking that the Lord will guide and protect him 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 Bradley'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 his behalf.
We have a deep and abiding interest in Bradley's welfare and want to ensure the blessings of Church membership are available wherever he 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 at (801) 240-2286 or e-mail them at PST-Military@ldschurch.org. We know that the Lord is mindful of Bradley and the challenges he will face as he valiantly serves in the military.
Robert C. Oaks
- ▼ September (11)