We just received a letter dated Nov.19, 2009
Dear Shelley Family,
We are excited to have your son, Elder Gregory Layne Shelley, in our mission. This will be a great opportunity for continued growth and development as he serves faithfully here in the mission field. He will meet, teach, convert and touch the lives of many people who are seeking to know, understand and live the truths of the restored gospel. Your son will have the opportunity to grow closer to the Lord and better understand how to recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Through his continued study and application of gospel principles, we pray his testimony will increase and his love and obedience to Heavenly Father's revealed truths will forge a pattern for the rest of his life.
Along with missionary service come many new and interesting demands and challenges. Your son will continue to learn and adapt to new and interesting customs, cultures and foods, as well as a new language and schedule. As parents you play a very important role in the well being of your missionary. Your continued love and encouragement will give him the support and help he needs. Please write him regularly, sharing your testimony and love of this great gospel plan and help him stay focused on this sacred work.
Trust the Lord's watchful care as you pray regularly for all the missionaries throughout the world. Remember the Lord has said:
"I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angel round about you, to bear you up." (D&C 84:88)
My wife and I are very grateful to have your son serving by our sides in this great missionary effort. The lives of many will be influenced and blessed because of your son's great service and dedication. We will do our best to help your son succeed in his service to the Lord. Thank you for preparing a son, that is willing and ready to be of service in this part of the Lord's vineyard. May the Lord bless you for your sacrifice and help in this important eternal endeavor.
President and Sister Vieira