Sunday, June 21, 2015

21 June 2015

Dear Family of Elder Battraw,

We are grateful for the arrival of Elder Battraw in the India Bangalore Mission.  He arrived safe and in good spirits.  We have great need for him as a missionary. 
Your son has been assigned to work in the city of Rajahmundry, serving with Elder Willis and Elder Thompson both from the U.S..  They are  experienced missionaries and we are confident that they will be able to help and support each other in the work of the Lord here in India.  
Many parents have asked about sending packages to their missionaries. Postage is expensive for those sending from outside India and custom charges are often assessed which the missionaries will need to pay. We recommend that for birthdays and holidays that you put money in their personal account to save on customs charges and risk of damage.  They can get many items here in the country.  If you send a package, especially from outside India, it should be sent to the mission office.   THE FIRST LINE OF THE ADDRESS MUST READ -- “Indian Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” This is for customs purposes. The missionaries name should be written elsewhere on the package. Please keep in mind that most of our transfers are done by air travel. The local airlines have a 15 kg (about 33 lbs.) weight limit.  Missionaries struggle to keep within that limit so they transfer very light and discard items not necessary.
 The mission office address is as follows:
The Indian Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
No. 2, Rear Building
Garudarcharpalya, Mahadevapura Post,
Opp. ABB Tech Park          
Whitefield Road, Karnataka
Bangalore 560048

Thank you for your help in your son's preparation and your support of him as he serves.  The people of India are so grateful for the truth and knowledge the missionaries share.  I know he will come to love the people with a deep love.

We have attached photos of your son taken the day that he arrived, one with us and your son, one with the Assistants to the President.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
President and Sister Berrett
India Bangalore Mission

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