Wednesday, July 4, 2012

One Final Word from the Waltons about the Post Office Box

Parents, family and friends,

I know we posted about our new post office box, but there is a bit of new information when sending "Express Mail"  packages so I made the corrections and am re-posting it for you to see this important requirement.  We are thankful for your faith, prayers, and support for the Angola Luanda missionaries and the work.  It is the time for Angola right now.  Com certeza!

Great news!  A post office has finally opened in Luanda, and the “Angola Luanda Mission” has opened a post office box.  Now our missionaries can send and receive regular letters.  To send a letter use the following address:
(Missionary name)
Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos S.U.D.
Caixa Postal 18404
Luanda, Angola

It currently costs $1.05 to send a letter from the United States to Angola.  However, it will cost about $3 (US) to send a normal letter from Angola to the U.S. It should arrive in less than 2 weeks in either direction.  The missionaries are starting to receive mail and they are extremely happy!

If you want to send a package via the US Post Office please follow these instructions exactly:

If the package weighs less than 1 kilo (2.2 lbs.) it will arrive at the Post Office where we have a post office box with no problems.  If the package is over 2.2 lbs it must be sent “Express” so that it will be delivered to our Post Office. 

If you send a package please DO NOT put the missionaries name in the address.  This will make it very difficult for us to claim the package unless the recipient missionary actually goes to the Post Office.  PLEASE NOTE: If you are sending a package put the missionaries name at the beginning of the return address.  Then we will know who it is for.  For example, the package should be addressed as follows:

Elder Smith
Smith Family
123 Elm Street
SLC, UT  12345
                                                Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos S.U.D.
                                                Caixa Postal 18404
                                                Luanda, Angola

We have received “Express Mail” packages.  In order for us to pick up “Express Mail” packages, the post office is requiring the tracking number as well as a list of the contents with their values.   Without these two things we cannot get the package!  Please email these two things as soon as you send the package to:

We would be interested in knowing how much it costs to send packages to Angola via the U.S. Post Office.  If there are any customs fees, they will be the responsibility of the missionary.

**With the growing number of missionaries it is best that we not burden the Reedy family or other expatriates by asking them to transport packages for us.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Short Visit From Elder and Sister Soares

Elder and Sister Soares came for just two days, but we are so grateful for any time we could get with them.  He came to train the member leaders but gave the missionaries a couple of hours one afternoon to meet them and talk to them.  It was kind of cool when we arrived with him, the missionaries had lined up in their suits outside the Luanda 1 chapel and shook hands with them.  Then after the great, inspiring meeting we stopped to take a picture of all of our Luanda missionaries with Elder and Sister Soares.  Thanks for the visit and taking time with us!!

Our Last Zone Conference in Angola

I didn't think the last zone conference would be so difficult.  Boy was I wrong!!  We're a family here and we love these missionaries and to have to say goodbye for even a few weeks was difficult.  But that's how a mission works.  Coming and goings, hellos and goodbyes are a normal part of the routine.  It just happens to be our turn to leave.  Elders Hansen and Tolman listen and learn.  Then the happy lunch crowd Elders Kearney, Hobbs, Bene, Hansen, branch missionary Adao, and Elders Arrington Rainbolt, McAllister, Walker and Richter.  Happy July birthdays to Elders Kearney, Borden, Arrington, and President and Sister Walton.

Since it was our last Zone Conference, we asked for two musical numbers.  The first had the Elders from Luanda 1 (Hobbs, Richter, Chandler, Bene) singing "Mais Perto Quero Estar" (Nearer My God to Thee).  The other one involved all of the missionaries.  We wanted to hear them sing together one last time "Called to Serve".  It was a tear jerker!!  These missionaries just love to trade ties, so at the end of the conference President gave each one of the missionaries one of his ties to remember him by.  With Elder Violin keeping things light, Elder  Chandler took his choice very seriously!

It's hard to believe how big our zone is getting.  It seems big even though to other missions we may seem small.  Elders Hobbs, Chandler, McAllister, Wilhelm and Walker listen in on the trainings.  Elders Perry and Richter arrived at the same time and continue their friendship even though they haven't served together since Lubango.  President and Elder Kearney are both wearing similar nametags.  Sister Walton made a mistake and ordered one for Elder Kearney that said "President Kearney" instead of "Elder Kearney".  Fogo!!  President stops for a last picture with Elders Hobbs and Wilhelm and Elder McAllister made his appearance in the background.  Happy missionaries!

At the end of Zone Conference it is hard to get the missionaries out the door because they love being together and talking with each other.  With the Violins in town to hold down the fort when the Walton's leave and before the Thompson's arrive, Elder Richter catches up on good times in Lubango when he and Elder Violin served there together.  And it was time for Elder Sande to learn how to properly send his letter to the president through iMOS.  Elder Sande is a quick learner and he had it down in no time!

Four New Members in Angola

Last weekend we had 4 wonderful baptisms.  Our new members are so strong and so committed.  The work is amazing!