Hiya, mom and dad :) . I've just been in a special meeting with President Pilkington (our mission president), and he's given me some specific instructions to make an exception and e-mail you today. We have been discussing some branch needs and have devolped a series of plans that we are now going to be implementing. One of these involves compiling a book of people's conversion stories (including those who are less-active) and getting some excitement back into them.
This extends even further, however. We want them to realize what kind of legacy they are leaving for their descendants, and thus need some help from you. We need the stories of those descendants of ours who had very humble beginnings. They do not have to be church members. We need the stories of how they began making decisions and choices that put their families in a better position for the future, leading down to us and the good standing we are currently in. They were not electrical engineers, secretaries, nurses, businessmen for large corporations, or anything like unto it. Rather, they would have been the lowest of social classes who desired a better future for those who came after them. Farmers, factory workers, laborers. We are here today with the oppurtunities we have thanks to them. I need to know about them.
Who are they? Where are they from? What did they do? Why did they do it? How does it connect to us and our oppurtunities that we now have? How have you yourselves played a part in doing the same thing for your posterity?
I will be sharing these stories to these Slovak people here in England, showing them what an effect they can have on their families though the beginnings may be small. We are showing them what their best efforts can actually do.
We have been instructed to e-mail you today so as to enable us to have this information bywhen we do our weekly e-mailing. This is a way for you to become involved in a very close way with the work we are doing, and it's also an oppurtunity to learn of how we came to be so blessed. Get the whole family involved in this, if you can. Let everyone know for me (aunts, uncles, cousins included), and forward what you would like of this e-mail to them.
This will play a huge part in building not just individual people but a whole nation that has for centuries been downtrodden and looked down upon. We are giving them a chance at a better life, and over time this will change an entire culture of people's fate. It all starts now, though, and we need the stories of those who did a similar thing for us. Please help us out and get as many of these stories as you can to us by, as we need to get this rolling as fast as possible. You can continue in following weeks to send stories (I will print off from the computer, and can do so with following ones or they can be sent through the post), and I will gladly begin using them. Here's a chance to be a direct part of a Sheffield 4 miracle--don't let it slip by! You'll leave your own mark on the beginnings of these people's legacy.
Please share this with the whole family--all input will be treasured. E-mail time has recently been extended to an hour and a half, so don't worry about reducing what you receive from me in my weekly e-mails.
I love you so much and hope you can help us out with this :) . I'm excited to see what awaits.
Much love and thanks,