April 29, 2014
Dear Elder Schafer:
We welcome you to full-time missionary service to proclaim the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to help build His Kingdom on earth. We trust that you will savor the honor and privilege of bringing souls to the Master by losing yourself in the work.
As you continue to read and study the scriptures, you will increase your personal knowledge and testimony of the Savior and His gospel. You will be motivated to be obedient and to work hard. You will learn to be led by the Spirit so that you can teach and testify with converting power. The Savior taught:
Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God (D&C 18:10), and
Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together (John 4:35-36).
May you find everlasting joy in your service to your Father in Heaven, His Beloved, and the people to whom you minister.
Faithfully your Brethren,
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles