Dear Sister Spackman,
We have received the good news that you have been called to serve as a full-time missionary here in the Tahiti Papeete Mission. We congratulate you on being worthy of this important calling and look forward to having you serve with us.
We are confident that you will learn to love this great mission. The country is beautiful, the people are gracious, and the Church is well known. There are approximately 22,500 members in eight stakes which include the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Huahine and Maupiti. There are also branches of the Church located on many islands throughout the Australes, Tuamotus, and Marquises.
You are one of a select few called to accept the challenge of learning two languages, both French and Tahitian. French Polynesia is an Overseas Territory of France, and as such all Tahitians are French citizens. French is the language of the government and the schools and all young people speak French. Tahitian, however, is the language of the natives and is used a great deal in the outer islands. Through your faith and diligence you will be blessed and will be able to learn both French and Tahitian so that you will be able to fulfill this special calling.
Ours is an obedient and hard working mission. Come prepared to put in a full missionary day and to strictly follow all mission rules found in the Missionary Handbook. Please study it very carefully. Hard working and obedient missionaries qualify to have the Spirit as their constant companion. Please prepare also by reading the missionary guidebook, Preach My Gospel, cover to cover.
We are excited for your arrival. If you have any questions please feel free to correspond with us. We hope the information you received from the Missionary Department with your call will help you prepare. Come prepared to forget yourself as you serve others by finding, teaching, and baptizing.
May Heavenly Father bless you for accepting the Lord’s call to serve.
Benjamin T. Sinjoux