|Debra F. and Thomas B. Morgan|
Dear Elder and Sister Zimmerman,
Sister Morgan and I are so excited to receive the news that you will be serving in the New York New York North Mission. You will be serving in one of the most interesting and culturally diverse areas in the world. In our mission, five different languages are spoken by missionaries—English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, and ASL (American Sign Language).
The New York area is one of the great and historic missions of the Church, established in 1839 as the second formal mission in the latter days. Over the years, the mission has been divided many times. The· New York New York North Mission currently includes the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, and the northern suburbs of the city. The mission boundaries extend to include many outlying cities and towns, such as Monticello on the west, Kingston on the north, and Norwalk and Stamford, Connecticut, on the east. It is estimated that five million people reside within the boundaries of the mission, which includes four stakes with a combined membership of twelve thousand. The mission home and office are located in Scarsdale, NY, a lovely northern suburb of the city.
As you prepare yourself for this exciting and sacred service, I encourage you to continue your personal study of the Scriptures and prayerfully consider how your testimony and experience in the church might bless the lives of those with whom you meet.
I understand that you have received all necessary information from the Missionary Department, but if you have any questions) please feel free to call the Mission Office at (914) 722-4105. We have included with this letter a map of the mission and a short history of the mission.
We look forward to personally welcoming you to this great New York New York North Mission. We love you already and promise that your experience here will be a sacred one. May Heavenly Father continue to bless you in your preparations.
With love and deep appreciation for your service,
Thomas B. Morgan