13 May 2017
Dear Parents and Family of our Beloved Missionaries,
This letter is a follow-up to my April 15 letter regarding the current situation in South Korea and our constant effort to ensure your missionary’s health and safety.
몇 일 후에 한국말로 된 편지도 보내드리겠습니다.
We know the headlines and daily news continue to focus on tensions in the region, however, daily life in South Korea goes on unchanged as do your missionary’s daily labors. We continue to closely monitor the current situation and have sought appropriate guidance from various sources to safeguard our missionaries.
At the request of the Asia North Area Presidency and the Missionary Department, Church Security Department personnel recently traveled to South Korea to assist in reviewing and updating emergency action plans for the mission. While here, they not only met with me, the mission president, but also with Church Area personnel, and personnel at the U.S. Embassy and in the U.S. Forces Korea. As a result of these meetings we have further refined our mission emergency plans. Mission plans monitor and reflect U.S. and Korean government travel advisories and travel warnings. Because of our other preparations, you may also hear in coming days that your missionary is participating in various phone and transportation exercises. “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).
Additionally, you should be aware that each spring the U.S. and South Korean armed forces hold joint military exercises in South Korea while in North Korea they concurrently commemorate military anniversaries. This combination of events historically escalates tension and rhetoric levels during that period.
For parents located in U.S. time zones, if you have immediate concerns we have also established a telephone information number through the Missionary Department at Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City that you may call. That number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. If this is not convenient, you may still call the mission home. For parents of Korean missionaries, we have a telephone information number that you may call here at the mission home.
You may also be interested to know Elder and Sister Dallin H. Oaks as well as other Church leaders will be in South Korea later this month on a regularly scheduled visit. We are excited to hear the message of an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and know his visit will bless the members and missionaries throughout South Korea.
In closing, please know that we love your missionary and feel so very blessed to have the opportunity to serve together. We pray for peace and calm in the region and know tour loving Heavenly Father is mindful of his chosen missionaries as they go about their labors.
With great love and respect,
John L. Madsen, Mission President, Korea Daejeon Mission