Dear Elder BUFFINGTON,
Congratulations on your new calling as a missionary leader! Please see the attached letter regarding your new call.
The MTC Presidency
Dear Elder Buffington,
Congratulations on your assignment as ‘Zone Leader’. You have been assigned by inspiration and given the
responsibility to be an example to the members of your branch. As you personally maintain the high standards
of the Missionary Training Center, and keep yourself spiritually prepared to receive the promptings of the Holy
Ghost, you will be an inspiration to the missionaries in your branch.
This is a special opportunity for you to develop the Christ-like qualities of leadership that will invite others to
follow your example. This means to lead in love. Be sensitive to the needs of the missionaries in your branch.
Some may need an encouraging word to bolster their faith and confidence. Remember to follow the counsel of
your branch president. Make him aware of special needs as you see them and report anything that you may
notice as being amiss.
By your example of faith and obedience, you will encourage and strengthen others to serve with commitment. In
the Doctrine and Covenants 121:41, the Lord counsels: “No power or influence can or ought to be maintained
by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love
Be clear and bold in your counsel and your leadership of other missionaries. (D&C 121:43) If you expect and
require the highest level of obedience and dedication, your missionaries will raise themselves to that level.
Please refer to your missionary leader guide book for specific responsibilities.
May our Father in heaven bless you as you serve in this important responsibility.
Lon B. Nally