"We were pleased to welcome your son, Elder Neil Hopkins, to the Virginia Richmond Mission. We love him already and are aware of his great potential to be an excellent missionary. He spent one day with us receiving orientation and he is in good health and good spirits. His drive and determination will be of tremendous help as he joins a wonderful group of missionaries already serving the Lord in this area.
We are thankful for the part you played in preparing Elder Hopkins to serve this mission and we are honored to serve with him. Enclosed is a photo we took upon his arrival at the Mission Home. May the Lord abundantly bless you as you support him in his call"
President and Sister James C. Perry
Neils group of missionaries were the first to stay at the Mission Home with Pres and Sister Perry as they had just been in the Mission since the first week of July.