13 April 2016
Dear Brother and Sister Bretzing,
We are grateful to have had Elder Matthew Drew Bretzing serving in our mission. I’m sure his letters have shown the excitement he has experienced while serving the people here. As we approach the end of his mission it is time for us to prepare for his release.
Elder Bretzing will be released and fly home on 08 Jul 2016.* Until that time, we feel it is very important for him to continue to serve to the end with all his heart, might, mind, and strength. We will try to make the planning process as little of a distraction as possible and we encourage you to help him to focus on his missionary efforts as well. Nevertheless, Elder Bretzing will be informed about the details of his release and trip home. In order for us to prepare for his release with as little distraction to him as possible, we ask you to please email the following information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible:
1. Name and location of the nearest major airport to the missionary's home. (This is the airport where you would like your missionary to arrive.)
2. Any change in your address or telephone number since your missionary's mission call.
3. The E-mail address to which you would like your missionary's return travel itinerary sent.
4. If you desire to come to Germany to pick up your missionary, please let us know and also ask your stake president to contact me regarding the request. The Church currently "discourages parents from picking up missionaries." (Handbook 1 Section 4.10) Exceptions are possible, however, under the right circumstances. If approved, further instructions and a release form will be sent to you.
*If you have already made arrangements to pick up missionary at the conclusion of his mission, please disregard the above return flight date.
I hope that the last months of Elder Bretzing's mission will be among the most treasured. We are thankful for the efforts and dedication that he has given in service of the Lord. We are also thankful for the support you have given him in this work.
May the Lord continue to bless you.
Christian H. Fingerle, President Germany Berlin Mission