Saturday, January 26, 2013


Jim sent us some of the pictures he has taken. I have uploaded them to picasa, view-able at this address.


Friday, December 21, 2012

new address and companion

North Carolina Charlotte Mission
3020 Hilliard Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205

December 2012

Dear Loved Ones of Elder Wilkinson,

Your son has arrived in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission.  He has been assigned an outstanding companion to help him grow and develop as a missionary.  The people of North Carolina are wonderful and the members of the church love the missionaries.  We will work hard as a mission to assist him to become a successful servant of our Heavenly Father. 

Your son will be serving in the Albemarle Ward area with Elder Osborne.

You may send letters and packages to him at the following address until you have been notified otherwise:

905 Chimneys Ln  #404
Albemarle, NC 28001

We love your son and look forward to serving with him.


Ronald L. Craven

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

packages, mail and transfer info

MAILING POLICY - Please include the missionary’s FULL name on all correspondence. LETTERS AND PACKAGES: (Please note: Fed-Ex and UPS packages cannot be forwarded. Any mailed to the mission office by these methods will have to wait for hand delivery at Transfers, Zone Conferences or LTM’s.) You may use the NCCM office address for mail until you arrive in your first area and can then notify your family of your address. Based on a 6-week transfer cycle, we suggest the following: 1. Please retain as a future reference the transfer schedule below. 2. Missionaries being transferred are notified the Saturday before transfer day. They will inform you in their Monday email of their transfer. Please do not mail items this week. They will not know their new address until.. 3. The Monday following transfer day, your missionary will email you his/her new address. (Please inform others as you deem appropriate.) 4. Although mission needs create variances, most missionaries will be in a proselyting area an average of 4.5 -6 months. 5. Recognizing that in the short run, some mail, (from friends, extended family etc.), may still be mailed to the mission office inadvertently, we will seek to hand deliver those items at one of our regularly scheduled mission meetings. Save NCCM Transfer Day Schedule *Dates may be rearranged due to Holidays 2013- 30 Jan, 5 Mar, 16 Apr, 28 May, 9 Jul, 20 Aug, 30 Sep, 12 Nov, *17 Dec 2014- 4 Feb, 18 Mar, 29 Apr, 10 Jun, 22 July, 2 Sep, 14 Oct, *26 Nov 2014- 6 Jan, 17 Feb, 31 Mar, 12 May, 23 Jun, 4 Aug, 15 Sep, 27 Oct, *8 Nov

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Arrival letter

Dear Missionary Loved Ones,
         Your missionary son has arrived safely in North Carolina! He looks wonderful. We are especially grateful for the sacrifice and hard work that has brought him to serve. We will be gathering in the morning at the mission offices for breakfast and orientation meetings. During this time pictures will be taken and he will be assigned his trainer companion. Our office staff will email you copies of the pictures along with the name of his trainer and the address of his first area. This should arrive by Wednesday. Again thank you for sending us such a capable missionary.
                                              With Love,
                                                        Ronald L Craven,
                                                        President North Carolina Charlotte Mission

Monday, December 17, 2012

Update and Airport phonecall

Jim appears to have enjoyed his time at the MTC. we got a few cards, but they just had one or two lines. He did request that we send him some mints as gum was not allowed. I sent him two big bags. mixed in was a ziploc with some baked goods. I hoped that the mints would not share their flavor with the goodies. haven't heard back on that. I did get an email where he thanked me for teaching him to do laundry, as not all the missionaries knew how. He did ask me to tell everyone thanks for the packages. So thank you to those of you who have sent packages. He called this morning at 6:20 A.M. he said he only had 4 minutes till he had to get on the plane, but he wanted to call and say hello. He was excited to be on his way to Charlotte.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

First Week

Dear People,
        My first week at the MTC was good. My district and I do every thing together. My comps name is Elder Smith. 
       Until next time,
                            Elder Wilkinson

P.S. December 17 is when I leave the MTC 
P.S. You can use

Transcribed by Mike, Janet, and Echo.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mail at the Missionary Training Center

Elder Stephen James Wilkinson
MTC Mailbox # 176
NC-CHAR 1217
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Above is the address we have been asked to use when sending mail to Jim while at the MTC. Below are the guidelines for mailing missionaries during their stay at the MTC.

1.  Do not attempt to see or visit missionaries while they are at the MTC. This includes their temple walks and other locations near the MTC.
2. All missionary mail must come through the US Mail or commercial delivery services.  These services should not be used to send pizzas, fast foods, ice-cream, or any items that will spoil if they are not refrigerated within 24 hours.  Missionaries are not called out of class to receive packages, nor do they have access to a refrigerator.  For security reasons, we cannot accept any items delivered by hand.
3. Communication with family can be done through your missionary email account on your weekly Preparation Day.  Communication to you from friends should be through letters mailed to the above address.  We cannot accept telephone calls for missionaries.
4. Families and friends should not visit missionaries as they depart to their field of labor, whether at the MTC or at the airport.

Thank you for your support in keeping these rules and for your willingness to support and sustain Jim while he is on his mission.