Dear Sister and Brother Gardiner,
We warmly welcome Elder Gardiner to the Adriatic South Mission. He was picked up at the Tirana Airport by President and Sister Weidmann and the Assistants to the President. After a short night, he had an interview with President Weidmann. Thursday, included a visit to the site where Albania was dedicated by Elder Dallin H. Oaks for missionary work. Then an afternoon of training, meeting a companion and receiving an assigned area.
Elder Gardiner will be serving with Elder Mero in Elbasan. Attached please find a few pictures of your son.
You have a very special son who is strong and he will do a great work here. Thank you for sharing him with us. President Weidmann takes very good care of his missionaries. He loves them and they have no doubt that does. He sends them an uplifting text every morning and always signs it ‘Love President Weidmann’. They know they can call him anytime even if it is just to talk. Sister Weidmann is there making sure they have everything they need and that they are happy.
In sending mail to the mission please address your letters and packages as follows:
Adriatic South Mission
Individual or Recipient’s name
PO Box 2984
Bulevardi “Gjergj Fishta”
Qendra “Alpas,” Shkalla #5,
If you want to be sure your letter or package arrives, purchase a tracking number for it. SLC also sends a pouch to Albania, which would get a single page letter here for a first class US stamp. The pouch takes about 1- 2 weeks, regular mail can take 3-4 weeks, packages can take 1-3 months, and sometimes they don’t arrive.
The postal system sorts the mail by the first letter on the top line, so addressing Adriatic puts all of the mail for the mission in the A pile. If something is marked at $50 in value or more, it goes to customs, and a hefty fee is paid to get it out. We recommend you un-package the item and try on any clothing, also take the tags off and refold it, maybe wash it. Then consider a value for “used items.” If something is very important, we recommend using Fed-Ex or DHL.
There is an Adriatic South Mission Facebook page that you can “get on” by request. It has a lot of mission news and pictures.