I received a beautiful letter this afternoon from President and Sister Degn her Missionary President and his wife along with the picture below. She now has a companion, is settled into her room and has been assigned to a district with capable and caring instructors for language and lesson study. They were also happy to report that the Cafeteria food is abundant and very good. Sister Thornton will be able to e-mail home on Preparation Day after a morning at the Temple. This will be either Wednesday or Friday, depending on individual assignments. I will post those letters to this site as soon as I receive them along with the district and box number for you to send letters to. They strongly encouraged sending hand written letters and asked that we write Dakotah's first and last name on the envelope. A couple of things they mentioned: Do not send packages to the Brazil MTC. All packages must be sent directly to the mission where she is serving. That address is: Brazil Curitiba Mission, Praca Joseph Smith, 15 portao, 80613-991 Curitiba - PR Brazil. Also, please DO NOT SEND ANYTHING BY FEDEX, DHL, UPS or other private carriers. The cost to get this type of correspondence is exorbitant. They did not indicate how long it would take for letters and/or packages to get to her, but I will ask Dakotah when we email next Wednesday or Friday. They ended their letter to me with a with this sentence and quote: "Your very important young person is about to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. We hope you will be encouraged and comforted by this quote by President Lorenzo Snow: “ There is no mortal man that is as interested in the success of an elder/sister when he/she is preaching the Gospel as is the Lord who sent him/her to preach to the people who are the Lord's children". It gives me great comfort to have such loving individuals watching over her while she is serving the wonderful people of Brazil!