Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Letter from Bishop of Valley View Ward

May 5, 2013

Dear Brother and Sister Tonini,

I am the Bishop of the Valley View Ward in the Moreno Valley, California Stake.  The city of Moreno Valley is located to the east of and shares a common border with the City of Riverside, California.  Moreno Valley was the 15th fastest growing city in the nation in 2007, and now has a population exceeding 190,000.  Moreno Valley enjoys an extremely diverse demographic, with the majority demographic being Hispanic, followed by Caucasian, African American, Asian, and Pacific Islander.  Needless to say, it is a dynamic city of diverse cultures.  In addition to five family wards, the Moreno Valley Stake also has a Spanish Ward and Samoan Ward.  It is a challenging area in which to serve.

On behalf of your Brothers and Sisters in the Valley View Ward, I want to express to you our gratitude for the faithful service of your son, Elder Tonini, while assigned here in Moreno Valley.  As Bishop, I had the unique opportunity to work closely with Elder Tonini as he labored diligently in this part of the Lord's vineyard.  His tireless and selfless service was an inspiration and motivation for the members of this Ward.  He was instrumental in touching many lives with his unwavering testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As the parent of two returned missionaries, I know that expressions of gratitude from recipients of our sons' missionary service are infrequent.  I just want to let you know that Elder Tonini's service was appreciated.  Thank you for sharing him with us.

Your Brother,

/s/ Bishop Hansen

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