Dear Brother and Sister Hodson,
You may have already heard from your son that we [The Church] ran into some visa issues here at the Sacramento consulate.
There arose a bit of a conflict which will necessitate Elder Hodson to fly to Las Vegas on Monday and work out the concerns with his visa there.
While he will be flying in to Las Vegas in the morning and leaving again in the afternoon he will be under the companionship of the Holy Ghost and missionaries there in Las Vegas.
He is a missionary that can be trusted and obedient while he travels alone for those few hours. The only happens very rarely nevertheless it has happed to Elder Hodson.
He will be staying with us (Sister Marston and I) at the mission home on Sunday and I’ll take him to the airport in the morning and pick him up in the afternoon.
It is P-Day in our mission on Monday so he won’t be available to email home as usual. So I let him email home today.
This whole experience will be a good story to tell when all is said and done and he is on his way to Mexico the first of January 2016.
If it were up to me, I would keep him here in California in a heart-beat. He is a wonderful missionary, hard working, happy and eager to fulfill his purpose as a missionary.
He will always be a part of our mission and we feel blessed to have had him here for the few months.
I love him and trust him and pray for him.
It is a blessing that he will be here with us during the Holiday season.
PS: We will text you a picture of him at the airport on Monday as that might be as close to him as you can get. (There is a temptation there, I know, but resist!)
President Michael F. Marston