What a Feeling! Reading a 36-Year Old Mail

I remember that after 4 months of my baptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the person who baptized me on April 20, 1980 sent me a postal mail which I was able to keep for 36 years for safekeeping and I was able to find it inside an envelope. I open it and read.

It reads (unedited):

It’s really nice to received [sic] a letters from the people whom you loved. I’m very excited upon reading your letter.

Well, as of now I’m very busy in my Church calling, I got e position ward magazine representative, secretary in singlec adult which is the hardest things first you can do… But I know the Lord with help me and the third is the Stake Missionary (part time only). We had lot’s of referral and we just only sustained last night. In our stake there’s no full time missionary and we are the one doing the missionary work, that’s our RESPONSIBILITIES…

Next semester, I will continue my studies as 3rd year BSIE. Last two weeks ago I started a job in the EDUCATION MEDIUM EXCHANGE as EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT. I enjoyed my work and I really used all the things that I’ve learned in MISSION FIELD.

iT’S REALLY NICE to HEARD [sic] a word from you and to know that you are SUPER ACTIVE in the CHURCH. Just alway’s [sic] REMEMBER that THERE IS SOMEONE CARES AND LOVES YOU…








As of now wala po akong copy ng BAPTISM ni GREG…
I think naibag ko na po, kasi wala po sa collection ko… Just tell me lang kong wala po and I will just send it… Regards to EVERYONE…


This letter was written by Arturo A. Tolentino, a former full-time missionary who was assigned in our place and after a week-long Gospel lesson about the Church, about the Prophets and about the ancient scriptures, The Book of Mormon, I decided to be baptized in the Church.

Our memories of good old days have been unfolded and everything seems to be fresh. It’s a flashback of 36–year Church activities, teaching and proselyting, and baptism.

What a feeling of thankfulness and happiness!


  1. Pat Z Anthony

    It is obvious the letter made you happy. How nice that you still have it! Maybe we could all share such info here. I wonder how many have old cards or letters that were sent to them years ago.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      I think I have got the attitude of my late father who kept old letters, communications, and everything and place them in safe place. I don’t know what is his purpose of doing it.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      It’s nostalgic indeed. While I was reading that letter, I was brought back to that momentous event especially my conversion to the truth of the Gospel.

    2. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Probably, but there are some who still keep their old letters. The family who values family history is doing this for their posterity.

    3. Sandhya Rani

      I have a collection of a few letters of my friend at college, and in those days we used to communicate poetry and philosophic thoughts through letters. It’s true, emails can never replace the handwritten letters

    4. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Grandchildren and great grandchildren could appreciate the lifestyle of their grandparents by reading their old letters. Biography of great men sometimes is culled from their letters written in a decade or so.

    5. Sandhya Rani

      I now remember the letters written by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to his daughter Indira, while he spent his days in jail. The book was later published as ‘Discovery of India’

    6. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You see how important are the old letters. If you a lot of them and then you compile then, you may be creating a book of letters.

    7. Sandhya Rani

      In fact many classic books are written in dairy writing format, and letter writing format

    8. Gil Camporazo Post author

      In that case, they look tidy and orderly for easy reading. That is a good writing habit.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You mean the crime that was solved by SH was traced from what had been written in the letter. Is that so?

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