Picture was taken on 12 Jan. 2011 after Elder Richards arrived at the Mission Home.
In his letter from the Mission home he writes:
Hey Mom and Dad! I'm here in Richmond, Virginia and it kind of looks like Washington. My mission president is really nice. I've got a little bit of jet lag; but other than that I'm O.K....a little nervous so keep praying and send lots of letters.
I've been fed and the food is good. I love you and can't wait to hear from all of you. The letters help - they REALLY DO! :-) So keep praying for me and if you can, it would be nice for you to put my name in the Temple.
I really appreciate all the love from you both. If you could also pray for my companions too, so that things will run smooth.
Well I LOVE you all and like I said, don't hesitate to send more letters.
Your loving son and missionary
Elder Richards :-)