Things are very good. Yesterday was our district meeting, after which we went on exchanges – I stayed in Eindhoven with a new comp. and it went really well; I felt like I was about to get a confidence boost out of it because I was the one calling the shots and taking charge. It was really fun!
We went and did some service for an older lady in the ward. This went great right up until I saw the expiration date on some juice that Elder Brockbank had just drank. He felt kind of sick for a while as we finished up the project she had us on but soon felt fine. As we had finished we were about to leave and she stopped us and insisted that we come in and have some “tootjes” – sweets l.o.l. We went back in and Elder B., Henry, myself and the elderly lady all pilled into her tiny kitchen, at which point she pulled out ‘you know what’. I figured “no problem”, I’d just have to shake some down, but then she served us our three big glasses of juice and I noticed bits and chunks of mold floating in mine…eeewww I couldn’t fo it, so I motioned for Elder B to dump ‘em while I distracted her, so I told Zuster Lusdt that I needed to use the bathroom but that I thought she was out of toilet paper. Upon arriving in the bathroom we saw a whole role – at which point, for some reason, she got really upset.
It all worked out though when we got back into the kitchen our glasses were empty and I suddenly remembered an appointment we were almost late for before she could refill our glasses or pull something else out of her ancient food storage. Luckily none of us had to get our stomache pumped and we made it in one place.
Later that day we had an amazing day on the doors of the college campus. We knocked at maybe 15 doors or so and we had some great talks and then some numbers and follow ups. I felt so blessed. The work is good; I LOVE my mission!
The day before yesterday I gave my first blessing. An investigator of ours from Kenya named Caroline told us during an appointment that she needs surgery – though we did not get details about that, but she was very emotional about that. In any case, we sang some African hymns to try to confort her and shared some scriptures and then gave her a blessing. It was a last minute and I didn’t expect it at all so I know that the words I spoke come from Heavenly Father; I certainly didn’t have any time to think of words before hand, which was good. It was a warm experience for both of us, Caroline and I, because obviously she was receiving a blessing and I was exercising my priesthood. I felt the Spirit strongly and I know she did too because she was crying when we had finished. I just thought I would share that with you. I’m still good, fat and happy preaching the good word.
This morning was transfers. It was a big surprise and neither my companion or I expected; Elder Stringham is going to Amertart and I have a really young elder that noone knows about. I hear he has red hair and is very skinny – this is the big news. I received a wonderful letter from Grandma Thack yesterday. It was great to hear from her.
Here are some random factoids about life in Holland/Belgium:
-butter is spread on everything!
-lots of fatty foods.
-drink juice with everything and get offended if you don’t drink it.
-hair styles are crazy.
-if your house stands alone without being attached to another, you are well off.
-everybody talks and thinks in a literal way.
-nobody is afraid to hurt somebody’s feelings.
-love their sweets
-million ways to say goodbye and go through them each time you say goodbye
-lots of tulips
-rabbits in place of squirrels
Great news!!!! Yesterday was the first day with my new companion. We went to say hi to Caroline the investigator – our lady from Kenya. We shared the story of Paul and receiving those baptisms and then we felt the Spirit and asked Caroline to get baptized. She agreed! Words cannot describe how estatic we were. We actually got the first baptism date of the mission for this transfer. This was a real gift!
We are going to get a lot done here, and I will have more good news for you really soon.
To all, I love you very much! Same address, don’t be afraid to write!
Elder Ryan Leash
5641 HE Eindhoven