August 30, 2010
It’s official; I’m out of my teens – I’ve got to step up my game now I guess. Well, I am sorry I was a little short in my email lately, but with transfers and a birthday…I had a great birthday; one of the members who is from the Congo actually had his birthday on the same day and I did and he had a birthday party and invited us over. We had a good time, the food was interesting…we had ‘foo foo’ a pasty material l.o.l. like mashed potatoes that you eat with your hands, actually you eat everything with your hands. It was o.k. I got to the point where I was full and they brought me out another plate of equal size. Then, after dinner we played a little football with the kids and it was a miracle in and of itself that I was able to keep that food down!
Also, Haary, the older man from Eindhoven, called a few families in the ward here to let them know it was my birthday and they baked me a cake! I felt so spoiled. To top it off, the next day for church services the Branch President’s son was baptized and he invited a ton of friends and neighbors, it was awesome! I got two phone numbers and a D.A. out of it! They all seem very positive also! What a great birthday!!!!!!!
Now, about transfers, I was a little depressed and somewhat excited all at once. Eventually, just a little sad. Harry took me to the train station to see me off, walked me to the train, tucked me in and what not and as the strain started rolling away he pulled out a white handkerchief and started waving it and running (as fast as an 80 year old man can) along the train and by this point I am balling my eyes out and he is crying too…definitely a ‘Kodak moment’ I love that man!!!!!!!
In other news, I think that two or three of the people that I taught there in Eindhoven will get baptized at some point. I will keep you posted, but just being a part of that was an amazing experience!
Kortrijk Belgium – well, there is no Haary so there is no car, we bike everywhere! It’s good though. I think I told you most everything about the area, South Belgium, not very many investigators (our work is cut out for us), very nice ward. Hmmm Flams (Flemish) is very tough but I’ll get used to it. Anyhow let me know what is going on there. Danielle are you excited to be 16? Any dates yet? Remember to make room for Heavenly Father! How is scripture study for everyone? Any missionary experiences? What is the weather like? We have a ton of rain.
I love you three sooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yours in the gospel,
p.s. I should tell you about one other thing that was really special. The Sunday after my birthday, my mission President came and visited our branch and after church he and his wife came and pulled me aside and make a big production of singing Happy Birthday to me! I thought I’d share that – it was really special to me!!!
p.s.s. I look forward to hearing from all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!