February 25, 2011
Dear Mom and Dad and Boo Boo,
Mom and Dad, I loved your letters today - they were very informative and it was, as always, great to hear from you!!!!! I especially appreciated the picture, you know what they say, a picture says a thousand words :), feel free to send more if you like, wink, wink lol!
It sounds as though grandma is not in too much pain, I am so grateful! It’s too bad that she gets so sleepy... It’s really difficult to hear about this as I’m away from home and really can’t fully understand and grasp what is happening. At times I’m not exactly sure how to react... she is very often in my thoughts and my prayers....please send my love!
Dad, I’m glad to hear how well your birthday was!! I was thinking about you :), yea I’ve been in Kortrijk now about 7 months lol, by March 16 I will be here 7 and a half. We will see if I will be able to stay one more! I hope so, I just love this area; it really feels so much like home to me, I think the members here feel the same lol, at least they tell me so!
Mom, about Tracy, I have had a letter for her on my desk for the last 2 months or so lol, I just don’t know what her address is; I sent a letter to her and it made its way back to me :/.Well, to start off, the principal! Carmen Ghesquire is doing fabulously! Lol she is on chapter 20 now in Gospel Principles and is still reading hard, she is of course reading the BOM as well but old language in Dutch is very difficult to grasp and understand and she is only on Chapter 20, it is also taking her a while because she just wants to really STUDY EVERYTHING, she needs to know what everything is symbolic for and the geographical areas they travel through etc etc lol, but she is just doing great. She just read the latest conference edition and ate it up lol; she has so many questions!!! She will be baptized soon!!!!!
Not long ago we found an inactive member that hasn’t been to church in 10 years or so and we were able to get him to church this last Sunday. His name is Henry and he is an educated and together man around 55 years of age or so; he has 2 daughters that will live with him soon! At church he was just great; after church he pulled President Lemon and myself aside and asked for a blessing and the spirit was so very strong! Henry gave us both big hugs and we were all crying, a beautiful experience! Henry will be working for President Lemon now and will be buying a car so he can take himself to church as well as others who are currently unable to make it due to transportation difficulties! What a blessing!
Last Sunday we also had an investigator at church; Alain is in his mid 40s and wants to be baptized :), we told him we will have to teach him a few things first but that can happen - lol. He lives in a small village and it is difficult for transportation, we will figure something out; transportation seems to be our biggest difficulty! The church is in Wallonia and not even in a Dutch speaking area and it is far from the train station and bus station, and not many members have cars either, but somehow things are working out more or less.
To top off, last Sunday I was asked to confirm Audrienna and it was a great experience; i was to be honest, I was nervous to give it in Dutch but it went just fine, the time came and words were spoken and understood lol:).
I am starting the BOM again and it feels so great to flex the old spiritual muscles!!! I know that the Book of Mormon is true, that it is the word of God, I am so very grateful for it! I hope all is well your way, I love you very very much and will talk to you next week!