April 18, 2011
Just thinking about your last week moved me to tears, I felt the spirit so very strongly when you talked of grandma and her experiences being so close to the veil..... I can only imagine at this point how that would be to say goodbye to your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you dad, I love you very much, I love grandma very much and I know without a doubt that we will see her again. Please let me know how things further unfold.
Yes, your right it is getting close to transfer time, I will find out this coming Sunday or Monday if I will have to leave my home here in Kortrijk :(, I think I will probably be transferred. As to where I go I have no idea, my first choice would to stay here in Kortrijk, but if I can’t get that then I hope that I at least stay here in Belgium. I've really come to love and appreciate the Flemish ppl and culture that live here in Belgium, but I am sure that I will love wherever the Lord places me. Things continue to move forward and progress here in the Kortrijk area. Day before yesterday we had an appointment with 18 year old Richard, a friend of a member; Richard has agreed and desires to be baptized on may 28th! Upon inviting him to be baptized he requested that I baptize him and that would be such an awesome experience, I told him that if I was still here when the time came that I would absolutely do that, we will see :/. Richard has some obstacles to overcome, namely smoking, however he already has a budding and blooming testimony of the restoration and the plan that our Heavenly Father has for us; I really think that he will be able to defeat these struggles and partake in the happiness and peace that the Gospel brings! Exciting!
Alain is also growing and making great strides in the gospel, we had a good time getting to know each other a little better yesterday on the way to and from Stake Conference and he is still excited for his up coming baptismal date! Faustino and his son junior are still doing well, however, we are having issues lately with getting French joint teacher their way, but I think that we may have to move their baptismal date back a little while. When we do get some regular joint teaches established for them and things really start to sink in for them that they will really take hold and will be baptized! Elder Bjork is doing alright, we are still plugging along. I’m sure that it will be difficult learning this area for him just as it was for me, but that he will get oriented quickly and do just great.
On a personal level, I just finished 2nd Nephi this morning, and I remember thinking not long ago that I didn’t know how my testimony could grow any more, but I realized that it has, I just KNOW that these things are true, that this Book of Mormon is true and that I have a loving Heavenly Father who sent his literal son to help us learn and grow here while we are away from Him.
Well, I’d better get going, but again dad I love you dearly, and I know that things will come to pass according to the Lord's will! I will talk to you soon, and talk to you literally not long thereafter!
Elder Ryan Leash