Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Our Branch Loves Us (and We Love Them)

June 22, 2015

Hey guys! 

I saw all of the pictures of Cierra and her graduation! I'm really happy that a lot of the family came to the graduation and that you had a good time at the dinner too. Elder Jones and I had a crazy week. I was to Gent on dinsdag (Tuesday) and to Antwerpen on Woensdag (Wednesday). We had back to back exchanges with the Zone Leaders and District Leaders. I got back on donderdag (Thursday) and we went to our investigator’s house for an appointment in Ieper. We knocked on his door and he wasn't expecting us and he was sick. He let us come in and was so happy that we were there. He said he thinks he's going to die soon and then asked for a blessing. We gave him one and he looked a lot better after. He was so thankful for everything and it was a really spiritual but also very unexpected experience. We left the appointment and someone from South Africa came up to us and told us he knew us. He told us that the first missionary who talked to him was named Angelo and that’s the name of someone in our ward who served his mission in South Africa! I don't know if it was the same Angelo but that would be really cool. We got his number and we are going to give him a call. Friday was a little more rustig (quiet). We went to a new member’s house and ate, and then went to the Leman’s and ate, and talked to people on the street. Zaterdag (Saturday) was the day of our investigator’s baptism! He showed up and I gave the opening prayer, and when he went in the font, he kind of kneeled down, went all the way under, and then couldn't get back up, but every thing worked out. It was a beautiful experience and de Geest werd aanwezig (the Spirit was present). We ate at a member’s house, visited a less active family from our ward, and then went home. It was 11:00 at night and we were wondering why the District Leaders hadn't called for numbers, and then I remembered I left the phone in my suit pocket and the battery had run out. We plugged it in and we had six missed calls and found out that our entire ward was scared and going crazy and our District Leaders, Zone Leaders, and Mission President didn't know where we were. We had to call everyone and tell them that we had misplaced our phone and that we were in our apartment safe and sound. On the positive side, we know that our Branch loves us :) Say, “Hi!” to Kaylee for me when she arrives! Tell her that she's awesome and that she served a great mission! Love you guys! Have a great week! 

Love, Elder DeWitt 

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