Monday, May 10, 2010

Final installment

To make a long story short with the van Dalens, we drove up to the house to discover that it was actually Aty van Dalen that lived there. (!!) She is settled in Schiedam with her husband and was very eager to invite us in with the mention of Becky's name. They were actually heading out the door to a reception just then, but invited us back for a patio brunch for the next day. We left the note from Becky behind with her contact information and Aty promised to call her that evening.

The following morning, we returned for a delightful time with whom we call our new Dutch grandparents, Aty and Atze.

They are wonderful people. We absolutely adore them and have returned several times to offer our services and gezellig company. :) Aty and Becky are now back in touch and Aty feels certain that her departed father has played a role in this reunion. She saw white butterflies the morning that we showed up on her door - a significant sign of her father's presence in her life even now.

Becky's example of a faithful follower of Jesus Christ as a young teenager has made an impression that has lasted in Aty's memory for over 44 years. I find that so amazing and I'm so grateful for
the quiet way in which members of the church like Becky live their lives and keep the commandments - it's a light to so many. I'm also grateful for the way in which Becky listened to the Spirit, which led her find Aty again and continue their friendship. It reminds me of one of my favorite passages in the Doctrine and Covenants 130:2. And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy.

Becky's role is not yet finished. We missionaries were but instruments to connect them again. Becky now has the opportunity to bring these our brethren again unto thee (Alma 31) through her continued love and example. You got it, Becky!

Brothers and sisters, the gospel is true. Rotterdam is receiving the light through its members. It's beautiful, simple, and pure. I'm lovin' it. And I love you all.

Zuster Fritz

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