Monday, July 8, 2013

Heading to the Philippines.....A great Sunday surprise too :)

Hello everyone! 
This past week was really good! My companion and I are getting along really well and the work is going really well and we are sad that it is coming to an end, but tomorrow evening (Tuesday) I will be flying out from Bengaluru International at 12:45 AM to Kuala Lumpur International airport in Malaysia and then taking another flight to the Manila Airport in the Philippines. I'm sad that I have to go, but I'm excited for the next chapter in my mission and the challenges that will come with it. 
This week was a really good week here in Bangalore. Elder Alosias and I had two baptisms of a wonderful couple here in Bangalore. Their son Anand has been a member of the church for 3 years now and many different Elders have taught his parents, but they would never commit to being baptized. Something about our companionship was unique to this family and the Spirit touched their hearts and this last Sunday they finally entered the waters of baptism at the ripe old ages of 78 and 75. They have tremendous faith and we even had to have four of us in white for the baptism. They invited Elder Tiefenbach to give baptism, Elder Alosias and I also were able to help because of their age and weight. It was a really good experience and I was really happy to leave Bangalore on such a high note. 
Things here are going to go really well even after I leave. There are investigators that we have been teaching and we are expecting at least 4 more baptisms for this month. The Lord truly is hastening His work and I am so grateful that I get to be apart of His royal army. I love serving the Lord and know that He blesses me each day. 
Thanks for all the love and support!! 
Elder Head

Sunday night we got received an email with pictures of Elder Head from a nice gentleman, Shaun Stirland from Alpine, whom had been there on a business trip and had attended church in the Whitefield Branch in Bangalore.  He had called and left a message about his interaction with Elder Head at church. It was the sweetest message ever, as he told us that he could tell that Ryan loved the people in India and that the members in turn were fond of him. He then asked Ryan if he wanted him to take anything back to Utah for him and Ryan said no, but to just tell his parents that he loved them so much!  This sweet man was so emotional when telling us this part as he too has a daughter serving a mission in Puerto Rico! He said to call if we wanted to but to enjoy the pictures and know that our son was doing so good!!  We naturally called him back and talked with him.  He said that whenever he visits other countries for business he will seek out the missionaries and take pictures and send them to their families back home. What a great idea!! He told us of Elder Head and Elder Alosias  teaching the 5th Sunday combined lesson to the branch and investigators that day about finances and budgets. Jeff joked and said, "my son was teaching a lesson about finances and budget??"  It amazing the things that missionaries learn on their missions :) He asked Elder Head how long he'd been serving and said that he knew that he'd been out for quite a while as Elder Head has an Indian cadence to his voice. Well as you can imagine this visit with Brother Stirland was a wonderful Sunday surprise!!  We never thought we would have this happen as not many people get over to India very often :)  We also were looking at another missionary couple's blog.  Elder and Sister Tiefenbach are serving in the mission office and had all the missionaries from Bangalore over for an activity and dinner.  As we looked over the post, there we saw Elder Head.....another great Sunday surprise!  Here's a link to that post:

Tiefenbach India Mission Adventures: The Great Escape

Elder Head with Brother Stirland from Alpine, UT

Elder Head and Elder Alosias in the Whitefield Branch

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