|photo courtesy of Johan Finne|
(from Sunday's email)
...Your mission became a gift not only for you, but to so many, including me. Your example has strengthened me so much. Who you've become and are as a person-- I couldn't feel any greater happiness and pride in a child of mine. For your total love, devotion, dedication, and consecration you've given to your mission, the Finnish people, your companions, and most especially, to the Lord. With all my heart, I thank you. And I can say with all the conviction of my heart that if the Lord were there to speak to you as you sit down on that plane that will take off and fly over that land that you love-- (I know that your eyes will fill with tender, longing tears, as I felt when leaving Portugal)-- I know that if the Lord was sitting next to you on that plane He would look you in the eyes and say with a sweet, tender smile, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Gary, I will say as your beloved mother and most faithful friend -- the one that knows you better and loves you more than any other soul-- I say now to you these same words:
Well done, my dear beloved son.
...I love you more than you'll ever know. I can't wait to look into your eyes, and feel you in my arms. To shed tears with you. To hear your voice and hear your stories. We will have a lot of time for that. A lot of time to be together and talk. I'm so looking forward to it all, my dear.