Last week Elder Cook worked personally with Elder Greenman and his companion, Elder Largent and made a baptismal commitment with Armando. It was a special experience for all involved, even Elder Cook. This morning I received this email from him. Note that before his call to Africa, he has worked extensively on a project with Elder Greenman's grandfather as Mayor of Burley.
Dear Brother and Sister Greenman,
I meant to copy you in on this email I sent to my good friend Mayor Greenman, but I did not have an address for you. Now I do. I had such a wonderful time with your son. He is serving a great mission and making a difference.
He is happy and a great mission leader.
Thank you for raising such a fine son who is serving so well.
All the best,
Dear Mayor Greenman,
What a surprise I received on a recent tour to Mozambique. I met the mission leaders and one introduced himself as Elder Greenman from Burley Idaho. I was so excited. I could not wait to make a connection to him. As we talked together, no doubt I was able to confirm that he is your grandson. And I do mean “Grand” son. I love Elder Greeman. I was able to go teaching with him and his companion. Elder Greenman is such a kind, and loving person. He is engaging. He is a great teacher. He has the Spirit with him. I was so happy to be able to get to know him. He is a tribute to his family. We had a wonderful time. I must also add that President Kretly has much love and appreciation for Elder Greenman. He is doing a fantastic job in his assignment. He is playing a very important role during the day, in addition to teaching in the afternoons and evening. He is balancing everything so well.
I hope you and your wife and family are doing well. I think of you often and hope that things in Burley are continuing to rise. No doubt they are. Your leadership in the City has and will continue to make a difference.
It was so nice to make this Greenman connection in Africa. It really is a small word.
With love and appreciation,