I am pleased to send you this email with news of your son. He is moving from our ward in Basingstoke to Oxford Ward.
Oxford is a beautiful part of the country and I am sure he will be happy there although i will be sad to see him go.
He really is a wonderful young man with excellent manners. He is a credit to you and to his Heavenly Father. He seems content in himself in a way so many would love, and having spoken to him, seems to have a clear sense of the path he will follow when he comes home. He speaks of you all with obvious love and i wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the sacrifices and hard work it will have taken to raise him.
My husband is not a member and the missionaries we had here before often didn't turn up for their meal appointments. This lead to my husband banning them from the house for several months - I had to withdraw from helping the missionaries. Although i did not explain this to your son he was a true example of how servants of our Heavenly Father should conduct themselves. He never tried to convert my husband but instead helped him to feel at ease with him. I am so grateful for this, my husband has welcomed my inviting the missionaries into our home. This is due to your son.
I just now saw your message and quickly began reading it aloud to my children near me.
As i read, my voice quickly changed from excited to 'choked up', as I read your wonderful words...
My tender emotions for Elder Calvin seem to surface continually since he's been gone - (just as they did for his brother and sister while they were serving missions).
What news could possibly be greater for any parent than to hear that their child seems to know who they are, and to have a clear sense of their own path? (But hearing that he was good to your husband was a close second! :)
I am so glad you sent me this, I've been feeling a bit concerned for him since reading his quick few words yesterday morning, knowing he'd be struggling to meet his moving deadline.
Thanks again, and God bless you and your husband!
Cherie J----- & family
Elder CAL has been in Basingstoke (or "Amazingstoke" as he called it) for 5 months! Oxford is about an hour north - in the same stake and zone. Both are west of London.