Ryan wrote in one of his letters from 09/15/2012, " One of the teachers have a plaque in their room that says: ' Missionary: One that leaves his/her friends and family for a short time so other people can live with their family forever.' ....Serving the Lord is the best thing you will ever do. I could be doing anything right now, but I am on a mission to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to testify to as many people ass will hear my voice that I know the Book of Mormon is true. 1 Corinthians 13:11 reads, 'When I was a child, I spake as a child: but when I became a man, I put the childish things away.' Our branch president asked us to replace man with missionary. This a big statement that helps us to be great missionaries. However, I decided to take this just one step further. Mine you this is a lifelong goal, but I have been taking it seriously. In striving to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ we can use his name and strive to fulfill it. 'I will speak as Christ would, I will understand as Christ does, I will think as Christ would. Keep in mind that I am not saying I am perfect at it, but I will try my very best. Elder Bednar said we become most like Christ when we resist the 'natural man' in us to act for ourselves."
Ryan wrote in one of his letters from 09/20/2012- " Holy Cow, today was a spirit powerhouse! Everyday here is a miracle but certain days I have a crazy humbling experience. Like today, I began to soak in the fact that this is literally the most important calling a person can have! We are literally representatives of Jesus Christ, let that sink in a little! I realize that I need him more than ever to do this.
'And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of their Redeemer. And how blessed are they for they did publish peace; they did publish good tidings of good and they did declare unto the people that the Lord reigneth!'
I know that missionary work is real. The church is real. I have witnessed it in so many ways!
Alam ko po na totoo ang simbahan ni Jesucrist.
Alam ko po na ang aklat ni Mormon.
Alam ko po na Jesucrist ng anak nia ni Ama salangit.
Alam ko po na nagbayadisala si Jesucrist.
Alam ko po na! Sa panalan ni Jesucristo, amen.
I know that the church of Jesus Christ is true.
I know that the Book of Mormon is true.
I know that Jesus Christ is God's son.
I know that Jesus Christ Atoned for all of our sins!
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Mahal Kita (I love you),
Elder Ryan Betancourt"
Ryan's good friend Elder Atoigue and him! He is a convert to the church also! He is serving in the Manila Mission!
One of Ryan's zone leaders, Elder Oakton.
Ryan said, "Sometimes I need to take a break from studying for a picture!" So cute!
Ryan's other zone Leader Elder Woodruff, He is serving in the Cauayan Mission also!
Elder Siola'a and Ryan. Ryan's Tongan friend from Australia!
Elder Marshall and Ryan. He plays Varsity Baseball for BYU, but is taking 2 years off to serve the Lord!