Wednesday, May 29, 2013
"Today I'd like to bear you my testimony of the power of friendship in sharing the gospel. Last summer I had the privilege of going to work at a camp in Eastern Township for adults & children with disabilities. Little did I know that this camp would change my life in some significant ways. Over the course of the first day I met three people, Courtney Wilson, Rachel Desjourdy, and Guillaume Lussier-Houle. To me they were just three individuals, Courtney and Guillaume new to camp like myself and Rachel who had been there for 6 summers. I didn't know they knew each other. I knew nothing about them but there was a light or positive energy that said, "I want to be friends with the."
The summer wet on and we got to know each other, and became closer, and yet I couldn't figure out this amazing positivity that streamed from them and in my naiveness I chalked it up to, "well gosh, they have so much camp spirit!" Still I had no idea that they knew each other from someplace else. Guillaume had once mentioned that he knew Rachel from Church but nothing registered for me until about 3/4 of the way thru the summer another counselor said to me, "Well, you know they'r Mormons right?" Ohhhhhhhhh, well that's interesting, I thought. As curious as I was, I wanted to respect the fact that none of them had told me themselves-and so the summer ended and a few weeks went by and as anyone who's worked at summer camp will know, one becomes restless and homesick for camp and the people that make it. But then one Monday I received a text from Guillaume saying, "Hy want to come play volleyball with some friends of mine?" Cue that Wednesday I emerged from the Laurier metro with Guillaume. I looked up and saw printed on the outside-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ohhhhhhhhh!
That evening I was introduced to many of the YSA, surprised both Rachel & Courtney by my presence there, met Sister Howard and of course the missionaries. I left that evening overwhelmed by the kindness and welcome I had been shown. A few weeks later after playing my first game of gator ball, I was standing on the platform of the metro thinking to myself, I want to know more. I have so many questions and sure enough I turned to my left and there was Elder Baker & his companion. And, one of his first questions to me was, so what religion are you part of?
In looking back on last summer I know that the energy and light that radiated from Guillaume, Rachel & Courtney was not just 'camp spirit', but it was the fact that they are shining examples of the love of the Savior; what moved me to befriend them was the Spirit prompting me into the fold, and coming to the YSA that night in September and encountering the missionaries on y own weeks later was truly the hand of our Father in Heaven. I stand today, a member of the one true Church. I know this gospel is true and I know that my faith has found it's everlasting home. This is in many ways because of the friendship and acts of kindness and selfless love of friends within the YSA which now goes beyond those original 3. In Luke 22, verse 23 it says, "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." I am so truly grateful for all the friends that I have in the Church, particularly among them for the Elders that taught me, and because of all of them for the friend I have always in my Savior & the companionship of the Holy Ghost.
If my experience can testify to anything it is that acts of kindness and friendship, of service ad of selflessness can all hep someone who is searching to find the light; if we are humble and open to standing as disciples of the Lord, we can make a difference in someone's day, spark their curiosity to ask questions, and to help them find their faith. Small acts of kindness is all it takes.
In Doctrine and Covenants 88, verse 133 it reads, "Art thou a brother or a brethren? I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which covenant receive you to fellowship, in determination that is fixed, immovable and unchangeable, to be your friend and brother through the grace of God in the bonds of love, to walk in all commandment of God blameless, in thanksgiving forever and ever, Amen."
I leave this testimony, most gratefully, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Well, Sunday I wasn't feeling great, but didn't think much of it. Sunday night I couldn't sleep again with my leg hurting from the hip to the knee. Also when I tried to get up, I was in so much pain in my hip area that I could barely walk. We got up as usual to go to the office, but I just couldn't walk. I had to hold onto the walls and furniture to even walk. I was in a lot of pain, so I took an 800 ibuprofen and decided to go back to bed and rest. John went on to the office. After trying to sleep for a few hours with no pain relief, I was just in too much pain and decided that instead of going to QC, that I should go to the ER. John came home and we made the drive to the hospital in Plattsburg.
The hospital staff were very nice, but it was also quite busy. We ended up spending the entire afternoon in the ER. We waited over 3 hours to be taken into a room and I then waited over a couple of hours before the Dr. finally came in. Jacqueline, the doctor was VERY nice, very kind, and very thorough. I really liked her. After doing lots of blood work and x-rays, she told me that I had a very inflamed bursa. No wonder I was in so much pain. Luckily all of my blood work came back excellent. They, the doctor and nurses, told me several times how good the blood work was. I am so grateful for that. Also the test for blood clots came back negative and I didn't have to have an ultrasound. I'm certain that the blessing I had before we left helped me a lot. Even before the x-ray, I had an iv put in to hydrate me and also to get an anti-inflamatory and pain meds. It sure helped a lot to have those pain meds. We finally left the hospital close to 8:00. We stopped at KFC for a quick bite to eat and then began the trek home. When we were 2 miles away from the border we hit the traffic. It took about 3 1/2 hours to drive those 2 miles. By the time we got home it was after 1:00a.m. Today I feel so much better and can walk with no problem. Of course, I am still on drugs. I stayed home today and slept in. I'm supposed to rest. I think I will be able to go back to the office tomorrow.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Here we have George and Kathryn Jarvis. They were Mission President and wife in Romania. As a profession he taught psychology and sociology at several different universities including BYU, U of Hawaii, several universities in Canada and also at Stanford. She has also taught in the past. They have homes in both Alberta and in SLC and also have dual citizenship.
All of these couples are wonderful and it has been so nice to get to know them. They are all diligent in their different responsibilities. They all want to serve the Lord the best that they can. That is what we want to do also.