Missionary Monday

We have several family members currently serving missions around the world. Mondays are the days we usually get letters from them. It was very difficult for them to hear of their uncle’s death when they are so far away and unable to return.

Our nephew, Justin, got permission to call me from France. His call was so comforting. He bore his testimony in French then English of the plan of salvation, the love of God and that death is not the end.

McKenna says, “Needless to say, I’m taking this one hard but I’m continually reminded about how this separation we are going to experience with Amos is so small in the eternal plan of God. But the growth and closeness we will gain with our Savior is immeasurable. I have so much respect for the Abplanalp family and their continued faith. Not only did they have enough faith for him to be spared; they also had enough faith for him not to be. This is the kind of faith that is required from the Saints of God.”

Carlie’s letter from Texas said in part, “Hillary and Abplanalp family I LOVE YOU! I know there is literally nothing I can say to make this easier but I know that the power of Christ and His atonement is beyond anything we encounter here.”

Sheridan sent these words… “When I entered the MTC I decided I wanted to improve my prayers. I made it a goal and was working really hard at it. When Elder Anderson visited us he promised that as I prayed for strength I would know that the Lord lives. I was also blessed at the MTC to know that God knows me and loves me. When I got to Vegas I just felt a lot of adversity and really doubtful of myself and lonely.

On Saturday night I read my emails and was told my uncle Amos passed away. The neighbors underneath us were blasting Rihanna and my talk was unwritten and my companion was in the other room writing in her journal. Even though I didn’t feel like it I got on my knees and prayed for strength for myself and my family. I know my Savior lives and I know Amos will live again. I know God knows me and my family, it was one of the most powerful prayers in my life. I’m not a very outwardly emotional person but I sobbed.”

I love these missionaries and their faith strengthens me and buoys me up in these dark days.

I was up in the night tracking hurricane Irma. Amos’s dad was hit but is ok. They lost a lemon tree and went without power but they were unharmed and we are so thankful.

My childhood friend, Adrian, sent me this beautiful picture of my family. I love it so much and it reflects the letters of our sweet missionaries and their testimonies of the Savior and eternal families.

Our Eternal Family

“The urine cultures came back clean which is good news for Amos’s bladder and kidneys. It appears as though the infection is staying in the uterine tract. They are watching his labs closely. His white counts were 22.7 when he was admitted and is now 17.4. Normal is between 3-11 but at least we are heading in the right direction. Bilirubin should be between 0.2-1.3. Amos was at a 3.0 when they admitted him and is now at 2.3. Potassium levels have evened out.”

Thank you for these stats Phoebe. It is a miracle to see him fighting back  when so many people believed he was at the end. #miracles #teamamos Phoebe’s friend Andrea made this for us. I absolutely love it. We are a family in this life and for eternity.

He is eating regular food again, only drained a tiny amount of liquid from his stomach lining and hasn’t vomited at all today. Thanks for the picture Sandi.

He seems to be doing so much better now than even before I left. He had physical therapy again today and they said he did better than yesterday. He also got a shower and from what I hear, he has been pretty funny today. At least 3 people sent me funny things he said.

Evie had to go to school on set again today. We found out her teacher was also an on set teacher for the singer Birdy about 5 years ago. She also had some good rehearsals and did some other fun stuff for her set that is top secret. Only 3 and a half days until she is live in front of the world. You can vote 10 times in 3 different ways: Phone,Facebook/NBC.com and the America’s Got Talent app. Each person could vote for Evie Clair 30 times and I need help getting the word out.

My special thanks today goes to Brother Neil Martin who took the initiative to come fix Porter’s car.  What an incredible service. I can’t get over the kind things people do for us.