Amos is working hard today. The harder life gets for him, the better his attitude and the harder he works. He amazes me!
My sister Phoebe’s son Kenny came home from a two year LDS mission to Cancun, Mexico. We met him at the airport and are spending the evening in Gilbert with him and our extended family. Amos will meet us here after work. Kenny has been so worried about Amos and is excited to see him. What a beautiful and emotional reunion it has been today for Kenny and his family. He served with honor, gained strength and experience, learned a language and now he’s home stronger than ever. We love you Elder Morris!
This is the last week of summer before my kids go back to school and we had a million busy things happening today. I’m trying to sift through all of that to get to the important things to share with you all tonight.
Amos went to work, which is really hard for him on Mondays after a weekend of chemo but despite his fatigue, he had a really great day doing what he loves. One of the inmates found out he was a bishop and asked him for a blessing. Sadly he had to refuse because it isn’t appropriate in a professional counseling situation, but he knew he was able to help him in other ways when, after their session, the inmate said Amos was the miracle he’s been praying for.
The video Evie, Spencer and our UTuber friends made for Amos is getting some news media attention and we are trying to keep up on kind messages from people all over the world. There are good people everywhere who have had such similar experiences. It’s so comforting to know we aren’t alone.
Amos will take the day off tomorrow instead of Thursday to conduct that funeral for Faith’s daughter Gloria. I’m so grateful that his work has been so flexible with his schedule through all of this.
Today is my sister Phoebe’s birthday. She is up in Utah for our family reunion. Happy Birthday Phoebe!! We are so sad that we can’t be there because of Amos’s condition but they did get exciting news. Her daughter McKenna just got her mission call to Russia! This is so crazy because my other sister already has a daughter on a mission in Russia now. We are so excited for McKenna and the amazing experiences we know she will have there.
Amos lost another 5 lbs but is feeling good this time. I need to make sure he eats more. He is off to work today and he has church stuff tonight so I’m trying to find a time to get him to eat.
After a morning at the pool the kids and I came home to write letters to missionaries. I have 6 sisters and all, except one, have a son or daughter currently serving a full time mission. Missie has a son in Mexico; Amy has a daughter in Russia; Christy has a son in Washington; Phoebe has a son in Mexico and Sarah has a son in Brazil. I also feel that Carrie still has a son serving a mission from the other side of the veil. He was serving a mission in Mexico but had to come home early when doctors discovered he had cancer. Remarkably he was beating the cancer but was taken suddenly in a terrible motorcycle accident. I strongly believe the other five cousins are getting help from him in their work.
For those who may not be familiar with an LDS mission, these young men (18) and women (19) are called to an area of the world not of their choosing and at their own expense to serve teach the gospel of Jesus Christ for 2 years (men) or a year and a half (women). They agree to live by very strict rules with no cell phones or entertainment and write home only once a week.
Amos served a mission to Toronto, Canada when he was 19. His brother served in the same mission several years earlier which is very uncommon. Amos happened to live in my condominium complex when he moved to Provo the summer before starting at BYU. We met and got married before his first day of class.
I’m so grateful for the way his mission prepared him to be a husband and father. Amos’s mission also directed his carreer path. One of his mission companions had bipolar disorder. It frustrated Amos at first then fascinated him and led him into the field of psychology.
Our children are planning and saving now for their own missions. These cousins are great examples for them. The letter writing has been going on for several hours now and it is so fun to watch. They are using Google Translate to add a little part of their letters in each cousin’s mission language.
We just got a visit from the Sister missionaries serving in our ward. One is from Australia and the other is from Maryland. They need my help with a special project tonight so I need to go prepare. I’ll leave you with my kids’ favorite missionary video.