I sat in a Sunday school class today and someone’s phone rang out the Rocky theme song. He rushed to capture and silence it as quickly as possible. The teacher was stunned because he had actually prepared to incorporate Rocky into the lesson. He told the man not to worry because it was fate.
The lesson was on trials and the extreme hardship and persecution of the early members of our faith in the 1800’s. He spoke of the extermination order against members of our faith by the government and massacres of men, women and children by mobs. I became interested in how Brother Smith would relate that to Rocky.
He asked why the early saints had to endure such extreme difficulties. He then started taking about Rocky Balboa and wondered how this small-time, working class boxer could go up against the greatest fighter in the world. He explained that although Rocky knew he couldn’t beat Apollo Creed’s superior skill, he knew he could survive the 15 rounds of beating. Rocky seemed to have an unlimited ability to absorb punishment and refused to be knocked out.
Because Amos loves Rocky, the comparison made me think of him and his battle – getting up round after round, wiping the blood from his face and beckoning his opponent to go another round.
Adrian’s face is what I feel sometimes. The rounds are getting difficult to watch but he will keep taking them and getting back up. They will take a toll on his body, but like the Italian Stallion and the early saints, he will endure and the magnitude of his situation will make him stronger in the end.
We came home after church today and rested until it was time for mission prep. It was my friend Rebecca’s birthday and my girls were baking her a birthday treat while she was cooking dinner on her birthday for us! Love that girl and her amazing heart. We also got deliveries from several other families today and kind words and hugs from many more.
We found out that Amos’s parents are on their way here from Idaho. They will be here in the morning and we are excited to see them. It will be a blessing to have them here while Evelyn and I leave for her CVX Live performance in Salt Lake.
We also had a wonderful visit from our friends the Stolp family. They walked in during mission prep which was perfect because the members of the class had a chance to practice their missionary lessons on them.
The Stolps used to be professional investigators having had the missionary lessons almost a hundred times before we moved around the corner from them. I was so privileged to be able to accompany the missionaries there to teach them and our hearts were filled with joy when she and her daughter were baptized by Amos before we moved to Florence. Seeing them again brought back all those feelings of joy and seeing their faith and their family grow in strength since then was thrilling.
Their teenaged daughter Madee is so cute. She started laughing and crying at the same time when she realized that Evie had met and sung for DJ Khaled.
Porter and Kirra visited our old ward in Mesa today, where the Stolp family attends, for the mission homecoming of McKay Holt who was Porter’s Sunday school teacher before we left. We love an miss our good friends from the Thunder Mountain Ward.