WOW!! We got an amazing gift at our door this afternoon and it was from a family we don’t even know.
We’re a family from Utah that came across your blog. Your family is an inspiration to many. Although we don’t know you directly, we feel like our families have a lot in common. For example, we are a family of seven with the oldest child being 16 … Both our dad and your dad are the same age, and are bishops. Like your family, we enjoy music, games, and time together. We just wanted to drop something off to show gratitude to your family for being examples of true believers. We want you to know you are in our prayers.
The Smith Family
Of course I was bawling when Porter read this to me over the phone while I was searching for my car in the Walmart parking lot. He said 3 little girls dropped it off so I’m wondering if they live close. Thank you Smith Family. This stash will make for an amazing family night tonight. 🙂
Mondays are exciting in our extended family because we have several missionaries out serving and they send letters on Mondays. Today I read one from my niece, Kim. I have two nieces in Russia and Kim is one of them. She writes:
I know my posts have taken a pretty happy turn lately, but today I wanted to touch on the whole mental health thing, for those who might be wondering. I am still dealing with anxiety and depression, and I still have really rough moments, and mornings where I just do not want to get up and face the world. But you know what, I’ve gotten up everyday, and every time, it was worth it. Everyday I see the hand of God, and how He directs his work, and let’s me be a part of it. This work is miraculous. Life is miraculous, in the seemingly simplest of ways. A soul is made up of a spirit, a body, and a mind. Each of these face different challenges. And the Atonement works for all of them. I guess what I’ve found is that when things were wrong with my mind, I used to think things were wrong with my spirit. And that caused me to worry, and just boosted my anxiety. But as I have prayed to push aside that false thought, I find that most of the time, it really is just my brain. Just thoughts creating a big wall to climb over. So when I can push past that mental wall, and just trust God that things really are going to work out, that everything will be fine, everything gets a lot easier. Things really do work out. I am still alive. I am not in pain. Sometimes I have to take a break, reboot all my emotions and straighten out my thought patterns. And that is ok. The scriptures even tell us of the importance of not running faster than we have strength. My mission has shown me that I am very weak. But God uses the weak things of the world to bring about His eternal purposes.
I can not imagine the struggles this young niece of mine faces as she deals with these challenges so far away from home. Amos works every day of his life in the mental health profession to try to help people understand what she just learned. I thought her breakthrough was profound and needed to be shared today.