Amos has been fighting this cancer for four months now. It’s a daily physical and emotional fight, but we were reminded by the testimony of a member of our ward today that it isn’t the most important fight we have to face. Everyday people fight physical battles. Some are meant to be overcome and some are not. The important part is not the physical struggle but the spiritual outcome of the fight. The Brother who shared his testimony said, “There is nothing more important than fighting.” His point was that we must be engaged in the daily battle between good and evil. It is not good enough to sit on the sidelines and cheer on those actively engaged in the battle. We have to “get on the field” and work together. As we do the physical battles we engage in become less daunting and spiritual aspects of the fight become more apparent to us and to those around us.
This evening a neighbor of ours came by and talked to us about how this man’s testimony had touched him. He has been engaged in a life long fight of finding truth and trying to serve others. As he heard this testimony of fighting he said, “It was like he was talking to me.” He is great of example of battling through mortal trials in order to gain spiritual rewards. The other day I mentioned a conversation Amos had with one of the inmates at the prison regarding whether or not he was angry with God for allowing him to get cancer when he has never had alcohol or drugs during his life. Amos shared with that man the importance of this struggle for him. It is a spiritual experience that has allowed him to grow closer to the Lord and has blessed his family in ways that would not have been possible otherwise. We still struggle everyday in being able to stay focused on the true fight that we are engaged in but we are grateful when God sends his angles (all of you) to remind us of what is important and allowing us to press forward.