Our hearts are full today as we return from church after feeling so much love from our ward family. I can’t even explain how special it was. About half of our ward members held a special fast for Bishop Abplanalp today. We then gathered in the overflow and knelt together as his first couselor, Brother Elwood, offered an incredible and humble prayer to consecrate our collective fasting to Amos and his healing and comfort and the spiritual growth and unity of our ward family.
Amos got up early this morning to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for the ward members who fasted for him. We are both overwhelmed with the continued love and support. Feeling that people serve us because they love us fills us with a deep sense of gratitude and love for them.
My sweet friend Rebecca spoke today about when the Savior washed the feet of His disciples and were told if they didn’t allow Him to wash their feet they would have no part with Him. She said it would be like if President Monson came to have dinner at your house then insisted on allowing him to wash your dishes if you wanted to remain a member of the church! That would be very difficult for me. Learning to accept service from our ward members has been difficult at times, but “having part with them” or being united with them in love and service has made it worth it. Service is fertile ground for charity and spiritual growth. What a beautiful gospel principle that we have learned to be true. When wondering what plan our Father in Heaven has in all this, I often think of our ward family and the lessons we have learned from them already.
We want also to let our extended family know of our love and appreciation for them. We missed seeing my family today. My sweet niece McKenna gave her farewell talk and we were so sad that her ward time is the same as ours. I knew my family would understand our absence. I might be biased but you can’t really find better siblings than mine. <3 My sister invited Amos to come help set Sister Morris apart for her mission this week and he is so excited and honored to be there for that.
We missed going through the temple with my niece, Carlie, so we are glad we will make it to her ward for her farewell talk in two weeks assuming Amos’s new cancer regiment will be barable enough for him to function.