Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 1, 2014


This was a very interesting week. last Sunday, our friend Charles (in a wheel chair, stroke victim) was heading out the door because he wasn't feeling well and we found him outside in his chair unconscious, he wasn't breathing. He then threw up, we got him out of his chair and laid him out on the cement to open up his airway and then called 911, he was doing fine before the ambulance got tho the church, but they wanted to take him in to make sure everything was ok. It turns out, that he had another small stroke. We visited him in the Hospital a few times this week, and he got out before thanksgiving. They want to put a stint in the next time he come in, but it wasn't to bad 

Helping to take care of Charles has been one of the most rewarding things that I have done on my mission. It has made me very grateful for a body that works and that heals quickly. It makes me want to make sure that I don't let anything bad into my body. But what I have learned the most is humility. Charles can do very little on his own, and has to let others take care of him. For someone who used to be very wealthy and self made successful, to let 20 year old boys teach him how to pray, let alone teach him how to breath and exercise, is amazing to me. Even though it is seemingly degrading for him, Charles is very appreciative for the help and support that he gets.

I hope that all of you can feel the warm fuzzy of service. It is more than just a duty or a moral obligation. It is a privilege to stand in the Saviors place, and act as someones helper or healer. It isn't always physical service, but is often as simple as being friendly to someone, or most importantly, catering to others spiritual needs. Through Home or Visiting Teaching, you are caring for someones needs in all of these ways. And through being spiritually aware of others (praying to see opportunities to help others) you can help everyone that you come into contact with, one simple act at a time. I challenge you to seek divine guidance to find someone that you can help. 

Elder Strong

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