This has been a pretty humbling day for me. To think of so many people including me in their fasting and prayers today is just amazing. I know there is strength in fasting, but there is also strength in combining our faith and love.
Let me tell you about my experiences in Church. Today I left a little bit early and felt badly about that (I don't like to miss any of church), but I was feeling a little nauseated and very tired. When I got home, my sister, Laura, was here--what a wonderful thing. Emily brought me home so the 3 of us just talked for a while--it was so nice.
But back to Church--the first Sunday of each month is Fast Sunday for us. we fast for 2 meals, and we try to always fast for a purpose. We have a testimony meeting where different members of our congregations (ward) share their feelings about the Gospel and Jesus Christ and about the Church. My very close friend (for many years), Chad Cherrington, shared some very tender feelings about me...and about this trial and about some of the spiritual experiences he's had with us. It touched me so much, and I felt inspired to also bear my testimony. I really do know that our Father in Heaven loves each of us-and that His love is often shown through the love of others. Throughout this whole experience, I have felt deeply of His love and concern, because of the love and concern of so many people. We don't ask for trials or adversity, but we can really see the hand of the Lord, guiding and helping us through through His other children.i I wish I could express my feelings better, but I hope you all know how much I appreciate all that you do for me. Happy Labor Day to you all! Love, Louise