I just wanted to take a minute to try to express the gratitude that I have felt this past weeks. This week has been one of the hardest that i have yet faced. I have been overwhelmed by the love and support I have felt from my family and friends in this difficult time. I have been comforted in knowing that He is so mindful and watchful. Always close never far. I have faith in His plan and I know that me getting sick is not a surprise to Him its a surprise to me. One of my favorite scriptures throughout my mission has been D&C 84:88 "and whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for i will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angel round about you, to bear you up." It was always a great comfort to read those words and know that no matter where I was in the Philippines and what kind of a day He was never far from me. I have witnessed this as I've been sick and have come home. I have been overwhelmed by the love and support He has given me through His Heavenly messengers. I know that He puts people in our lives for a reason. We were not put on this earth to walk alone. We are surrounded by His love. One of my favorite quotes by Thomas S. Monson goes like this...
"“Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments.There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us. My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.”
I know this to be true. I am so gratefully for our loving Heavenly Father and the opportunity to serve Him in the Philippines. It has brought more joy and happiness than I could have ever imagined. I don't know what my future holds but I do know that His hand is guiding the way. Let us all move forward in faith and trust in His plan. Thank you again for all of your love, support and prayers!
Medical Update: I am getting a CT scan tomorrow of my lungs and am meeting with a Pulmonologist Monday. We are eager to receive some answers and get me healthy once more!