I have several stories that I would like to share. A few nights, or Rendezvous' ago Sister Johnson from Parowan told about her 12 year old son, Jake. They have and love horses, they actually bought a team of horses from here in Nauvoo, who have finished their mission here and needed a place to retire. Elder Johnson had a horse that he loved and had trained and trusted very much. Jake in the early afternoon ask if he could take his dads horse and go for a ride. Sister Johnson said that he had gone like this many times because he loved riding and there wasn't always someone that could go with him. Well this afternoon he went to far and when it started to get dark he had lost his direction. He headed home but was confused as to what direction he needed to go. Of course, as parents we would be concerned if our son didn't come home, Elder Johnson was sure he was alright because he knew his horse and trusted him. Jake had gone up on the mountain above their home. There was no way they could go to find him until morning because it was to dark. At 5:30 am Elder Johnson got up and told Sister Johnson he knew where to go. They had a cabin about 35 miles from their home and he headed there. When he got there, the horse was tied up and Jake was in the cabin asleep on the couch. Jake said that he just gave the horse his head, let go of the reins, and the horse headed to the closest place he knew. He had actually fallen asleep on the horse. She likened this to our Heavenly Father, sometimes we need to give our Father in Heaven the reins and let him guide our life. We need to trust that he will guide us to do that which is true and right.
Another sweet story was told by our choir director, Sister Hansen. She told about her 3 year old grandson who has some challenges. It was his mothers birthday and he heard the word birthday and got excited and ask if he would get a gift, and his mother explained that no he would not, but she would be getting the gifts because it was her birthday. The little boy began to cry and said, but I don't have a gift for you. She explained that he had cleaned his room and helped her put the dishes away in the kitchen and that was the best gift she could get. He ran away to play content that he had given his mother a gift. Sometimes the gifts of the heart are the very best gifts of all.
We had a great surprise Friday afternoon. Jimmy and Becky Armstrong came to Nauvoo to see us. We had dinner, soup and sandwiches, and then they attended our Rendezvous. We didn't have a lot of time together, but it was so fun to see them.
Happy Thanksgiving. There is so much to be thankful for even when we see our world turning upside down. We are all children of a Father in Heaven who loves us and wants only the best for each of us. We are all brothers and sisters who are trying to do what is right.
On our last P-day we went with three other missionary couples, we drove to Springfield, IL to see the Lincoln Memorial. We had a very nice time. The presentations are so well done as they present the various historical aspects of Abraham Lincoln from boyhood to his death. I have always respected President Lincoln and now have a greater appreciation of what he went through in his presidency and his personal life.
Well this is our report for the week. The mission is getting geared up for the holidays and I send you a Happy Thanksgiving Greeting. We love you all so much and want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you.