A Lesson in Listening to the Spirit

I have always enjoyed reading stories in the Ensign Magazine about people being prompted to action by the Spirit. I thought  the stories were amazing. I One of those stories happened to me tonight.

It has been a hard summer for us for various reasons. One of which is dealing with the challenges facing my son. I knew that Heavenly Father was mindful of him because of his various struggles. But what just happened has truly made me understand how the Spirit works through other people. That if we are listening, He will send us to the aide of others. Like my retired neighbor just did when he knocked on my door.

He came asking for my son. He told me he didn’t know why he needed to talk to my son, just that the Spirit kept telling him he needed to go talk to Kaden. As I pulled my phone from my pocket to call Kaden, tears started streaming down my face as I told this man how much my son needed a friend. I thanked him for listening to the Spirit. Okay, I blubbered while thanking him. I hope he receives many extra blessings for acting on the prompting that my son needed him.

My neighbor taught me an important lesson tonight. Never put off a prompting. He is one of my heroes.

~CTR

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I Knew Exactly What I Had

We had a family reunion for the Peacock side this weekend. I love to get together with some of the family I haven’t seen in a while and see all of the new babies in the family. I love visiting with my sisters-in-law that are more than just family. That I would have been friends with even if they weren’t my family. The ones who loved Laney almost as much as us.

Each family brought things to put on a display table about what they have been up to. We thought it would be fun to take along Laney’s pictures from growing up, since some of those cousins would be there. We thought they would like to look at them and remember all of those happy growing up days. It was harder that we thought it would be for people to look through Laney’s pictures. Todd and his family put together a poster and then put a spot on it that said “We miss Laney.” Who knew that three little words could make a person cry?

I have a nephew that was at the reunion who is going to be a chaplain. He is in chaplain school right now at BYU. He grew up with Laney. He is very close to our family. He knows us very well, so it was easy to talk to him about Laney and life. He really helped us see things a little differently. He knew exactly what to say, and is very good at what he does.

There are some in the family that hold such a special place in our hearts for how they have always been so good to our family, but also for how they have treated Laney. They are the ones that were there the day of the accident and went way beyond anything ever expected to help us. We love you guys!

~CTR

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A Call for Courage

The past few weeks have been rough with the things going on in my life. Sometimes, life can be so disappointing. I guess I should say that the choices I see others make can be so disappointing. As I have watched the people in my life struggle through things that they cannot control, that were not of their choosing, I cannot help but marvel at the strength and goodness of our Heavenly Father. At the love and tenderness He shows for us.

While some of the people I see are in a fight for their lives, others are fighting disabilities and disappointments. They are strong people who face each day with a smile on their face and the determination to beat whatever they are fighting. It strengthens me. It makes me want to be better. It makes me think that the struggles I face can be conquered, too. With Heavenly Father’s help, they can be.

~CTR

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