We talked yesterday about going back out to finish his mission. He is very determined to be able to do just that. He even conceded that if he were asked to ride a bike again, he would. He had previously said the only way he would get back on a bike, is if President Thomas S. Monson (the Prophet of the LDS Church) told him to, and gave him a blessing of protection directly!
Late last night, he asked to read this blog about him. It was a tearful, spiritual experience. How hard it is to see him come to the realization of just how badly he was hurt. The blog provided just a glimpse, the candied version if you will, of just how bad he was.
He has not been able to understand how Linda and I just know that he is going to be better. After reading the blog, he was able to comprehend how we measure where he is at. That we look at where he has been, where he is, and only then, how much further he has to go. He said that when you look at how bad I was, I guess I am doing pretty good, huh!
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave a talk in October of 1999. The Church has made a short Mormon Message from part of the talk (Located Here). In it he says;
Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better. My declaration is that that is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us, especially in times of need.
Even if you cannot always see that silver lining on your clouds, God can, for He is the very source of the light you seek. He does love you, and He knows your fears. He hears your prayers. He is your Heavenly Father, and surely He matches with His own the tears His children shed.Then, imagining speaking to himself, some 30 years earlier he continues;
Don’t give up, boy. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead...... You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.To my son, and any who are struggling, I echo, "Don't give up. Don't you quit. Trust God and believe in good things to come".
Our faith has been strengthened by this experience. Thank you all for your continued prayers.
We love you all so much,
Dave and Linda