Friday, December 31, 2010
What is a Hero?
I remember when I was in high school my mother had a heart attack and she was placed in the hospital for a while. There were many friends and family who had supported us through that time of constantly visiting the hospital and going to and from school and work. I am filled with gratitude at the sacrifice and love that was shown to us by my mother's sister and niece. They were with us every step of the way helping us to feel reassured and showing by their faith that everything was going to be okay and making it easier for life to go on. I will always remember the seemingly countless words of strength and smiles that they shared for us. Now everything is great for our family. I know that it was because of the great strength and endless service that my aunt and cousin gave us in our time of need.
At the beginning of my mission in Vacaville there was a family who we grew close with. They were a couple who were at home alone because their kids were grown up and moved out of the house. I remember when my companion and I visited them, the husband had not come home yet and his wife told us about a major trial of illness that had come to him. I will never forget the smile that she kept on her face as she was asking for us to give him a priesthood blessing and being completely optimistic despite the bad news that they received. Everything turned out well for them and the memory of her smile through the rough time has helped me get through so much.
I have a testimony that Jesus Christ lives and he is the Son of God. I have witnessed my testimony grow through those experiences because of the women in my life. Men and women are both so precious in the sight of God, but it is our heavenly father's precious daughters who have inspired me to get through my microscopic sorrows. I want to thank all of the women of the world that give strength to others by being strong and showing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Written by Elder Hinton