I would be ungrateful if I did not stand and give thanks to my Heavenly
Father for the many blessings he has given me.
I am so thankful for my eternal companion, who takes care of me each and every day and loves me in sickness and in health. I do not know what I would do without her by my side helping me when I am not feeling well or in pain. She is my constant companion and my help mate that gives me the extra push to go on and have a positive attitude. She is my caregiver and works tirelessly to make sure I am comfortable and happy. I want her to know how much I truly love and appreciate her patience, understanding and caring. Being a caregiver is no easy task and I believe at times it is harder than being the patient.
I am so grateful for the sisters in this ward that take the time to come over and visit with her or take her on an outing to a play or just to get a donut and talk. This gives her a break from the day to day caregiving duties.
I am grateful for my family who support me and my wife.
I am grateful for good friends and neighbors who visit and assist us with things I can no longer do. Especially, the Butterfields, who are always there when we need something lifted or move. They are willing come right over. I am grateful for their sons who helped us during the summer with our yard.
I am so grateful for Scott who never fails to check on my wellbeing even when he is sick himself. He is Scotty-on-the-Spot whenever I need something done.
I am so thankful for our dedicated home teachers who are always there checking on our wellbeing and providing support and uplifting our spirits. Their family has blessed our lives spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
I am grateful for Kurt Jensen who uplifts me with his wide smile, firm handshake, service and generosity.
I am so very grateful for our caring and loving Bishop. He is the most spiritual and inspired individual I know. He is truly called of God to serve and bless the members of this ward. He has truly blessed our family and home in so many ways.
I want to tell you what a wonderful and selfless man he is:
I have been struggling to gain weight and somehow our Bishop found out that I love the ice cream cones from McDonalds. So, one evening he takes time out of his busy schedule and comes walking up the sidewalk, like the Olympic torch runner with the eternal flame of love and service, with ice cream cones from McDonalds. I truly love this dedicated man of God.
I am so thankful for this ward. You have shown love, concern and compassionate service in so many ways.. It has been one year since my diagnosis and I am so grateful to this ward family for your constant prayers in my behalf. I feel your prayers every day they give me strength, courage, and build me up to see the beauty every day.
I am grateful that we do not have to go through this life alone and can call on our Heavenly Father and know that he will answer our prayers and help us through the hard times
I have always been a little impatient when I ask my Father in Heaven to answer a prayer.
I now know that He may not always answer our prayers in the way we expect and His time is not our time, we must be patient and listen for that still small voice of the Holy Ghost.
Elder Jeffery R. Holland said:
“God is anxiously waiting to answer our prayers and fulfill our dreams, just as He always has. But, He can’t if we don’t pray and He can’t if we don’t dream. In short, He can’t if we do not believe.”
This year we have a new challenge. The doctors have said that my tumor is in-operable and may become more aggressive as time goes by. I want you to know that I have a dream of being cancer free and that even though I am in a dark tunnel without being able to see the light at the end I am still on the tracks and moving forward. I believe in miracles and I know that my Heavenly Father will answer prayers.
I have faith in my Heavenly Father, that if it be his will, I will be healed and make it to the light at the end of the tunnel.
Your prayers are very powerful and can help not only me but many in this ward who are struggling with health issues.. I know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. That Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are separate and distinct beings.
I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, that through his sacrifice all may be saved and through our keeping the commandments of the Lord and remaining faithful to the covenants and ordinances of the temple we may all gain exaltation in the highest kingdom of our Father in Heaven.
I know that Jesus loves each of us and knows us personally.
I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. He is a true prophet of God and restored the true Church of Jesus Christ on earth today. I testify that we have a living prophet on earth today – President Thomas S. Monson.
The Book of Mormon is true.
I know that prayer works and with your prayers I will recover —
“BUT, If Not… I will Trust in the Lord”
In the Name of Jesus Christ – Amen