Saturday, September 22, 2012

Being a Nurse

      Dr and Sister Jackson will complete their mission this week and head back home. He is the AMA (Area Medical  Advisor, he covers all of Southern California, I think 9 missions).  They have been a VERY big help to me and a great resource.  They came to two of our three Zone Conferences this week. I forgot to get their picture, I thought of it as they drove away.   They gave me this "Willow Tree-Angel of Healing".  It is so nice and was so nice of them. They also included a special message I would like to share with you.  You all are nurses of some sort.  I have two daughters that are nurses professionally, but the rest of the family are nurses to their families and friends, students and neighbors.  I feel this way about each of you!

The Proverbs 31 Nurse
by Lois Sigmon Turley, RN
Who can find a good natured Nurse?
For her price is far above silver and gold.
She seeks medicines and skills,
and works willing with others.
She gives of herself
and considers her own desires last.
A heatwarming smile is hers,
and is made beautiful in her eyes.
She girds herself with honor
and strengthens her ability with patience.
She preceives that her work is good.
Her candle does not go out by night.
She lays her hands upon understanding.
She stretches out her hand to the poor;
yet, she reaches forth hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of sorrow,
for her trust is in God.
Pride and humility are her clothing,
and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with comfort,
and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Her associates rise up and call her blessed;
her patients also praise her kindness.
Many daughters have helped others,
but you excel them all.
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain.
But a Nurse that fears the Lord--
She shall be praised!

        It made me feel good.  I think of all my family.

      As I said we had Zone conferences this week.  I did my power point presentation, "Oh, My Aching....".  It was about some of the pains the Elders and Sisters call me with and where I get the answers I give them and why we have aches and pains. Sometimes I wonder if the Elders and Sisters understand what I am trying to convey, but one elder texted me, thanking me for the presentation.  That was very nice of him and maybe it did help, he made my day and I told him so.

         "As you can tell, we think about you and the problems you face a lot! We know that Heavenly Father loves missionaries and that it is possible for missionaries to be healthy anywhere they are called to serve – but it requires diligence and obedience to health principles by both the missionaries and the medical personnel who serve them."
             We ask God’s choice blessings to be with all of you.                                                                  Deanne Francis, RN           Chair: Mission Nurse Specialist Committee
    I am changing it a little:
            As you can tell, we think about you and the problems you face a lot! We know that Heavenly Father loves our family and that it is possible for our family to be happy and  healthy anywhere they are called to serve – but it requires diligence and obedience to gospel and health principles by both our family and the  personnel who serve them.   We ask God’s choice blessings to be with all of you.
"The wondrous manifestations of Christ's love for all bring hope and encouragement to those who suffer from ailments of all sorts."         -- Elder Alexander B. Morrison

Happy 16th Birthday Miranda!!!!  You made it without kissing a boy-congratulations. 
     Lonnie and I went to An Adult "Date Night" Fireside.  It was "The Song of the Righteous is a Prayer unto Me" by John Huntington, a renouned baritone.  He talked about singing in church and then gave a recital.  It was wonderful.  His voice filled the building.  I am glad I am doing choir at church.  I definitely will sign louder and with more passion after listening to him.  I love "feeling" the words of our hymns already. 
A sunset over the baseball field.  It was very pretty.
     There was a baseball game going on the other night, it was the crew of a brand newly built destroyer for the military which was being loaded here on Seal Beach.  One of the guys that was playing, kept looking at Elder McOmber and I.  He finally came over and introduced himself.  He was a member of our church from San Diego.  Elder McOmber almost got a tour of the destoyer, except we had Zone Conferences.  We had Brother Mosher over one evening for sandwiches and to visit while they were docked here.  He went on a mission to South America and is fairly newly married. It was a nice visit.  It was interesting how difficult it is starting up a new ship for the Navy.
     I love this picture Sara sent me... just want to share it.

Neli helping herself to cake.
       I did some sewing Saturday.  Elder McOmber helped clean out a storage shed and was gone for a while.  I got the cleaning done and had time to get out my sewing machine.  I am embroidering a garden flag for out in our "yard" and making stuffed pumpkins for our front window.  Feels real good to be creating!

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