Our missionary work did not end when we went into the hospital. The Recovery Room nurse, Eli, and I were able to talk for about 45 minutes about the Gospel. We were waiting for a room to open up for me, so I was awake and he started asking me questions about how and why we are in the Long Beach Area. When I explained, he said he was Catholic(he was from the Philippines) and he asked question after question comparing LDS doctrine with the Catholics. I was able to answer all of his questions. Of course, I did not have any pass along cards, so I told him to look up Mormon.org. As Ryan, the transporter, rolled me away, Eli said he has had "those young men" to his home and he has one of "those books". I told him to read it, it is true. Then Ryan started asking me questions as he rolled me to my room.
Robert, a nurse anesthetist, had had good experiences with LDS missionaries in the past and we talked until I was put to sleep.
We are not allowed to proselyte in the VA hospital, but our name tags and just questions in general allowed us the opportunity to talk about the wonderful plan of Happiness!
|Elder Walker and Elder Dixon both from Missouri|
Elder Dixon is a convert and we are impressed with both of their testimonies.
Our wonderful Assistants to the President(AP's) came to dinner last evening(they brought their own dinner and a cake for us) with a wonderful message about trusting the Lord in our tribulations. I think they were inspired to come and give me that lesson. I have to admit, I have struggled with my emotions this week. I guess I am human :) I keep reminding my self to see my glass as half full (not half empty). and I have so much to be grateful for!There is a song that is wonderful by Martina McBride that my daughter, Amy, suggested we listen to:" I'm gonna love you through this". It is excellent. We don't listen to too much radio, but I looked it up on the Internet.
|I will not allow "things" to control my life. I know Who is in control and I will trust in Him.|