Hey family...what up..
It is late, but I wanted to share something pretty special. I think I need to be careful, because sometimes the things I say may sound like boasting to others, and believe me I have never intended this to be the case. I give all credit to a loving Heavenly Father, and deep appreciation for some of the wonderful things I have in my life.
You all know that I have had the opportunity to help Landon prepare for a mission as a Bishop. I know Scott was able to send Austin, which launched his wonderful experience as a Bishop. Over the course of the last year or so, I have probed and prodded, and interviewed and shared with my son in a very intimate way.
Well, tonight, after many interviews, we sat accross the desk from each other as I gave him a temple recommend interview as he prepares to enter the Lord's House for the first time. As I looked him in the eye, and started asking the familiar questions, I was overcome with emotion to have the opportunity to do this. I forged ahead with every question, waves of spiritual warmth flowing over me. He dropped his head and shed some tears together with me, smiling his wonderful smile.
But each question I asked, I looked him in the eye, and each answer he gave with a clear, unwavering response. "Dad, I am clean." This has been his reaction and response through the years, and tonight, as I looked into his clear, bright eyes, I was assured again that he is, and he is prepared to make sacred covenants.
Sometimes I feel that the children we (and you) have been sent are from another level. I see so much promise in this generation of youth in the church. I see so many bright and wonderful futures.
Thank you for your prayers in Abby's behalf. After she was cleared last week, she went out and nailed a personal best in the backstroke, coming in 2nd at a large meet in Southern Utah. She saw a nutitionist this week who is helping her plan the right foods to eat and when to eat them, and she seems very positive about that direction. She has a big Region meet this weekend, a few weeks of tapering, and then State on Feb 1 and 2 at BYU. Then she is going to rest for a day.
How we love you all. The Lord is blessing us so wonderfully, and is making a way for us in our new business pursuits.
Brad (and my soulmate, Carolyn)