Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Elder Cook

On Friday night I had the privelege to sit down with Elder Cook. My family along with Josh's family joined us. I was going to be receiving a blessing from an Apostle. My heart had been going crazy since the moment I knew I was going to get to meet him. I had no idea I would be receiving a blessing. Elder Cook put my name in the Salt Lake temple a few months ago when we first found out about my cancer. He was the one who prayed for me when the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve met in the temple on a Thursday in May.  (the night of my bridal shower). Every Thursday they meet in the temple for a meeting and have a prayer. President Monson goes through the names that are brought to the temple and then one of the members prays for those names along with other things. I felt honored to have my name in the pile that was prayed for. I wanted to know more about what happened that day so we arranged for me to meet him. Of course, the whole family came! I would not have missed it either. Travis and Chol considered driving down for the experience. This was a once in a lifetime experience. Elder Cook was so kind and full with the spirit. He told our family about the experience and then told us of another member of the Seventy who had struggled with a brain tumor as I am. He was very loving and shared many special things with us. He did lay his hands upon my head and give me a blessing. The things he said and shared are things I want to remain close to my heart but I will share the feeling of overwhelming love from the Savior. The blessing made me want to multiply my faith and well-doing. It gave me yet another confirmation that God does hear our prayers and God will answer our prayers. He does love us and he does want us to be happy. Satan is the only one who desires for us to be miserable. Christ loves laughter and learning. I know without a doubt that Elder Cook is called of God and that he is a mouthpiece for the Lord. I know that God does love me and my family. Friday night was a night I will never forget. I wish their hands could have stayed on my head forever. Yes, the priesthood is the same and I have had other blessings but this one was extra special and will remain vivid in my memory forever.

4 comments:

Amy King Millett said...

Thanks for sharing! What a great experience!!! We continue to keep you and your family in our prayers!

Heidi said...

What a wonderful, special experience! Thank you for sharing!

Lisa Marie said...

That is so awesome.

Mandy&Dave said...

Tara, it's always so nice to read your posts. I am glad things are going so well. You are in my thoughts and prayers often. Thanks for continuing to share your story, and most of all, thank you for sharing your faith and trust in God. Your faith helps me to handle my own trials with greater optimism and confidence in the Lord. Thanks again and may God continue to watch over you, Josh, and your family. Love, Mandy Miller Clive