Friday, February 01, 2008

one of the best days...

ok... i want to tell you a great story! i have been waiting all week to tell you!

last saturday while i was taking down my christmas stuff (yes, i did finally take it down) i got a phone call from some very dear friends of mine... danny and kristy smith!

ok.. let me tell you a little bit about them! i met them on my
mission. danny was not a member of the church and my companion and i asked him if we could share a video on families. he said that lots of missionaries had come to his home to "share a message", but he never had let them in. i told him that we were different and he would let us in... and he did...

i have to tell you... i went on my mission for lots of reasons, really good reasons... but the minute i met the smith family my life changed forever! i know now that the reason i served my mission was to meet danny and his family.

i met danny the end of august 1995 and he was
baptized march 1996... it was a long hard road for all of us! lol! he challenged me at every turn, allowed me to learn just as much as he did. he forced me to be a better missionary, to learn to rely on my Savior every day for answers and guidance and taught me that patience is one of the greatest virtues of all...

ok... back to my story... in this phone call i was told that danny was being called to the 2nd counselor in the
bishopric. wow... i was amazed! i always knew this man was meant for great things... and i was feeling grateful for the small role i have played in his life.

i, of course, wanted to be there. so i drove 150 miles the next day to see them! what a wonderful day! i was able to spend quality time with kristy and her parents... get to know their 2 (very handsome) sons better and visit with danny about life and what comes next... i have to say, it was one of the best days in my life.

i have had many life altering days in my life... sunday... was one of them...

i know that Heavenly Father has a
plan for us. i know that i feel peace when i pray to Him. i know that He is mindful of me and the things i go through. and, i am grateful for it all.

smith family! i love you all!

6 comments:

Brenda said...

What a great story. And I do believe that the people we cross paths with in this life means more than we really know. Only Heavenly Father nows just how we can touch a persons life and change them. :)
Great story!!

Andrea said...

That is so awesome. I love to hear stories like that. So true that when you change someones life, they change yours too.. often more.
So glad you got to be there. That's cool!

MaryRuth said...

Such a great story Jennie! I love it!!

Miss you!!

Joyismygoal said...

oooohh Jennie that is awesome for you how gratifying

Alleman Family said...

What a great feeling to know that you touched so many people on your mission! I hope that I can do the same in my life!

Larry Bradley said...

Jennie,

Reading this story made me want to go on another mission. Thanks for sharing. I had a similar experience and it brought back great memories for me reading your experience. Thanks!