Jon’s parents are good friends with Elder Ballard, as he was the one that sustained Dad when he was Stake President. We have met the Ballards on other occasions, but this was a special one. We went up to his office in Salt Lake and visited about Jon’s parents mission and also about my condition. Elder Ballard offered to give me a blessing and, of course, I accepted. he gave me a beautiful healing blessing in which he promised I would be given time in this life to accomplish those things I felt I needed to. —I still have a lot I feel like I need to do, so with the miracle of healing…I’ll be around for a while! I am fortunate to have received two apostalic blessings. I also received one from Elder Andersen when I was first diagnosed. These blessings along with the blessings from my faithful husband and Tim, are truly sustaining me and increasing my faith!
The medicine continues to work. I am getting stronger, the cancer not affecting my lungs quite so much–no hacking cough, but I am extremely fatigued. I also have a little bit of the acne I was promised…just around my nose, and very dry skin…but I understand it could be worse, so I feel lucky.
I was reading in Elder Uchtdorf’s book–The Remarkable Soul of a Woman. He said, “I have simple faith (me too), I believe that as you are faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, as you draw closer to Him…things will work together for your good. I believe that as you immerse yourself in the work of the Father… God will encircle you in the arms of His love. Discouragement, inadequacy, and weariness will give way to a life of meaning, grace, and fulfillment. As a spirit daughter of our Heavenly Father, happiness is your heritage… Lift up your chin, walk tall. God loves you! Elder Uchtdorf shared the scripture in D&C 90:24 “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another.”
One week until the “Miles for Melanie Run/walk. I’m excited and so grateful to Alyson for organizing it, and getting Kalani, Catie, and Amanda Agle to help. Thanks to Ron Raymond for making the signs, and for anyone else who is working to make this a success. I am blessed by my circle of friends and love each of you!…Melanie