I'm afraid that our friend, Jake, is not doing well. Mom and I met with him last Saturday.
We took him to the beach; he had enough strength to walk a couple hundred feet
on the pier there but not enough to walk through the sand of the wide beach to
get to the water. He was an avid surfer 'back in the day" and so this was misery
for him to not be able to enjoy the water when it was so close. He used to be a
baseball player and basketball player as well.
I know that our Redeemer is merciful and that He loves Jake.
That will be enough.
On the positive side, Devin Hansen, our investigator, is still progressing well. He comes
to any church activity we have, is reading the Book of Mormon, has now been off of
coffee and tea for 10 days, and is still planning on baptism on August 20th. We'll teach
him again Friday night and he's coming the the Ward beach party on Saturday. In some
ways, there is balance in life.
I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for letting us be born in this era of the earth's
history when we have the restored gospel on earth and a living prophet. It is so good
to be able to temper feelings of sadness over death and sufferings of loved ones with
the knowledge that life continues with a plan and that our God is still and always in charge.
We took Jake out shopping last night for some more shirts and socks and
lotion. It's dry in the care center.
He had a hard time walking very much but took it slow .
As dad was paying for the items Jake and I went outside to rest
on the bench.
We had a good talk about life after death and if he knew where he was going?
He had thought he would go to hell but talked about it a bunch and he got
tears in his eyes when we talked about seeing his dad and grandma and he
would not be going to the wrong place.
Somehow he was told he would have to fight if he was going to last a week
to see his sister coming from Florida next week. They have not seen each
other or even talked in many many years! But now she wants to come see
him and they have talked the past few weeks.