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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Such an Honor

Last week I received heart-wrenching news: Natalie Jolley's Ewings Sarcoma brain tumors are growing again and she is going to to reenter and endure full-force chemo treatments and possible brain surgery. What a blow for the Jolleys who have just passed their two year mark of the gruelling experience of dealing with cancer and thought (hoped) they were over the worst of it.

Natalie had registered for classes at USU (again) and had just been offered a job as a tumbling coach at a local gym. Things were looking good for her to finally get back into life when a routine bone scan changed everything.

The Bishops of the 2nd and 8th Wards called a fast for Natalie starting yesterday and ending this evening a 6:00 p.m. Imagine my shock at receiving a phone call asking me to offer the prayer to close the fast. What a privilege to be asked to represent so many people who love Natalie and her family! What an honor to speak on behalf of all in attendance who knelt in the chapel this evening to ask the Lord for a healing blessing on Natalie and comfort and peace for her family. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude at knowing such a lovely young lady and to unite in faith and hope with so many who love her.

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