Sunday, June 23, 2019
Christmas Day! - December 25, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga
My dear Sister Allred, my sweetie girl!
I love your emails every week! You are such an inspiration. What an experience you had in contacting 28 people that one night, especially when you didn't feel well. Your insight through the Spirit is so amazing. I love your own words: "The Lord didn't take our sickness away but He helped us fulfill our calling even more so by giving us the strength to do so. It reminded me when Alma and His people were persecuted by Amulon and the burdens they had to bear were terrible but because they turned to the Lord their burdens were made light. Sister McCombs and I both experienced that!"
Thank you for sharing that with me. That helps me to hear your spiritual insight! I love you so much! I pray for you constantly! We all talk about you all the time. What an amazing, beautiful, wonderful time of your life to serve the Lord! I know He is blessing you in so many ways. I am so grateful that you can see the blessings, and feel the blessings, and feel His strength in your life.
Let us know about the Skype call today. Ben and Lindsay are in New York for Christmas, so they will FaceTime us or Skype us so they can see the computer screen. And then Spencer and Juna will come over. So, it will help to know what time.
It was so amazing to see little Jude's birth. Yes, I was in the delivery room, with Spencer, Melanie, Randy and Lacey! Gentry started labor around or after midnight on Wednesday night, and she finally woke up Spencer around 2:00 a.m. He called me Thursday morning around 5:30 a.m. and told me she was in labor, and to be ready. I was already awake, of course, and so I began getting ready and waited and waited. Sometime that morning (I think it was around 10:30), I went to the old hospital and was able to be with them. Spencer was really hungry so I went and got him some breakfast. And then we waited some more. Gentry wasn't supposed to eat, because when you have an epidural you are supposed to have an empty stomach. Melanie, Randy and Lacey came at some point. Melanie knew it would be awhile, and everything progressed at a steady pace. And then we watched as Gentry progressed in her labor. She was a hero, a trooper. She did have an epidural, so that helps with the pain, but it also made her nauseous, so that was hard for her. But, little Jude was finally born at 3:36 p.m. Can you believe it? You are an aunt! And we will send you lots of pictures. Would you like some prints? Anyway, I attached some more photos of little Jude's birth in another email. It really was amazing to be there.
I was listening to Pres. Monson this morning. He is truly the most Christlike example of pure love that I know, as he has served and served his entire life. He cares about the one, the lonely, the downtrodden, the depressed, the poor, the meek. He cares about everyone! And he always gives credit to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He knows it is Their work and glory, and he is simply the instrument. And that is what you are as a missionary. You are an instrument in His hands.
President Thomas S. Monson (2012 First Presidency Christmas Devotional): "As the Christmas season envelops us with all its glory, may we, as did the Wise Men, seek a bright, particular star to guide us to our Christmas opportunity in service to our fellowman. May we all make the journey to Bethlehem in spirit, taking with us a tender, caring heart as our gift to the Savior. And may one and all have a joy-filled Christmas. In the sacred and blessed name of Jesus Christ, amen."
Be strong and of a good courage, my beautiful daughter! May the angels be round about you to bear you up. I pray for that every day.
I know He lives. I know He is our Savior. I know He loves each of us, and atoned for our sins, and our infirmities. He is truly the Son of God. I love Christmas. I love celebrating His birth.
I love you to the moon and back!