Page 5 Trinidad & Tobago Mission / West Indies Mission
Subject: Christmas, 2015
Comments: Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It’s time for our annual Christmas letter to all of our wonderful, incredible, and unforgettable Gospel Stars (Those stalwart couples in the mission)! We love the Christmas season with its lights, music decorations, and most of all, because it reminds us of the birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ–truly “the light and the life of the world.” However, it is not enough for us to just remember His birth. Moroni tells us what we need to do, and the blessings which then follow: “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.” (Moroni 10:32,33)
Our oldest son, Bill, who lives in El Cajon (So. Calif.), was diagnosed with lung cancer and is being treated for it. He never smoked, nor worked around smokers, and is an active member of the Church. Because the tumor was close to his heart, he could not have an operation, nor have radiation therapy. He received an infusion every three weeks, which just about killed him, and which caused him extremely severe side effects. His legs and feet were so swollen and painful towards the end that he couldn’t put on stockings or shoes, and at the last he couldn’t even stand or walk. They never were able to have any children to be of help; her parents live in Colorado, and her mother has had two strokes, so they couldn’t help; so we spent many months off and on living with them and helping, and only returning to St. George for our own doctor appointmens. He only has health insurance through his wife, so she has to keep working. He is a clinical psychologist, and they encouraged him to keep working if possible, so I would drive him to work, stay with him in the office and run his errands, and drive him home. Twice things were so bad he had to enter the hospital. Finally, they said he couldn’t stand any more infusions, so he is how on a daily pill. Things have improved greatly; he can stand, walk, and drive himself, and his vital signs are almost back to normal. The pill also has side effects but not as severe as before, and so we were able to return home in mid November, and will be here unless things change and we have to return.
As for Jane and myself, we are doing amazingly well! Our eyesight and hearing are not what they used to be, we can’t remember names or why we went into a room to get something, and we need to take a bunch of pills to keep various things under control, BUT we are doing great, and are truly blessed! Any problems we have are just bumps in the road.
We think of all of you often, and remember wonderful shared experiences. Truly the Lord blessed us to have so many wonderful “brothers and sisters!”
Some of you might wonder if what you have done or are doing is bearing fruit. Sometimes we may not feel as successful as we would like, but the Lord himself reminds us, “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.” (Emphasis added)
We send our love and best wishes for a truly wonderful Christmas season, and a fabulous New Year!
Jane and Roy