Monday, June 13, 2016

Brooke Jessica Young

 Doctrine and Covenants 31:6

Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them.


On the 25th of May 2016 at 12:43 MDT Brooke Jessica Young was born into this world.  Seven Pounds 7 ounces and Nineteen and three quarters inches of beauty and miracles.  I will share a little of what I wrote in my journal.


“Oh I can hardly explain my feelings right now.  It is so hard to be away and not get to hold this new baby that was on the other side of the veil with my Mom and Scott and so many other loved ones.  I envision them all seeing her off on her new adventure just as we would send a missionary off.  I know she arrived with the love of family on the other side.  I also feel the miracle of this birth.  Elizabeth was so hard to get here and now we have two miracles – Gifts from God to a righteous family.  Jessica and Joe are such wonderful parents and are so blessed for their faith and for holding to the rod.  I always felt there were more children waiting to come to this family and I know their faith and prayers were answered.  Only five and a half months and I will hold and kiss and cuddle and smile.  Jessica has been generous with beautiful pictures including her long fingers and beautiful feet.  Life is good.”

The Young family has been awesome – scheduling to take care of the kids and give Jessica time.  Chris made the blessing dress – My girls, Rachael, Rebecca, Ashlie and Allen have all been awesome in helping where and when needed.  FAMILY!  My Mom always said, “what would I do without my family”.  That’s right Mom, what would we do?  I am so thankful for mine, including all the in laws of my children.  They are all awesome consecrated families who know how to serve AND THEY DO IT!


It was 3AM on Thursday in the Philippines when we received the call, what a wonderful world we live in.  Forty-Five years ago I was in England when I received a telegram from my Dad that my nephew Chris had been born to Kent and Cindy.  That was a wonderful blessing to receive that telegram within a day of the birth.  However, the miracles of communication continue to grow as this day we immediately received voice and video calls and pictures, almost as if I was there rather than on the other side of the world, 8,000 miles and 12 hours ahead.  Thank you Heavenly Father for the inspired men who have studied and prayed and brought these blessings to the world we now live in.

So the scripture at the beginning of the post had meaning to us when we committed to serve a mission for 18 months.  It has added meaning today as we see the blessings that have come and continue to come to our family.

If you have ever considered serving a mission but have been reluctant to leave your family, let me assure you that it is not the easiest thing you will ever do, however, it is one of the best things you can ever do for your family.


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