As they were passing the sacrament, I asked Eric (well he read my lips) if the chapel was filling up. He said that it was full, but he did not seem to get any more nervous. He gave his talk like a pro. He told of his story and the thoughts that went through his mind when he learned that he had cancer. He spoke of being so scared that he was shaking and praying so hard to Heavenly Father for Help and he did receive help in the form of comfort and peace. He related how it felt like a warm blanket that was wrapped around him, and he was able to calm down, breath normal and was comforted by the most amazing peace. Experiences like this never leave your mind or heart.
I can not say enough how proud I am of him. He has conquered so much and is ready to face this new challenge he now faces in his mission.
Everyone has asked him several times if he was nervous about entering the MTC and his response was "Well the way I look at it is, I have wrestled a rattle snake, almost drowned twice, beat cancer.... why would the MTC scare me?" Gotta love him!
Here are a few pictures from his open house with just a few of his friends!
|I could not have pulled off this open house with a lot of helping hands!! We have the greatest friends who are so willing to help at the drop of a hat. THANK YOU!!|
|There were just a few people... :)|
|Steve Linford, Dennis Dunn, Tonya and me|
|More great friends who helped to feed to multitude...(it felt like feeding the multitude anyway)|
|Todd's parents even made it all the way down from Preston Idaho|
|Eric saying a few words|
|Dennis wrote a letter to Eric and was willing to share. I understand that it was kind of hard to hear, but when he finished, within seconds the heavens opened up and it started to pour rain. The point was well received by all.|
|Eric and 2 of his buddies. Steven and Tim came down to share this day with us. It meant so much to us that they did.|