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5.29.2016

THE PRINCIPLE OF COMPENSATION.


2 weeks after Cole was born, there was a Conference Talk that Joseph B. Wirthlin gave called "Come What May, and Love it".  The first time I heard it (when Cole was 2 weeks old) did not have the same impact on me as it did when he I heard it for the FIRST TIME, AFTER his BRAIN wasn't functioning the way it ONCE did.  

One of the things that has COMFORTED me, was when Elder Wirthlin talked about "The Principle of Compensation.  He said “ The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss.  That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in his OWN WAY. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that EVERY TEAR TODAY will EVENTUALLY be RETURNED A HUNDREDFOLD with tears of rejoicing & gratitude. STILL...7 years later, that PROMISE gets me through some of the most difficult days.

BACK STORY:
Before we had our daughter, we went BACK & FORTH for MANY YEARS on weather we wanted to have another baby after everything we had gone through with Cole. We (obviously) decided to have another baby.  She is now 2 years old.  She has brought SO MUCH HAPPINESS & LOVE to our family.  She was what we needed to HEAL + MOVE ON.  Everything we didn't get to experience with Cole, we get to experience with her.  She has been a HUGE blessing for Cole as well. She pushes him to LEARN + say WORDS, she MAKES HIM play with her (he doesn't play with kids).  She comforts him when he is sad & even HAND FEEDS him + WASHES his hair + pushes him in his STROLLER. He needed her + She needed him.  

FAST FORWARD TO LAST SUNDAY:
I was working on my Relief Society Lesson for church...my little girl was sitting next to me drawing on a piece of paper.  She looked up at me and said "Mommy, does that make sense?".  I just started LAUGHING & TEARS filled my eyes.  AND THEN IT DAWNED ON ME.  THIS is my COMPENSATION...HER!  I am being "RETURNED A HUNDREDFOLD with tears of Rejoicing & Gratitude"...JUST LIKE Elder Wirthlin said!

If you want to read the Talk that I'm referring to to go HERE

He was an Apostle of our church and passed away shortly AFTER giving this message. Cole has a SPECIAL connection with these Apostles...EVERY 6 months they give talks at General Conference for our church that is broad cast around the WORLD!  Cole does NOT watch TV, most of the time he doesn't even realize it is on.  Ever since he was 2 years old, he will go up to the TV as we are watching Conference & TOUCH the mouths of the Apostle's.  It is one of the MOST AMAZING THINGS IN THE WORLD to watch.  It confirms to me that these men are called by God + that my son KNOWS how SPECIAL they are!

...I submitted this photo to The Friend Magazine  and they published it in this issue HERE