Sunday night was one of the best moments of the 22 months we have served in this mission. We had a “Why I Believe” fireside in Harrisburg. One thing made this one especially inspiring, moving and unforgettable -- a surprise guest.
About 15 minutes before the start of the fireside, as the missionary choir was finishing their rehearsal, Sister Rachel Young and her parents walked in the chapel. This was an electrical moment that everyone in the chapel felt – especially the missionaries. I wish we had captured the missionaries’ faces when they realized she was there, in person. All were surprised (none more than Sister Johnson and me as that afternoon we had spent an hour with them at the hospital, and they had not given any indication they would be attending the fireside).
She sang in the choir and bore a powerful testimony of the Savior.
This afternoon Sister Young’s mother texted:
“Rachel is out of surgery; all went well. We will go to her room soon. She will be in sicu (Surgery Intensive Care Unit) at least tonight, maybe a couple days.”
Thanks to all who fasted and prayed for Sister Young on this surgery. We pray she recovers quickly and will be able to fly home to Nevada in a few weeks.