This morning our family had the privilege of attending Sacrament meeting in the hospital Branch with Elder Schenk. The spirit filled our hearts as we sat in our seats with Britten by our side, and listened to the prelude music. The smiles on our faces radiated with love, for Elder Schenk, for the gospel, for our Savior Jesus Christ, and for our loving Father in Heaven.
The Branch President welcomed home Elder Schenk, who was serving in the Brazil Sao Paulo Mission. Elder Schenk's face beamed with true joy and happiness to have served the Lord. A young women spoke on "Let your light so shine". I couldn't help but think how Britten has been a wonderful example of this. We are SO proud of him! He amazes us with every step he takes. His determination and will power becomes stronger every day. Every moment with him he uplifts our spirits, strengthens our testimonies, and encourages us to do more and be better.
We met another family in the hospital today who's 18 year old son has had similar surgeries to Britt. She wondered if Britten wouldn't mind stopping by her sons room to say hello. When Britt walked into that room, you could just feel the spirit radiate from him as he gave encouragement and hope to that young man. His missionary work never ceases to end.
Britt's vision is still very limited. He can only see partially out of his left eye and even that comes and goes. If you can imagine trying to complete a simple task such as eating your lunch without being able to see. I'm sure the best of us would go crazy, but not Britten! Most people that meet him probably don't know that he can't see them very well. He greets them with a big smile and a missionary's handshake. He approaches every task that is presented to him with gusto and determination! We know that strength comes in numbers and we know that if it is God's will, Britten's eyesight will return. We thank you for your continued prayers.
Today was the most amazing day we have spent with Britten since the accident. Our family was together as we played ball, took a walk, and laughed till our sides hurt! It's amazing how steady Britt is on his feet. Words can't describe how wonderful it was to see him "shooting hoops" with his brothers! For that reason we have decided to let him show off a bit for you all tonight.
We love you and continually thank you for all your prayers, love, and support.
"Let your Light so Shine."Love,
Karla & Lora
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