Monday, May 28, 2012

Our Savior's Love


After Steven's beautiful post, it reminded me why I love him so much.  His strong testimony, love for the gospel and his Savior,  has been a strength in our home.  It is easy to forget our spouse in our busy lives with work, chasing kids, and church.  But through this experience we have rekindled our love for each other, relyed on each other, as we have trusted the Lord.  I  too have felt like a child, submissive, humble and very dependent on our Heavenly Father.  I told a friend today, that I never want this feeling to go away.  I have felt our Saviors love, every day!

* I'm sorry, I've tried for hours to get this to rotate!

The last 4 days have had a lot of up's and down's for Britt. In the morning's he has been battling being nausaes. Yesterday and today he started having seizure like activity again. We think they are being brought on by a certain medication for nausea. So we hope they will subside, as the medication gets out of his system.


We have been grateful for better afternoon's, as Britten has been able to "Welcome Home" some of his good friends from their mission. The joy and delight on his face radiates as his friends stop by the hospital, on their way home from the airport. Their embrace was priceless! The Spirit filled the room as they laughed and enjoyed catching up. Britten's  life has been blessed over the years, with so many amazing friends!


Last night Elder Schenk had a remarkable thing happen. As he was getting ready for bed his Dad asked him a question.  Britt responded in Portuguese. Steven said, "what"? Britt responded again with two simple sentences in Portuguese. Britt's eyes got big and he said, "Did you just hear that? I can't believe that I just said that"! Thrill and excitement over came the three of us. All night, Britt was practicing Portuguese! How elated we were to hear him speak some simple words and sentences, in a language that he has loved.

Britten has lived his life in a manner to invite the Spirit of the Savior to be with him. The Savior in return, stands with His arms open to demonstrate His love and appreciation for him. May we all invite the spirit into our lives, so we can feel our Savior's love.

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18 comments:

  1. So great to see the pictures, and hear that he is making breakthroughs with the Portuguese!!! I remember how frustrated he was just last week that he could understand everything but not speak it...this is great news!!!!!!!!! Love you guys!!!

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  2. Wow, it's good to see Britt looking and acting so much better. (minus the nausea and seizures) And, Karla, I've missed your laugh. You are all still in our prayers. We are grateful you are being so blessed. Much love to your whole family! Maili

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  4. This video brought tears to my eyes...to see him laughing and having so much fun with his friend when it wasn't all that long ago that you were being told by the doctors, "I'm sorry...there's nothing else we can do." Who would have thought that such a simple thing as a fist bump would bring so much joy?

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  5. Britten's smile and laugh makes my day!!!!!

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  6. It's great to see the progress Britten is making! Thanks for sharing your testimony. We love you guys!
    Derris & Laurie

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  7. It makes me so happy to see all our old friends reunite! All those boys including Britten brought so much fun to high school and up to when they left on their missions. Glad to see he is continuing to improve! I hope things continue to get better.

    Chelsea Jepsen

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  8. I am so thankful for your strength and testimony. It is wonderful to have this blog. Keep up the good work Britt! It's so amazing that you have started remembering the Portuguese language. I'm sure it's because of all of your faith and efforts! Love you!
    Brittany

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  9. CADA MENSAJE SUYO LLEGA A NUESTROS CORAZONES..., NOS ALEGRA INMENSAMENTE VER ELDER SCHENK QUE A PESAR DE SUS DOLENCIAS Y MOLESTIAS FÍSICAS, DESBORDA AMOR, FELICIDAD, TERNURA Y ESPIRITUALIDAD INFINITA EN SU MIRADA.
    FAMILIA SCHENK GRACIAS POR TODO LO QUE ESTAN COMPARTIENDO CON NOSOTROS. NOS FORTALECEN MUCHO.
    QUE NUESTRO PADRE CELESTIAL SIGA BENDICIENDOLES.
    CON AMOR.
    FAM. JAVE.

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  10. Britten, you look so good! Keep it up :) I never stop praying for you all. LOVE YOU!

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  11. Steven, Karla, Logan, Lora, Canon, and Jaxon: Words can't express how much we admire the faith, strength, and courage you have all shown over the last 70 days. Thank you so much for being willing to share your experiences with us, they have strengthened our testimonies and brought us closer to the Savior as well. We love you and we are so happy that Elder Schenk is finally home! We will continue praying for his complete recovery. With all our love and gratitude, Mike and Zoe Weston and family

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  12. oh my, Britten looks so good! you cn just see the radiance of the Spirit in his countenance. I am so humbled by the miracles we are witnessing in his life-thanks Britten for being such a light and a joy to everyone around you. we still pray for your health and continued recovery daily, and are so excited for every step you make. Jesus Christ truly is the Savior and is mindful of our circumstances-thank you for the beautiful reminders. WE LOVE YOU!!!

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  13. We are so happy for your family, especially Britten. He looks great. Thank you for all the lessons and inspiration that you are sharing with the world. We follow your blog faithfully. It is so uplifting,and there are angels both here on earth and in heaven that have you in their care. In return, your faith and thoughts that you share with others are truly gifts from angels to those of us who learn from your examples. Love, Mike and Robin Cooper & Family

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  14. You are a great example to our family here in St. George. Tyler asks about you often and we have tried to keep him updated. He will be released August 2 and returning to Utah State. He will track you down when he gets home. Just wanted you to know that you and your family will always be in our prayers.
    Dave and Joy Lambert

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  15. Saiba que sempre estou orando por vocês e vocês devem imaginar o quanto estou feliz pela melhora do Britt, estou muito feliz, estou orando para que ele possa enxergar muito bem com os dois olhos, estou acompanhando acho que desde o começo.. estou com vocês em coração.
    A fé nunca falha!
    Um grande beijo e amo todos vocês..

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  16. How fun to see pictures of Britten with his friends and doing all his "tricks"! You are awesome Britt! And what a missionary...always sharing the gospel! Sure hope the nausea quits soon and that they figure out the "seizure" episodes. Guess it all takes time, but you are a real trooper to hang in there and still work so hard. Keep on keepin' on and know we all love you dearly and are still praying mightily. Love you all.
    The Stoddards

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  17. So happy and great for all the many blessings for you all!!

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  18. Hahaha I LOVE the video!! My boyfriend just got back from his mission to the Brazil Maceio Mission, and he does that finger snap thing allllllll the time!! He says you're supposed to do it after someone says any form of the word "baptism", right? :) I've picked up the habit of doing it as well, even though I've practiced for hours and my fingers remain silent, which I'm sure makes me look rather goofy. Oh well, I'll keep trying.
    Love from Kansas,
    Trista

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