Wednesday Words–Elder Kent F. Richards

Below is part of an email I (Melanie Marks) got from my mom last month.  The “Joe” in the story is my brother-in-law.

Our May issue of the Ensign has not come yet so I tried to look this month’s visiting teaching message up on the internet to share with them but May’s Ensign issue is not yet available so I decided for this month to share a General Conference Message given by  Joe’s cousin, Kent Richards, who has recently been sustained to the Seventies…

The topic of his talk was on the personal challenge of pain in mortality….

Early in his talk he quoted Elder Orson F. Whitney…

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude, and humility. … It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.” …….Elder Orson F. Whitney

As a surgeon, Elder Richards had this to say, “I have noted that children are often more naturally accepting of pain and suffering. They quietly endure with humility and meekness. I have felt a beautiful, sweet spirit surrounding these little ones.

Thirteen-year-old Sherrie underwent a 14-hour operation for a tumor on her spinal cord. As she regained consciousness in the intensive care unit, she said: “Daddy, Aunt Cheryl is here, … and … Grandpa Norman … and Grandma Brown are here. And Daddy, who is that standing beside you? … He looks like you, only taller. … He says he’s your brother, Jimmy.” Her uncle Jimmy had died at age 13 of cystic fibrosis.

For nearly an hour, Sherrie described her visitors, all deceased family members. Exhausted, she then fell asleep.  Later she told her father, “Daddy, all of the children here in the intensive care unit have angels helping them.” ……Elder Kent F. Richards

 

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