Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Giving Thanks

Hey all!

This last week was…well it was one of those weeks but it's all good now. I won't go into much detail, but the virus I must have caught at Boston Children's only progressed, so I was out for most of the week. We attempted to do exchanges with the Longfellow Park Sisters again, but while I was there they had an over-booked schedule so I was running much faster than I had strength when there was literally no time to exchange back. I ended up getting a blessing for comfort after Saturday's blessing for healing seemed to take no effect. It most certainly brought hope and assurance, and gave me a greater idea how last week was to make me spiritually stronger. For the remainder of the week I was at our apartment with Sister Platt, and then Sister Jones and I went on splits where I was at our member Sister Pritchett's home after District Meeting on Friday for the rest of the day. I was feeling much better on Saturday, even though my lungs took the toll, but soon enough they recovered. 

So yes, it was a little rough of a week, especially wanting to finish strong while seeing other missionaries leaving soon sprint to their finish line. Somehow CF took over, limiting what I could do temporarily. However, I could not deny the presence of my almighty Father in Heaven by my side. He continues to help me cross the finish line. Our ways are not His ways, as His plan is greater than we can imagine or anticipate with our own short vision. I was reminded how my own personal efforts are at times limited with physical limitations, but my loving Heavenly Father's upholding power is not. I bear witness that He is mine, and I am His. We are one, as He is helping me finish strong in the ways He sees important. 

There were some neat experiences that happened this week though which I am grateful for:

On Tuesday while on exchanges with Sister Blair, even though I was still in anticipation to take time to recover, I was able to be part of the lesson for Alex--Kyle's friend he introduced to the church. It was so neat--Alex's friend John, who attends the Longfellow Park Singles Ward where Alex was to go to--invited him to take the lessons. John had a remarkable experience where he literally just decided to walk into the church a few weeks back and felt it was right, so he wanted to take the discussions and share the joy he was feeling with Alex. Alex, however, was approached by missionaries in the past who gave him a mormon.org card which he lost, so later on he was introduced by Kyle who was being taught by us, then by John who just had this miraculous experience. Our lesson with Alex was indescribable as we taught (my favorite to teach) the Restoration. He was ready to learn more. He was ready for change in His life and to do what it takes to become closer to the Lord.

Later in the week on Saturday, Sister Jones and I were able to talk to John and Alex, who Kyle brought, at our ward Thanksgiving feast (I was feeling much better by then to be able to attend.) Kyle bore his testimony on certain matters that we discussed together as we answered questions they had. It's been so neat to see Kyle sharing the gospel and being a remarkable influence through his lasting conversion. Even though John and Alex aren't in our ward, it's incredible to see them progress with their pure desires to become new.

We are seeing GREAT miracles happening here in the Massachusetts Boston Mission in November. As President Packard updated the progress to Elder Lawrence just yesterday, we are "Working like everything depends on us and praying like everything depends on the Lord." Today the 64th baptism for this month will take place. We have 45 dates set for this final weekend, so we are anticipating to reach over 70. If we even reach 75% then we will be in the triple digits. The reason there are so many numbers involved is because each number is an individual having spiritual experiences, pressing forward in faith with a steadfastness in Christ, committing and covenanting to live and press forward according to His ways and receive all that He has in return.

In all honesty, it feels unreal that the time for this full-time mission is coming to a close so soon. Yesterday I had my final interview with President Packard. It came much sooner than I anticipated, since there are (31?) of us leaving the same day next week so it would be hard to interview all the same day. He decided last week to spread us out during his routinely every-other-transer interviews. I was nervous at first as I wasn't sure what to expect, but it went wonderfully, as the interviews I've had with President Packard have always been meaningful and fulfilling. I couldn't help coming out of of yesterdays feeling more whole, hopeful, and genuinely loved, as I always have after them. I cannot express in words how grateful I am to have learned all that I have from him. I couldn't have been more blessed to have him as my mission president.

As Thanksgiving is this week, I echo a few of the words Ammon carried to his people in Alma 26, as this is what we discussed in our Mission WebEx this morning…

(2) "And now, I ask, what great blessings has he bestowed upon us? Can ye tell?...
(3)"We have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work….
(8) "Blessed be the name of our God, let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever…
(16) "Who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part of which I feel."

When people will ask, "How was your mission?" or "What did you learn?" etc, as many returned missionaries can relate, the response will probably be " It was great" or "I learned a lot." As Ammon stated, "I cannot say even the smallest part of which I feel." It's impossible to explain the miracles I and the rest of this mission have witnessed, whether it be through moments of feeling God's confirming love and comfort, forgiveness and grace. Whether it be in front of the waters of baptism for someone taking on the name of Christ. There's the moment of being surrounded by 25 recent converts from all backgrounds and all races, crowded at the temple baptistry with family names for their first time.

There's also the penetrating experiences through the power of the spirit, all from being in a lesson to soaking in the impressions amidst the pin-dropping silence after the conference with Elder Holland. Then there's seeing investigators or recent coverts come together, sharing the gospel with each other from the lasting joy and conversion they feel and experience. Then there's the times following difficulty, seeing members come together with us, collaborating in what's no longer, as I like to put it "missionary work" but "the Lord's work." There's so much more I can expound on, but I'll just say, as Ammon had stated to  his "beloved brethren, who have so dearly beloved (them)" that "my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy…this is my joy and my great thanksgiving, and I will give thanks unto my God forever" for the experiences that have taken place and will yet take place will doing all that I can to live in full consecration to the Lord in years to come.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Continue to pour out thanks to the Lord. As we lay down all that we have, as he has to offer us all that He has, we will continue to experience His joy and Thanksgiving.

I love you!

-Sister Roy

Monday, November 17, 2014

Final CF Appointment/Thoughts on Zion

Hey all!  So this week...

Sister Jones and I went on an exchange with our Sister Training leaders Sisters Blair and Platt, which ended up being for almost 2 days! That usually doesn't happen, but the appointment Sister Jones and Sister Platt were in went overtime, so we met up the next day, but then had to exchange again for a sudden happening that ended up working out well.

While I was with Sister Blair in Cambridge, we made a few stop by's for unknown members on the list given to us from our Bishopric. We also did quite a bit of personal contacting out on the streets, as I quickly learned how fearless Sister Blair is! For the rest of the week, some appointments fell through and plans changed, but everything ended up going well. Sister Jones and I have been working closer with our Bishopric, as we've been visiting a lot with the list of "Unknowns." We also decided to go to town with the Christmas Party our Bishopric will be holding in December. We offered them our help, which they said they would be grateful for! During our weekly planning, we brainstormed every possible idea that could come to use for the party, then presented it to our Bishop in an email. Before we knew it, we were invited to the Bishopric meeting for the party! They loved a lot of our ideas, so we immediately planned what needed to be done and went to work! Although I won't be here for it (it'll be on the 13th) I'm still glad to help out with it. :)
Also...we almost taught Ryan Seacrest, Usher, and an artist named Shawn Mendez (who apparently has been becoming more known while I've been out)!! I had my last CF clinic appointment at Boston Children's Hospital on Friday. Right as we left the icy winds and freezing weather outside, we found ourselves behind a large crowd in the newly remodeled lobby. Sister Jones gasped as we saw on the large screen ahead a young man singing to a child. She admired and always listened to Shawn Mendez, who I had no idea who he was. Apparently many people do. As he played an acoustic song live to an inpatient at the hospital, everyone had their phones and cameras out. He sang a song (that Sister Jones told me) was called "Ordinaries" as I discovered how much talent he has. (Maybe I'm going to look up his music later on, but time can wait. :)) When his song ended, we saw Ryan interview him with Usher in the background. Sister Jones and I took advantage of the time we had as we were early to our appointment. We paced our way up the stairs and passed by the studio. We caught a glimpse of them, but unfortunately they didn't let anyone take pictures or talk to them unless they had a pass. We were so close!! Nevertheless, it was touching to see how much the people who set up the studio want to help these kids and families going through a very rough time feel extra hope and light through this service. 
*As a side note: It turns out Ryan Seacrest recently set up a studio at Boston Children's, where inpatients can be interviewed and guest performers will come every now and then. The hospital lobby was also completely redone--with a Red Mango as well as stairs that light up and play music when you walk on them.
The CF appointment itself was the quickest I've had here. I had my PFTs done, to find out they were the highest they've ever been in the mission, even though it was by a tiny percentage. My weight has also been maintained the whole year and a half, which was my goal. Brandon wasn't there since he was out sick so I was a little distraught, but I was able to leave a couple conference talks and a thank you note. Dr. Cernadas and I had a quick good visit. Haha as always with our visits, she tried to give all the credit to me while she must have thought I was crazy as I would try to point out how even through all the effort I've had to put in, it could only be done with the Lord's help. After giving her a thank you care, we took a picture and bade goodbye once again. I don't know how I ever would have made it this far without the diligence, dedication, knowledge, and care of my health providers here. Even though it is a children's hospital, I'm sure going to miss Boston Children's! (Not to mention it was ranked #1 in the country in 2014.) My words don't serve justice for my gratitude to have attend there over the course of my mission.
Since the CF visit, I've been reminded that my body is still susceptible to temporary illness. It turns out I must have caught some kind of nasty bug while at the hospital so I'm still recovering from it. However I feel peace and keep holding to the promise I've been given several times that I'll finish the mission here. Sometimes it hits you when you realize how real the phrase "Endure to the end" is.
This week I have been pondering over the importance of Zion, as it's what our mission is built upon. I've learned quite a bit about Zion, as before the mission I never before put much thought into what it is. It seemed to be more of an unreachable destination down the road, as I had always heard of its description given in Moses 7:18. We can build Zion within our callings with our leaders and auxiliaries. We can work towards Zion in our families and in our closest relationships. Last but not least, we can achieve Zion between ourselves and our very Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. I won't go into full detail about what I've learned thus far of this concept "Zion"--it would most likely take days when I still am learning and discovering what it's all about.
I was studying in John 17 earlier this week, since a member recommended it during our fast and testimony meeting. In this chapter, Jesus offers His great Intercessory prayer. I never paid much attention to this chapter before. As I read over it, my understanding was opened even more to how our Savior and Redeemer was truly one in purpose with Heavenly Father, as He desires us to be. After all, as I realized, He prayed for this ambition for us--even as it was repeated several times--that (we) may be one, as (they) are.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
2 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
It inspires me to know that He prayed for us to reach Zion, and that as we accomplish Zion, we become not only one in purpose and vision with each other, but one in purpose and vision with the Father's will for us.
I'm grateful to still strive to establish Zion here in every aspect, whether it be with Sister Jones and the Moore's, with our auxiliaries and our Bishopric, even with my doctors and caretakers...as I continually learn how to become one with the Lord. I know that if we take hold of this sweet privilege to do the same, we can discover the Lord's will for us as we feel a greater abundance of His sweet spirit in our lives.

More next week!
-Sister Roy
P.S. Our mission is hiking up to our goal! We had 19 baptisms this weekend so we are at 39. Elder Holland responded to President Packard's request for prayers for this, as he is praying for this every morning and night in his personal prayers. Elder and Sister Lawrence are also praying for this daily. Miracles don't stop happening!

Monday, November 10, 2014

November to Remember

 It's been a great week. There were still some ups and downs but overall it's been wonderful and we're seeing miracles happening here in Cambridge. :)

On Tuesday, we had the sweet privilege to begin our WebEx Book of Mormon "Knot chapters" studies with President Packard. We dove into 2 Nephi Chapter 2. We all read over the verses as he poured out in-depth responses and explanations to increase our understanding of how the Atonement is a central focus in this chapter. I learned quite a bit, as I'm sure all of us did. It was an incredible study and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's.

The rest of that day and the following were not terrible but not the best. There was a bunch of miscommunication between Walgreen's, the nurses at Boston Children's and my insurance, so after a week of trying to refill Hypersal I ran out of it so I wasn't feeling all that well. However, this led to spending some sweet time with one of our Sister Training Leaders Sister Platt (she is from West Valley) since she wasn't feeling that well either. During our "emergency p-day" we learned how we have a lot in common and I was able to learn a lot from how she's confronted challenges in life. Thankfully my Hypersal came in on Tuesday and even though I was still recovering Wednesday, I felt completely well enough the next morning, even well enough to complete an Insanity Max cardio workout. It was a miracle.

This week it was also incredible to see what a simple, outreaching act can lead to. About a year after Susan greeted Sister Patterson and I at the CVS in Waltham, followed by a series of invites and followups, she entered the waters of baptism in Belmont (at the church right across from the Boston Temple.) She was glowing as always and her husband Chris, who she was married to 3 days beforehand, was supportive by her side. I was so grateful to attend her baptism since a member from our ward, Sister Pritchett, was gracious enough to go on splits with Sister Jones and I since she wanted to continue the weekly D&C Scripture study/now weekly dinner with Andrea. It was a very memorable night. When I asked Susan afterward how she felt, she tried to describe but couldn't fully how clean and renewed she felt.  

Miracles are spreading throughout the mission, as we know November will be "a Time to Remember." Although we don't have any baptism dates here, we are still having large tender mercies taking place here. I am tremendously grateful for them!! Let me just touch up on a few...

--Al has been home from physical rehab for a few weeks. We were able to go see him on Saturday, during which he asked, "What time is church at?" We coordinated a way to get him to church and as soon as our lesson ended, I made phone calls like crazy to let our Auxiliary leaders know and to help him have a wonderful church experience. While making these calls, we found out even more potentials and less actives were coming as well. When it came time for church on Sunday, I was anxious, looking around for those expected to come, especially hoping Al would make it. I almost teared up when the sacrament was about to start--the chapel doors opened and in came the Moore's, Sister Bonnie, and Al's wife Janice pushing him in his wheelchair! He was able to stay for all 3 hours! This was the first time he was able to come in a LONG time!! It's been a year or so.  Al wants to be baptized but doesn't want to commit to a date yet since he's uneasy about his health, but it is slowly progressing and he sees the Lord's hand in his life.

--Kyle brought his friend Alex to church yesterday and Alex brought his friend.

--Our Bishop is easing up to us more. Since we've been focusing on this list of unknowns in the ward that he gave us and as we also touched on the miracles happening in the mission as "November is our time to remember", he's seen great success come from when Sister Scott was here, the Moores, Sister Jones and I being here that he's never seen before. Sister Orgill approached us yesterday, saying she signed up for their family to feed us, the Moore's and the Chinese Elders at the end of this month since I'll be leaving shortly after. It's incredible.

Great blessings are taking place. November is most certainly a time to remember. We could not do any of this without the Lord's guidance. This is not our work. Although we press through difficult times with diligence and patience, our efforts would not lead to anything without Him. 

A couple scriptures I would like to share are D&C 84:88 and Alma 36:22-25. I may have shared this before, but it has been on my mind this week. "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." 

This is a beautiful reminder of the angels that attend to us to give added strength and support when we feel we cannot do it on our own. Whether it be during illness, emotional struggles, loss, grief or heartache, I know that His angels do bear us up, as they are round about. 

I also feel that Alma's words here describe how I often feel as a full-time servant of the Lord. 

Alma 36:23 But behold, my limbs did receive their strength again, and I stood upon my feet, and did manifest unto the people that I had been born of God.
24 Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
25 Yea, and now behold... the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors; 
26 For because of the word which he has imparted unto me, behold, many have been born of God, and have tasted as I have tasted, and have seen eye to eye as I have seen; therefore they do know of these things of which I have spoken, as I do know; and the knowledge which I have is of God."

There is great joy that comes through this work as we see hearts turn and lives change, as we help bring souls closer to Him.

Sister Roy

Monday, November 3, 2014


November 3, 2014

"Why do we need to call Noah?"-Elder Kerr to Elder Tait at our Zone Meeting
"Because there is a flood coming!!" replied Elder Tait
"That's RIGHT!" said Elder Kerr as he chucked the piece of chalk in his hand across the room.
TOO funny! I'll explain this more later in here :)
The Massachusetts Boston Mission is sprinting head on. There are some neat changes and additions that are taking place. A few to list off:

-The Digital Mission here is on fire. There are 64 different people in more than 30 different countries that were taught Skype lessons in the last month. We were also recently told that there was a Sister (Sister Layton who I shared I went on exchanges with a while back) who is an online extender who found someone in Uganda online and passed him to Elders Tait and Graff, who taught him online, committed him to baptism and helped him find the Church meetinghouse. He went to Church, found the missionaries in serving in his home ward in Uganda and got baptized yesterday. Two other digital investigators went to Church yesterday and should have baptismal dates soon.  There is also another individual who was originally referred from Real Life Answers, has been taught by the Chinese Sisters and by Elder and Sister Foote, who have all done a wonderful job. She will be baptized later this month.

-During our mission-wide WebEx on Tuesday, President Packard shared that we will now be studying the Book of Mormon "knot" chapters on the Atonement together. (He explains that learning and understanding the Atonement is like climbing a rope, and there are certain chapters in the Book of Mormon that give us a place to hold onto while climbing this rope.)

-Also, the amount of baptisms in the mission has soared beyond from where it used to be when the Packard's arrived here.

As an update on Tina...Sister Jones and I planned a great lesson for her earlier this week. We were scheduled to have a lesson at the Nordquist's after all enjoying dinner together. (They even had us over the previous night on Monday as it was the original plan but Tina had to reschedule.) However, when we arrived at the Nordquist's, Tina wasn't there. We called, texted, called again...her phone was off. We were all very disappointed, but luckily the Nordquist's both served missions so they fully understood. They were very supportive and we greatly look up to them. They have actually known each other growing up and went to Jordan High School back in Sandy, remaining as friends, and then helped and encouraged each other through their missions. They are one of the outstanding couples here in the ward as they sure help out a lot!

The highlight of this week was our Mission Meeting on Thursday. We had the sweet privilege to be taught by Elder Larry R. Lawrence and his sweet, very intelligent wife. They traveled from Salt Lake City to be with us. Since Elder Lawrence is in the Seventy, they travel once a year to a mission. We as a mission prepared for that day, making sure we showed appropriate etiquette and respect, were exactly obedience and spiritually ready. We stood when Elder and Sister Lawrence entered the chapel, followed by the Packard's. They asked us to tell them our name and where we are from, looking us each in the eyes as Elder Hallstrom and Elder Holland did. I'll tell ya, Elder Lawrence sure carried a sharp gaze as he was interviewing us. 
When we all sat down, Sister Lawrence gave a long (2 1/2 hour) very insightful lesson on why Jesus Christ is called the Holy one of Israel and how the need for a gathering of Israel came to be. Much was shared including the history beginning with how we were called and elected in the pre-mortal life, how we are "under the covenant as we promised to gather Israel before we were born." She spoke on how the Savior is gathering His descendants, what Abraham promised God and what God promised in return, leading to why the Abrahamic Covenant is important. We were flooded with knowledge! Overall, we learned why the gathering of Israel is vital in preparation for the Savior's return.

After the presentation, Elder Lawrence held a "Therefore, what?" discussion on what we could take away from it all. Following his remarks, President and Sister Packard spoke together on how the mission is doing and what it can become. The key point was "The Lord has all in store for us, much more than we can imagine. All we need is the faith." President and Sister Packard recently returned from a 4-day trip to Palmyra, where they were taught by Elder Holland in the Sacred Grove. (Nbd...) When they were there, the Packard's, in their hearts, pondered and prayed about what the mission needed. As President Packard often envisions what miracles can happen and then goes to work, the Lord opened his eyes to what is in store for us, as "The Lord is waiting on us; we're not waiting on Him." They emphasized how "November is our time." During this time of pondering in the Sacred Grove, he knew we could reach our goal of baptisms we had never quite yet reached.
At this moment in the Mission Meeting, as President Packard explained all of this, he had all the missionaries who attended the Missionary Leadership Council meeting stand up and go behind the podium where the Packard's remained. It was quite the sight. They shared their experience in MLC as they all were revealed the Lord's will for the mission--to have at least 70 of the baptism dates which were set (there are as of now 110 baptism dates for November.) The Packard's shared the 10 action items that needed to be accomplished for this to happen, requiring full consecration of each missionary, a personal sacrifice, prayers for it from every angle at every opportunity, a mission prayer roll for these names every week, and more. Right then we were all in. We are committed. The spirit of hope, unity, and power felt was indescribable.
Elder Lawrence concluded, sharing how he has been blown away by the Massachusetts Boston Mission. After his remarks on exercising faith and providing the steps on how we can do so, he gave us the chance to stand if we chose to share our thoughts on all that was taking place. The spirit felt was miraculous, and once again breath taking.

We held a follow-up Zone meeting to talk about our goals set with Elder Lawrence. We set the goal as a Zone to sacrifice poor/slang language as missionaries (i.e. instead of calling a missionary just by their last name, include "Elder" or "Sister"). Our Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders came up with the title for our Zone's efforts to give our all this month. The title...the CALL NOAH campaign. As Elders Kerr and Tait solidified at that meeting...there's about to be a flood!!

Following the meeting, since it was Halloween, we all had fun as a Zone. Fact: when you ask the Lord to provide hilarious moments and to recognize them when you are in need of a good laugh or haven't truly laughed in a while...He will answer your request. So, on a less serious note, I don't even know how I could describe just how funny Friday (Halloween) was. Sister Moore planned a party where she coordinated who brought which "creepy" treats for a lunch, followed by "Minute to Win It" Games. After that, Elder Espinola, as we were cleaning up, took the plastic table cloth and wrapped it around his head, still wearing his party favor fake moustache. As a few of us still had ours as well, we took turns as others placed nearby objects in our arms to be part of the picture. We were dying of laughter! (I even woke up the next day SORE from laughing so hard.) Later that night, right as Sister Jones and I arrived home early for curfew, the Trick-Or-Treaters came. That's why we decided to share the gospel with "every dispensation" as we handed out snacks and candy we've been desperate to get rid of along with pass along cards. For the reminder of the night, we wore our costumes. The end. That was our Halloween for you.
The week concluded with an incredible Stake Conference with Elder and Sister Lawrence. Saturday's Adult session was focused on Hastening the Work of Salvation. On Sunday, there were talks given on faith, having the spirit with us as families, and building faith. Sister Packard spoke on finding opportunities to share the gospel, and President Packard laid down the law on the importance of members coming with us--every member in the ward coming with us at least once a month to do the Lord's work. Sister Lawrence's turn came, during which she spoke on 10 ways to model and direct our families to the temple. 
Elder Lawrence's talk was phenomenal. He started with the quote from the Sound of Music "When the Lord closes a door, somewhere, He opens a window." Elder Lawrence focused on how the principle of compensation is a basic gospel truth. The Lord always remembers the sacrifices we put in, as he pours blessings from heaven in His timing. A few quotes I jotted down were "Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of Heaven; God remembers our sacrifices. As we approach challenges with faith we can overcome them. Setbacks in the kingdom are always compensated. Our trials will make life better, and not bitter."
There's a lot of sacrifice being put forth by every missionary here in the MBM. We are giving up what may be holding us down on the altar of God. There are challenges that come and the work is not easy, but no matter what we face, this principle of compensation is applicable no matter the circumstance. As we give our all in the best ways we can with all our heart, the Lord sees and remembers our efforts. The blessings come forth and great light is revealed in His timing. There is a great spirit of devotion and unity...a spirit of ZION that is happening here. I am grateful to be a part of it.
I know the Lord will continue to compensate for all of the challenges and struggles you face or have faced. Family, I can already see it unraveling for each of us in His ways. It still requires a lot of faith on our part as we continue on, but beauty in the Lord's timing and ways lie ahead.
I love you all. I wish you the best. :)
-Sister Roy


P.S. a great tender mercy happened this morning I knew I needed to share. As I was packing up the extra medications to send home soon, I opened the paper bag of 7-8 bottles or so of my Zenpep digestive Enzymes. Usually these pills are stored in heavy glass bottles, which is why this was one of the medications I was most nervous to send home because the cost would add up!! When I opened the paper bag this morning I picked up from Walgreens a couple days ago and took out the boxes of enzyme bottles, I realized it looked a little different and felt lighter. For the first time...all of the bottles were no longer stored in heavy glass bottles...but all in much lighter plastic bottles produced right by the manufacturer. It may not seem that big of a deal, but this was such a huge, sweet tender mercy from the Lord. He was aware of my concern, as He showed He cares and is there. :)