Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Today is going to be a good day!"

Last Sunday night the phone rang and the voice on the other end said he was calling because he was companions with Elder Valenta and he was wondering how he was.
My mind immediately jumped to young Tim, thinking that it was one of his companions from his mission to Canada several years ago. 

I said, "Well, you know he's married and is living in Tempe, Arizona, right?"

There was silence on the other end of the phone. 

He then said, "I was companions with Jordan in Brazil." 

OH!  I hadn't thought of THAT Elder Valenta! 

I laughed and said, "Well, in that case, Jordan is NOT married and he does NOT live in Arizona!" :)  

Then it all began to make sense....
Elder Wenzel was from Iowa and was companions with Jordan when he was in Ouro Branco, Brazil in June and July 2010.  He said what a great missionary Jordan was and that he liked him a lot.  He said that Jordan had written him a letter and he got it when he got home from his mission in November and he felt bad because he hadn't written him back but that he thought about him often.

Elder Wenzel is now going to school at BYU. He said that on Sunday a girl got up in church to give a talk. She commented on what a nice day it was outside and that when she woke up that morning she knew it was going to be a good day. THAT reminded Elder Wenzel of Jordan because he remembered that Jordan would get up every morning and say, "Today is going to be a good day!  He added that one morning Jordan didn't say it and Elder Wenzel made him say it! :)
It was so nice of Elder Wenzel to call us.  I can't tell you how good it was to know that Jordan was still remembered by one of his former companions. I love it that Jordan holds a special place in the life of another.  That is one of the highest compliments that can be paid -- to be remembered, to be remembered in a positive way. 

Pictures of Elder Valenta and Elder Wenzel in Ouro Branco, Brazil 
June & July 2010     

Jordan and Elder Wenzel from Iowa

Ana Paula Baptism June 2010

"I will make thy name to be remembered..."
Psalms 45:17

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