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
I am Loretta..wife to Tim and mom to 6 great kids. Tim (the younger), Andrew, Jordan, Jacob, Abigail and Annah and mother-in-law to Lisa and McKenna and grandmother to two grandsons, August Samuel born in September 2015 and Mackson Timothy David born in March 2016!
Tim and I have been married for 31 years and have lived in central Kentucky for over 20 years. Cancer invaded our lives in December 2008 when Tim was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer but in spite of it, we are still a happy and thriving family! I am grateful for my life, all we have come through, all we are going through and all that is yet to come because I believe, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."