Tuesday, September 1, 2009

about my bishop and ward

I keep thinking about my bishop today. I have been asked a lot how I am doing and I always say okay... and then tell about my bishop. So, I thought I'd share with all of you... from the beginning on that 1st Monday, he was here. When he walked in the door that day, I think he knew Jordan was gone. He stayed and talked me through this for about 3 hours. He gave me one of the BEST blessings I've ever had. I could feel the spirit soo strong. At the time, I didn't want to believe what he was saying. He blessed me with the power to see into the eternities. He also blessed me to be able to make decisions and to know what's best for me and my children. I will NEVER forget it!

Then, he gave me a wonderful talk at the funeral.

He saved me a seat at Stake Conference. I don't think that's required in being a bishop. He told Mason to go sit by him. Mason was shy at first and said, Brackon come too! Pretty soon, all three... Chany, Mason, and Brackon were in the Bishop's row with his family. The Bishop read Thomas to the boys and Cheryl, the bishops wife, kept Chany entertained. Cheryl, has offered to watch my kids for me every Tuesday for a couple hours. Thank You! I looked up at one time and Mason was pinching the bishop's cheeks and making funny faces!! The boys stayed with the bishop most of stake conference. I was able to sit and listen and was uplifted by the sweet spirit that was there.

After church, my home teachers and the bishop came over and blessed and dedicated my home. Mason was not shy anymore and talked talked talked! We could barely get him to stop so we could say the prayer. I have good home teachers. Jason got right on the kids level and talked to them about the Priesthood and what it means, how their daddy held the priesthood, etc. The bishop gave a a beautiful blessing. I wish the prayer could have lasted forever! He blessed us to have the spirit in our home and that the kids would be able to listen and understand what I taught then. blessed us to be safe! I am so grateful for him. I know he is called of God and is doing a PERFECT job in his calling. After the prayer, Jason,home teacher, asked the kids, can you feel that feeling? That is the spirit... You could feel it SOOO strong.

I am grateful to my ward members, good friends, neighbors, and home teachers. I looked out my window yesterday and my neighbor was trimming my tree. A primary class made me a card and they brought it over with a pretty green plant! Lots of food and yummy dinners! I can't even believe it! Lots of prayers! Thanks sooo much to everyone! I am glad I am a part of a ward family. I miss my hunny, but I am very blessed!



  1. Shelley-
    Thank you so much for the updates, you don't know how much it means to hear from you. I am Andrea Barlow's big sister, and live in Rupert. We are such a little community who knows and loves everybody that when something happens, we all feel it. I was a year older than Jed, so I did not know Jordan like my sister and brother did. I have thought about you non-stop since August 10th, you are in my thoughts and prayers. You take care of that little family of yours and no doubt Jordan will always be close!
    Karrie Barlow Schow

  2. Shell, I am SO glad that you have an awesome bishop and ward family! Oh how it makes a difference in peoples lives! It makes me and I'm sure everyone else that lives far away from you grateful that you and your family are being taken great care of! I LOVE YOU!


  3. Shelley
    I'm sooo glad to hear your post, hear your positive outlook and your closeness to the spirit. you have no idea what an example you are, such a strength, to me and those reading.. you make me cry every time I read this!!! You are in my prayers all the time and thinking about you.
    Wendy Robinson

  4. Shelley I wasn't going to cry today...but I love your post. I'm grateful to your ward and bishop also!! We are so blessed to have the gospel in our lives, so blessed to have the priesthood, the Holy Ghost and WONDERFUL friends, ward family and your Bishop. I really enjoyed his talk at the funeral, it was so good!
    I love ya, sis!!

  5. Oh Shel,
    I love that Bishop.
    I love him for having watch care over you.
    I love that his good example is now blessing all our lives as we try to follow his good example as he shows us how to follow the example of the Savior.

  6. Shelley,
    I just wanted you to know that I have thought of you everyday and have looked at the blog alot. TO see how you are doing I can't believe how amazing and strong you are. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated Jordan coming to our home and visiting us every month when we were in the ward. He was truly amazing .
    Amanda Cowley

  7. Oh Shelley! You are amazing! Your faith and sweet, powerful testimony continues to strengthen mine. I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say that you've strenthened "a multitude" of people! What a blessing to have such a wonderful ward family. Just want you to know that we love you and your sweet babies and we're thinking of you.
    Love you, Kabree & David

  8. Shelley
    Thank you for lifting us up. You always make us feel so much better. We love and appreciate you and your family.
    Prayers and love from
    Ron and Cheryle Hahn

  9. Shelley,
    I know we don't know each other that well, but I want you to know I love you as a sister. I am so grateful for the gospel, and it sounds like you have a wonderful ward family. Remember that a huge part of the reason they are treating you so amazing is because they LOVE YOU so much, and they loved Jordan, because of who you guys are and always have been. You continue to be in my prayers and thoughts daily. If I can ever help in any way, I'm just the next city over. :) Michelle 801.830.0729

  10. Shelley,

    You are an inspiration to us. I don't know how Jodi or I could never express how grateful we are to know you and see your example. We love you. We are so glad you are our sister!

    Chris and Jodi

  11. Hey Shell,
    I can't tell you how many times we have prayed for you and how many nights I have stayed awake wondering how we can help you. I feel so helpless. Shell, I just want to be right by your side. I hate to see you hurting. After reading this post I have to say it is really comforting to hear the love and support everyone is giving. Thank you so much. I don't know what we would do without the gospel, family and friends. I am so proud to be your sister.
    Love you

  12. Shelley,

    I want you to know that you are such a great example to Shane and I. We have thought and prayed for you everyday. Your strength and love for the gospel is such an inspiration for us and we will continue to include you and your children in our prayers. I am so glad that you have such a wonderful ward family. It seems that they are really helping to ease your burdens. I am grateful that we have the gospel and that our perspectives are eternal.


    Cassie and Shane O.

  13. shelley-
    i don't know if you remember me, i am ryan's sister mindy's sister in law i have been following this blog from day one and i want you to know we still pray for you and your sweet family you are an amazing person and i don't even know you very well i appreciate your posts they are so such a testimony builder, i am so glad you have a great ward you have touched my life with your strength your children are beautiful i hope you have a good day!
    love charlyn robertson darrington