Just received these new pictures from Jordan. They are of her and “her girls” at the orphange.
This has been a very life changing experience for Jordan. In the 4 short ( well not so short) weeks that she has been in Peru, she has seen and experienced things that will forever change who she is. This has not been an easy thing for her to do. For anyone that knows her, you know she is a homebody and a little bit of a momma and daddy’s girl. She loves to be home and loves to be with her “Charlie” She has experienced homesickness to a new level. She has experienced hard work, difficult condiditions, difficult people and been faced with plans that changed daily and were not what she had expected nor been promised.. The option of coming home early was discussed and I know how good that must have sounded at the time. After a very tearful and prayerful night, she and Lexie and Cait decided that they would stay and finish out thier obligations. This was done on thier own and we told them we would support them no matter what they ended up doing. I know this was a very difficult decision. They decided that even if the sitiuation was not what had been promised, they could make a difference, no matter how small.
Little did they know that they had already made a huge difference in their own lives just by making this decision. It was amazing how the doors were opened to them for wonderful experiences when they made the choice to stay. When the decision was made, they were in, ALL THE WAY, not just testing the water.
They have loved the girls at the orphanage and have been touched by the children at the special needs school. They may not speak the same language, but if you look at these picutres you will see that all that matters is love.
President Kimball, stated
Service to others deepens and sweetens this life while we are preparing to live in a better world. It is by serving that we learn to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves! In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves!”
—Spencer W. Kimball, “Speaks Out on Service to Others”, New Era, Mar. 1981, 47
I have seen this change in Jordan and I know she will come back a spirit more polished and will have found herself in this sevice. It is sometimes hard to watch your children struggle, but I have learned many lessons along with Jordan and one is that they need these trial to help them reach the potential that they have been blessed with. I have grown along with her and am so proud of her and her desire to always be of service to others.