Miracles Happen: The Story of Ron and John

the rest of the storyI told a miracle story, several years ago, thinking it “was the rest of the story,” but eternity is funny that way. Life continues and will continue forever. Ron’s and John’s story is an example of just how eternal eternity really is.

The original story can be read here, but I’d like to tell you more of this story, and what it really means to me, even though I now believe it is far from over. The rest of the story will surely continue, as all of our own personal stories will.

 

As you’ll read in the original story, Ron passed away at a very good time in his very sad life. His hope can become our hope, especially as we ponder this Christmas season and what the Savior’s birth really means for each one of us.

John recently completed his own life’s mission while spending most of his life confined to a wheelchair. I can’t thank him enough for his generous happiness that filled my own soul every time I ran into him. In fact, the last time we saw him, he was getting his nails painted in celebration for the July 4th holiday. Yea, that was John.

What we learned later was that after being baptized, he set his sites toward the temple. He couldn’t do it alone, but with the help of loving friends, and a ward mission leader who fulfilled his calling with true devotion, John received his own temple recommend.

nativityTwo days later, he had a stroke that put him in a coma he would never wake up from. After spending most of his life in a body that was almost completely useless, and working so hard in spite of it to overcome the fear of getting baptized, why would God do that? My thoughts have settled on what I believe. Now John has a spirit body that he can run and jump and dilly-dally in, free from pain. He is free forever from the confines of his earthly prison. He was so afraid of how he could possibly be baptized; I can imagine he was even more than fearful of the difficulty anticipated in going through the temple to receive his own endowment. Now, someone else can go through for him as he painlessly watches. As I ponder these thoughts, I think just how merciful God really is.

Life is full of many things we don’t understand. But if we just wait for a while something will unfold before us that becomes more precious than simply getting our way when we thought we wanted it. God works in a mysterious way, His WONDERS to perform.

This Christmas season, I invite everyone to read the story of Ron and John. Then may we sit back and take a hard look at all of our frustrations, weaknesses, and disappointments. I think you’ll see them in a new light, one that may not feel so heavy. Jesus Christ brings light into our lives if we let Him. Ron and John found that light. And we can too.

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Jan Tolman

Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

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Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.