Friday, November 25, 2011

What Lizzy has learned since her stroke

Lizzy was asked to give a talk in Sacrament Meeting last week. This is her talk, just as she wrote it.

As you know, I turned twelve last month. As litle as I wanted to, my Dad assigned me a talk. When he was released from the Branch Presidency, I though I got out of it, but the order still stood.  I was assigned to give a talk on having faith through trials. As you all know, I had a stroke in March and these are some of the things I've learned the last few months.

First, I've learned to have confidence in myself. When I look back at how I was in March and how I am now, it really surprises me at how far I've recovered. Before I was laying down in a bed and I couldn't even roll over. Now, I can't do cartwheels, but I couldn't do them before the stroke, so it really doesn't even matter. I learned to have self confidence because of how much I recovered. If I recovered that much, I can still do a little bit more, whether by my physical therapist's order, or mine.

Second, trials brought me closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I remember laying in the ambulence and thinking, "I can just make it through." Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ helped me make it through and are still  helping me. Whenever it gets tough, I pray for faith and the strength to keep going.

And the final thing I learned is to never take life for granted. When you've come this close to death, you'll understand. Before I was just your average kid, now I relize that I'm special.

I want to close this talk with my testimony that I know this church is true and that Heavenluy Father has helped me through all the many wonderful and terrible times in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1 comment: