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Personal Life Journal — January 2020

  • January 2020 — I want to remember an event that stunned all of us who were aware of it.  On a given day at the Riverwoods Surgical Center, a certain surgeon took a break in the middle of his operating schedule to hold a meeting in the conference room at our center.  This meeting was to sign closing documents on a business loan and on the purchase of a medical office building.  This surgeon will be moving his practice to this new facility in a few months, and he chose to hold the business meeting in our surgical center, and he chose to do it in such a way that all of us that were doing his surgical cases that day sat and cooled our heels while he met with his financial people.  To finalize the move to the new building in our building was disingenuous and tactless, in my opinion.  To add insult to injury, his wife had brought a bottle of champagne with which their group toasted the new venture.
  • January 2020 — We received a sweet email from one of our great missionary friends that we served with in Hawera, Elder McKay Butler.  We love him dearly.  Here is the message he sent: “I have had incredible spiritual experiences these last two days. Some of the thoughts I have had came from a message by Sister Christensen, wife of Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Seventy.  She said our Savior and Heavenly Father have given us so much. This life is a gift. Repentance and forgiveness are gifts. Our temple sealing is a gift. Our gift to them will occur when we stand before them one day, when we (my wife and I) can say with confidence that we, through the atonement of Jesus Christ, have been made clean. We have been transformed. And we are ready to come home.  I hope you understand that you and Sister Taylor have played a huge role in my journey to understand the gospel, and come to know my Savior! For that, I am so grateful!  Much love, Elder McKay Butler.”  No comment necessary!

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