Monday, February 7, 2011

Elder Brown turns 20 and what a Celebration We had!

Last week Jordan was unable to use a computer that worked efficiently. He only had enough time to print off the emails sent from his family and friends and then send a one liner-pretty much saying "I'm good, my mission is sweet and I promise to write more next week!" As a mother of a missionary, just those few words brought me comfort and peace. Knowing that he is safe, he loves his mission and that I can look forward to more then 15 words next week was a relief. It would get me through another seven days until his next P-day! Little did I know that we would receive a special blessing on Tuesday, February 1 Jordan's birthday! I received a call while driving home from work, about 3:00 PM. I did not recognize the phone number so picked it up and was pleasantly surprised to hear the voice of Sister Adams, from Frisco Texas. Jordan lives with his missionary companion, Elder Bezona, in their home. She introduced herself and said that she had just returned from a trip the night before and finally met Elder Brown. She said she had heard such wonderful things from her husband about their new Elder and could not wait to meet him in person. She said that she was informed by Elder Bezona that it was going to be Jordan's birthday on Tuesday. In that the Adam's family also have a son serving a mission at this time in Florida they are well aware of the missionary rules. She asked if perhaps they could call our house that evening around 6:00 PM and we could join in singing happy birthday to Jordan and although he would be unable to talk to us, each of us could say something to him on his special day on speaker phone. I was filled with gratitude for Sister Adams thoughtfulness and was overcome with emotion and cried tears of gratitude and joy all the rest of the way home. I told her I would get ahold of all the family and that we would gather and be ready for the celebration later that evening. Josh, Ashley and Paisley arrived; followed shortly by Jeremy, Amanda and Brooklyn. I also invited the Gochis family. Julie and Jaycee were able to come and celebrate with us. Around 6:15 PM the phone rang. Sister Adams shared information with us about Jordan and the Dallas, Texas Mission. It was so helpful. The weather this winter in Texas has been extremely cold compared to what they are used to. Jordan's birthday week was pretty much spent in the house as there was so much ice on the roads the Mission President did not feel it was safe for the Missionaries to be out working. She told us a little about the area, their family and how happy they were to have Jordan in their home. We then listened as Brother and Sister Adams said they were lighting the candles on the birthday cake they had for him. Then from Plain City Utah and Frisco Texas together we sang Happy Birthday to our very favorite missionary, Elder Jordan Andre Brown. Then each of us took a turn sharing a birthday message to Jordan. It was an emotional time for all of us but we so appreciated the opportunity. Sister Adams said Jordan was smiling from ear to ear as he listened to our voices express our love to him. Johnny asked if Jordan had his Superbowl tickets in hand! We could hear the laughter over that one! Josh reminded Jordan that he had only one more birthday to go until he would be coming home. Paisley told Uncle Jordan "Happy Birthday" and "make a wish when you blow out your candles" and "I miss you". Little Brooklyn (10 month old niece)smiled sweetly while breathing heavily into the phone and we knew she was sending him all her love! The rest of us all had a turn as well. We had the chance to tell him we loved him, keep up the good work, we are so proud of you and we will continue to send letters and packages to sustain you! The time seemed to fly by, but the memory of sharing his birthday with him will stay in our hearts forever. Thank-you to the Adam's family. There simply are not enough words to express our gratitude for making this a birthday we will always remember. Happy Birthday Jordan! Your family loves you so incredibly much and we know that this year will be filled with wonderful experiences that you will always cherish and remember.

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