Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sister Hebert and Sister Covington

I still don't know much about either of these sweet sisters. You can't tell from the picture, but they are both in wheelchairs. Sister Hebert, on the left, has a bit of Alzheimer's, but her daughter brings her, more like drops her off, most of the time. She's rather quiet but participates in Relief Society. She sings the hymns and reads when called on. Although her last name is the same as the Branch President's they aren't related. That's about all I've learned about Sister H. And my knowledge of Sister Covington, on the right, isn't much greater.

Sister C is so faithful and is always here unless there's no one to pick her up. She has a strong testimony though only a member for eight years. Today she bore her testimony and shared a bit more insight about herself. One day, eight years ago, she was watching TV when a commercial came on called "On the Way Home." (I'm pretty sure she was referring to the video produced over 20 years ago about a young girl's concern for a friend that led her to a change of heart. The video introduces doctrine taught in the first missionary discussion relating to the Savior, the purpose of life and the Restoration.)

So Sister C called the number on the screen to get the video, was asked if 2 missionaries could bring it to her, and she agreed. Within a short period of time she was baptized and has been faithful ever since. At the time of her baptism she was asked if she was scared of the water and being in a wheelchair. No way! She'd been scared when she was run over by a train and lost her legs! Nothing scares her anymore. She says there's a reason that she's here--"God saved her for a purpose." Oh my goodness. Such a faithful soul! About that time my challenges all but vanished.

A few more observations on this dear woman. She brings her large print hymnbook every week and sings pretty much every word of every hymn even though Sister Harris says she's almost blind and can't read. I sat next to her in RS this morning as she sang every word of every verse to "I Need Thee Every Hour" with her book turned to a blank page! Sister C, someday you'll hear the Savior say to you, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!

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