On Sunday we had the opportunity to listen to Anthony Cronin report his mission in our ward. It was amazing!! In his talk he shared a sweet story about listening to the spirit. This experience happened right after Chili had just experienced a terrible earthquake and they kept having blackouts. As a companionship they were getting ready to leave their apartment for the day when the spirit told him he should put his flashlight in his backpack. He ignored the prompting and again the thought came to him to put his flashlight in his backpack and a second time he ignored the prompting and off they went. They had finished their appointments and lessons and were headed home that evening when the town experienced a blackout which left him and his companion on the street totally in the dark. He shared how the spirit will prompt us at times to do "simple things" and how disappointed he was in himself for not listening. We got home from church and had a visit from our Home Teachers. Nate was asked to give the closing prayer and was acting all shy so Tim was helping him. Tim was trying to get him to close his prayer when Nate told Tim that he wasn't done and to wait. He paused and then said "Help Bubba to remember to put his flashlight in his backpack so when he's outside and it's dark he won't be scared"!! My heart was overflowing. It was one of those WOW moments that mom's love to experience!! I was thrilled that he was actually listening in church and it reiterated to me how much he LOVES and WORRIES about his big brother. I love these moments!! I am so grateful for a missionary son and the blessings that are coming to our family through his service. The influence of a brother is an amazing thing! I LOVE my boys!!