It is with many mixed emotions I write this post today. Jakob came home early from his mission last night because of some issues with depression and anxiety. First, I would like to say that as a family we will always be grateful for and we love President and Sister McArthur. I look forward to the day I can personally give them a hug for loving Jakob as they have. We will always be in their debt for their care and concern.
It was so good to see Jakob!
Yes, Kate got to him before I did. No one is surprised by that. I decided it probably wasn't a good time to shove the 5 year old to the ground.
It does feel very good to have everyone back together.... even if it is a little earlier than we planned.
I am also very grateful for an inspired stake president and bishop. The bishop came to our house to greet Jakob and give him a hug after we had been home for only 15 minutes or so. Not long after the stake president came and stayed for an hour visiting with Jakob and us. I wanted to share some of the thoughts the stake president shared with us. First, Jakob returned with an honorable release. The stake president requested Jakob report to the high council and also give a report in sacrament meeting. Then, he shared a few scriptures with us.
Jacob 4:10: "Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works."
Only the Lord knows why Jakob needed to come home at this time. As devastating as this is for Jakob, we trust the Lord and Heavenly Fathers plan. We are so grateful for all of the good friends and family that have expressed love and concern for our family and especially for Jakob. Your prayers are appreciated and have been felt. There is much power in calling down the angels of heaven to support us in our trials.