October 17, 2012
We worked the Joseph Smith Farm this morning and had the privilege of taking a young woman and her mother on a tour. The young woman was in her early 20s, in a wheelchair, and when we asked her what brought her to Palmyra she replied, "This is on my bucket list." I looked at her mother and she had tears in her eyes. Needless to say, my heart broke. Alisha is dying with lung cancer; any exertion and she goes into a coughing spasm that about takes her breath away. But she was determined to see everything. We arranged to take her to the log home and frame home via a golf cart. In the log home there are steep stairs leading to the bedroom where the angel Moroni appeared to Joseph. She was determined to go up. With Lee in front and her mom behind her, she made it upstairs. The church has special wheelcairs that can be used in the Sacred Grove; her mother was able to push her through the grove without difficulty. She is a remarkable young woman with a strong testimony of the restored gospel. I am so thankful we had this opportunity to meet Alisha and feel her spirit.