Once upon a time there was an elderly woman who continually checked her mailbox. Every day, she was disappointed that she failed to get any mail (despite the fact that her mailbox was three times as big as the one next to it.) Finally, one day, she got a letter. But alas, the shock of it killed her.
Meanwhile, her granddaughter was struggling with the fact that everyone saw her as ugly. But this all changed when a man offered the unheard-of sum of eight cows for her hand in marriage. She was so happy that she painted a leaf that made it appear that an otherwise barren tree continued to have one leaf, hanging on, which saved the life of a little girl.
Shortly thereafter, this young girl was in an accident. Her brother agreed to donate blood to save her, even though he thought that would cause his death. He was surprised to survive. But he later had a tragic ending, after climbing off a school bus and collapsing in the snow.
This particular school bus was driven by an older woman who had once escorted a group of senior citizens to Temple Square. While they were there, they saw the ghostly figure of an older man dreaming that he was conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. When the woman later went blind, she lamented, “but I’ve been the good one.”
This woman had a nephew who had gone astray, and now spent his time with evil teenagers who, among other things, sang about the dangers of overpopulation. He also failed to wear a life jacket on a rafting activity, causing him to nearly drown. This situation was made even more precarious by the fact that there were crocodiles lurking. Fortunately, he survived. On his flight home, he found himself sitting in front of a General Authority, who was having a heated conversation with Mick Jagger.
This particular plane was packed with a group of youth. These were not ordinary youth; they had been generals in the War in Heaven. One of them had had a near-death experience as a young child, and reported that she had seen a vision of birds in cages. Another had nearly died after compassionately carrying a snake down a mountain, only to be bitten. “You knew what I was when you picked me up,” it admonished. The boy survived by singing “I’ll Build You a Rainbow” until he was rescued.
This boy then went on a journey to find the friend from the premortal life whom he had promised to teach the gospel. He accidentally wandered into the desert. When he was nearly dying of thirst, he encountered a pump. But he ignored the note which instructed him to prime the pump, which ultimately led to his untimely demise.
What would you add to this story?
- 12 March 2013