LDS missionaries meet London teen battling leukemia whom they taught via Skype

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  • Philippine Bonita Sammamish, WA
    Oct. 3, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    Note that the author of the article was a mission president in Phoenix. He follows journalistic style by not involving himself in the story. I'd be interested to know if he had a hand in arranging the surprise wegkend visit for Madeline. @Wif55. It woukd appear this girl had parental sanctioning for contact with the missionaries because her mother had taken her to church (she may be a "child of record") and her father arranged for her to fly across the Atlantic in a private jet for a weekend in SLC.

  • Wilf 55 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 3:42 p.m.

    Great story, but triggers some questions. What happened to her mother, a former Mormon missionary? The topic is passed over in the story, but one wonders. More important: how does the church handle parental permission when a minor starts chatting with missionaries? According to Preach My Gospel, minors need to be taught with their parents or at least with explicit parental agreement. Is that rule being ignored in online missionary work?

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    What are the chances of ever finding two violin-playing young women with the same disease who could help each other through it? So many are afraid of the "evil internet" it is TERRIFIC to see such a miraculous story that couldn't have happened without it. Bravo for those missionaries and the inspired leaders who "hooked them up" electronically.

    Our prayers go out to Madeleine Martineau for a full and complete recovery.

  • CVgal Smithfield, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    Such character, patience, endurance, and love. Way to go -- all of you -- and may Madeleine be blessed to regain her health. Wonderful story.....

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Oct. 1, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    A beautiful story of how technology can be used for good in the modern world.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 1, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    This is an amazing story that brought tears to my eyes! I love the missionary effort that goes beyond the 18 mo./2 yr. limit. These are bonds of friendship and love that will last for eternity. God bless you all as you serve one another and our Heavenly Father on this earth.

    We'll be remembering you, Madeleine, in our prayers!