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.
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?
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.
Such character, patience, endurance, and love. Way to go -- all of you -- and
may Madeleine be blessed to regain her health. Wonderful story.....
A beautiful story of how technology can be used for good in the modern world.
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!