I am so excited, I was told my story would be coming out in August, but here it is in the July issue. 'A Big Wind and A Small Voice' is on page 8. I got a funny call a few months back from one of the editors asking me if it would be okay if they change the name of the main character in the story. When I asked why, they said that there is a story about 'Tommy Monson' just before my story and they didn't want kids getting confused when my stories main character is a Tommy as well. So I changed my Tom to Tyler. Now the story is about Tyler, Brad and Adam.
I kept my kids real names in the story. I wondered if Tom would be sad that his name was changed, but he's 18 now and he said, "It's all good,". He's kind of easy going that way.
The story is about a burst of wind that blew down a forty foot box elder in our back yard when the boys were in elementary school. Tom listened to the still small voice and moved from the monkey bars just before they got crushed by the tree. Now Tom is a tree. At 6 foot 7 inches, he tall in many ways. He is one of the most reliable, dependable kids I know. I'm so grateful to be his mom.
Another fun thing about this issue is that my cousin Elder Randal K. Bennett of the Seventy has a story in it as well. It's kind of a family issue. The story is called, 'He Gives the Best Answers'. Lauren Mortensen wrote the story after an interview with Elder Bennett.
I hope you enjoy the fun stories in this issue of the FRIEND. Maybe you will have a story there some day.