Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My First Story in The FRIEND

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.


Valerie Ipson said...

Congratulations! I had a story in The Friend a few years ago. So fun!I was told it would be in the October issue of a certain year, but it wasn't there. Later I learned it had been bumped by an article by a member of the General Primary board. Without advance warning it was published a year later in October.

Cathy said...

You never know when it's going to show up do you. They told me it would be August of this year, and then my niece commented on face book that she had just read it. Big surprise, but a nice one.

Polly said...

I have a son named Tyler that reminds me a lot of your description of Tom. Tyler is also 18, tall, and very dependable and reliable and just a joy to be around. So, I think it's great you changed his name to Tyler and not something else :)

Marcy said...

It is so exciting to see your own story in the friend! I had two different stories published in the friend a long time ago. Maybe it's about time to try for another one . . .

Canda said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful way to share your talent and your testimony.

Renae W. Mackley said...

Awesome, Cathy! I'm going to have to look it up since we don't get the FRIEND. I'm glad for the heads up about it being a month early as I have a story coming out, as I've been told, in the January 2014 issue. So exciting!

Taffy said...

I'll have to have my children read your story!

Bruce Luck said...

Way to go, Cathy.

Laurel said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read it to my kids.

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