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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Update--Thursday, Jan 19, 3:30 p.m.

Joseph had a wonderful experience last evening when Elder Richard G. Scott http://www.lds.org/newsroom/biography/0,15609,3959-1----47,00.html came to visit him. Elder Scott was so humble, warm, and gracious, it was a wonderful uplift. Joseph asked for a priesthood blessing, what a sweet experience. Dad anointed and Elder Scott pronounced a powerful blessing. Joseph said he felt the power and influence of it throughout his whole body. There were several things mentioned that were almost word for word from Joseph’s patriarchal blessing. We read that blessing afterward and underlined the parts that were the same. The spirit was so tangible and remained for a long time after. There have been so many times during this ordeal that have been so filled with Peace and the love of the Savior, that we all know that Heavenly Father is mindful of us all and especially Joseph. We are perfectly assured that He will allow Joseph to accomplish everything in life He is meant to do. We are so grateful for your prayers and kindness.

Joseph had a good night Wednesday, and his fever came down quite a bit. They are ready to move him to the Rehabilitation Center at L.D.S. Hospital as soon as space becomes available, probably in the next couple of days. He is so anxious to get going and making some progress. The staff showed Mom and Dad some things they can do to help him start exercising his shoulder and arm muscles.

Matt Blanchard, a former member of the Stake, came into the ICU with a broken back from an accident on Tuesday. The family saw Tim and asked him to give Matt a blessing. Matt’s surgery went well yesterday and he and Joseph are planning to challenge each other in Rehab. Matt has some follow up surgery today, but has feeling in his legs and things look very positive. Tim going ahead with a previously scheduled fireside tonight with a stake Relief Society group who asked him to talk about the Atonement. His title is “The Solution to All of Your Problems”. He feels so strongly about the subject, especially this week, there is no way he would decline. Here is a link to the resource material from his talk if you are interested: http://josephtaggart.eschaefer.net/Downloads/tabid/55/Default.aspx

6 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

Wow! Joe that is so awsome, I'm so glad that you were able to receive that blessing and feel comfort from it. I know that you will be able to accomplish anything you want. You are such an amazing person, always remember that!

Jan 19, 2006, 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger Hedgee said...

Joe, you'll do great in rehab! Glad to hear that the Spirit is there with you. You and your family are amazing! Such great examples of people living the Gospel, and getting blessed for it. I know Heavenly Father is watching over you and will give you everything that you need. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Love Helen Cottrell

Jan 19, 2006, 4:56:00 PM  
Blogger Willicombes said...

This seems so selfish but I am personally being so uplifted by this experience! Of course I would have it that Joseph and the Taggarts would never have had to go through this you understand! But I am really grateful to the people who started this blog because it gives me a boost every day.

Anyway, the Willicombes are thinking and praying for you Joe.

Would love to get access to that talk too.

Jan 19, 2006, 5:34:00 PM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

So encouraging about Elder Scott! What a wonderful experience.

I want to volunteer to help with the weblink, but I'm sick! Waaaa! If there's anything I can do over the phone, let me know.

Jan 19, 2006, 6:35:00 PM  
Blogger Stephanie (Record) Davis said...

I am so happy for you! I want you to know that I am always pryaing for you and I will fast for you as well! Your name will always in the temple. Take care. Let us know when your up to visitors.
Stephanie Davis(Record)

Jan 20, 2006, 5:49:00 AM  
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