on a literal odyssey
A touching, true Christmas story of two people I know personally (warning, have a tissue handy).
On December 26, 2012, professional photographer, Robert A. Boyd wrote this:
Nearly six months ago, just prior to a photo trip, Eleah sold her wedding rings and surprised me with the money for a badly needed, new camera. I don’t know of any “thing” that meant more to Eleah than her wedding ring, but as this trip was to extensively photograph a number of new temples, she decided it would be worth the sacrifice to make sure I had the new camera.
There is not a way to explain all of the reasons, the meaning, and the growth, for it was more than just the need to find the money, it was also spiritual journey for Eleah. A way to show her love, dedication, and support to both me, the Lord, and the work we do involving temple art for people’s homes.
Miraculously, this Christmas Eve, a package was anonymously delivered to me…I was so emotionally struck that later when I met up with Eleah she thought something must be wrong, so I had to tell her something wonderful had happened, and I would have an announcement in the morning about something someone had done for us.
Christmas morning Eleah opened that package, and inside were her wedding rings, the exact same rings. When she sold the rings, I knew that someday I could buy her a new one, but it would never have the meaning of her original rings. After years of her countless sacrifices for me and my work, how grateful I am as her husband that someone has, I believe, expressed gratitude to Eleah for her contribution, recognized her part in this work, and made this amazing gesture to show how she matters. So many emotions. We are so blessed! It has been the most amazing Christmas ever.
Watch the video below to see Eleah’s reaction:
I am in total awe of Eleah’s willingness to sacrifice one of her most treasured possessions to support her husband and her family. What an amazing example of faith! I am reminded of a quote by Jeffrey R. Holland:
“To give ourselves totally to another person, as we do in marriage, is the most trusting step we take in any human relationship. It is a real act of faith—faith all of us must be willing to exercise. If we do it right, we end up sharing everything—all our hopes, all our fears, all our dreams, all our weaknesses, and all our joys—with another person.
“No serious courtship or engagement or marriage is worth the name if we do not fully invest all that we have in it and in so doing trust ourselves totally to the one we love. You cannot succeed in love if you keep one foot out on the bank for safety’s sake. The very nature of the endeavor requires that you hold on to each other as tightly as you can and jump in the pool together. In that spirit, and in the spirit of Mormon’s plea for pure love, I want to impress upon you the vulnerability and delicacy of your partner’s future as it is placed in your hands for safekeeping—male and female, it works both ways.” Jeffrey R. Holland, How Do I Love Thee?
Robert and Eleah are such humble people that they would never make a sales pitch for themselves, but I will! Please check out Robert’s amazing photography by clicking here.