Establishing a home in the mountains was not easy, but it is very rewarding. We have friends who believe in the same things we do, and more importantly, we are free to live how we want to live. Our children can now live free and they have friends who also believe that all people should be free to live according to the dictates of their own consciences.
We see the influence of God everywhere in our lives and experience the awesomeness of His power. I would like to share another experience where the power of God is manifest here on Earth. The water for our little farm is provided by a shallow well. 2 years ago, when all the snow was melting in the spring, the water started to smell bad, then it started to taste bad and we could no longer use it for drinking or cooking. Some rats had gotten into the well and drowned and were rotting and poisoning the water. We could still use the water for the animals, but it was not safe for us to drink, so we had to start hauling our water from somewhere else. We cleaned up anything we thought may be contaminating the water, but it stayed bad. JR went out to the well with some salt and performed a cleansing ordinance, just like Elisha (2 Kings 2:19-22). The water immediately improved, but still had a faint odour. JR went back out to the well but this time he took the older children with him. He told them the story of Elisha purifying the water had them witness as he performed the cleansing ordinance again. The water was immediately purified and was safe to drink and tasted good from that day forward (and to this day). We even sent a sample of the water to a laboratory to be tested, and it passed with flying colours. To see JR exercise the power of God is one of the greatest blessings in my life.
While it is still just JR & I, we have a deep longing to bring more wives into our family and have our family grow. I see the incredible love that my friends who practice this principle have and I desperately want this for my family. We have been patiently waiting for many years to meet someone who wants the same thing and I have finally found a friend who wants to join our family. I do not want to go into too many details out of respect for her privacy, but I am very happy to say that she and JR are engaged and we are working on the wedding plans.