Matt and Mandy

“Matt and Mandy,” Friend, November 2019

Matt and Mandy

Friend Magazine, 2019/11 Nov

Illustrations by Matt Sweeney

Matt’s about to have surgery on his broken arm. Dad and Brother Johnson gave him a priesthood blessing.

Thanks for coming on such short notice, Tyrell.

I’m glad you asked me.

A few hours later—

Is the surgery over already?

Yes, and the doctor says everything went fine. We’ll be able to take you home today.

At school the next week—

Yeah, I was climbing a tree when a branch snapped! I was lucky something stopped my fall.

What was it?

The ground!

Two weeks later at Thanksgiving dinner, Matt tells what he’s grateful for—

… and that my fall wasn’t worse … and that I learned I can do hard things … and for doctors and nurses, and priesthood blessings … and …

I’m grateful that my eating arm wasn’t injured.