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.