Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Huge miracle to report on. Moving to Provo School District form Nebo School District this year has been so challenging. Both of my practicums and my internship were in Nebo School District, so that was where all my experience had been. Provo School District is great, but they do so many things differently from Nebo and it has taken way more adjusting than I ever anticipated. I felt strongly, however, that this school I moved to was where I was supposed to be. Since finding out I have cancer, I have been wondering WHY it was the right thing for me to go through all this hassle of adjusting if I was just going to leave after the first quarter. THIS is why:

I found out that Provo School District offers some of the best benefits for teachers in the nation. Although I will no longer be teaching in Provo District, I will continue to receive 60% of my salary as long as the disability persists. I will also be able to keep 100% of my benefits. I looked at Nebo's benefits just out of curiosity, and I could be interpreting this incorrectly, but it looks like they give you up to 12 weeks UNPAID leave along with benefits. But it's only 12 weeks.... and it's totally unpaid. My heart feels ready to burst. I love it when God tells you to do something and you can see the blessings that result. Some of you skeptics might call it luck. I call it the result of Heavenly Father's love for me, and him showing me that even though I'm about to go through something really hard, he will never leave me without that love and support.


  1. That's Incredible! I can't believe how fortunate you are, and how generous the Provo school district is to provide benefits like this to a brand new teacher. Like you, I'm very humbled to see that some of the prayers we offer today were actually answered months ago when you changed districts.
    Love, Dad

    1. Several years ago Elder Holland gave an apostolic blessing to seminary teachers and staff wherein he told us that the answers to prayers we have not even thought yet to utter were already being taken care of and on the way to us.

  2. A wonderful example of the Lord's hand in your life. This is a huge blessing as you go through a very trying time.

  3. True Blessings. Prayers are really answered. Heavenly Father does have a way of showing us he is there as long as we can see it. You are obviously one of those that can see the blessings even in a hard time.

  4. How wonderful that you will have those benefits. We will all keep on praying for really good things to come to you. Heavenly Father never leaves us alone as long as we trust in Him.

  5. A tender mercy for sure! We love you!

  6. I'm so happy you have such awesome benefits. I just caught up on all the posts. :) You seriously have the most amazing attitude with all of this!

  7. Hi Crystal,

    I met your parents at BYU last week. My daughter Ashley went through treatments and surgery for Osteosarcoma. She was 22 at the time of diagnosis.

    My prayers are with you at this time. What wonderful blessings come from such trials. We also experienced many tender mercies.

    Ashley's treatments and surgery were all done at PCMC because it is a childhood type of cancer and there are specialist there that deal with osteosarcoma. Dr. R. Lor Randall was her surgeon. He's a Sarcoma specialist at the U, PCMC and Huntsman.