Saturday, February 2, 2013

"After much tribulation come the blessings"

Kiara made this sweet sign for Mom

Dear Friends and Family,

(D&C 58:3,4)
“Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet , cut is nigh at hand.”

We are home and feel so blessed in every way. We recently had our good friend Reverend Tom Albin from the Methodist Church come and speak to our missionaries during a transfer meeting. Sister McKee and I have been meeting with him over the last few months while he has worked to duplicate our missionary program. (By the way he asked one day how we motivate the missionaries to want to do so much. I replied , They are motivated because they know that they have been called by a living prophet , and that is very difficult to duplicate. He smiled and winked and said, “You have a point there.”)
Anyway in his presentation to our missionaries , he complimented them on their dedicated efforts to go out and do something that showed what they believed in. He complimented them for coming out two years and serving in such a dedicated manner. He then taught them that over the next two years they would experience something that was greater than knowledge. He explained that their experience here teaching and inviting others to Christ would be impossible to describe but that they would feel it. It would be absolutely greater than knowledge to them and extremely important for them throughout their whole life. They would reflect on what they had felt over and over. I knew that he was absolutely right. As we experience certain feelings in  life by going through certain challenges our knowledge grows but it is a feeling that is greater than knowledge itself. It comes from the heart.

Over the last 70 days we have and continue to experience something that is greater than knowledge. We wish that we could describe it to you and it would be impossible. What we can say is that we know, that the Savior is in charge, that this is His work , and that He loves us so much but will never take our agency away or our will to choose how to process or handle each situation. As we practice handling each situation the way that the Lord would handle it , our hearts are taught something , “greater than knowledge”, and we will never be the same again.

We love you all and count our relationship with you as heartfelt and something “greater than knowledge” itself. Thank you again for your prayers and your love and your faith.

William McKee family


  1. This is so awesome! What a great example your family has shown the world about how to handle a trial!
    Sheila Lowe

  2. What an amazing miracle that she is home! It is so great to see her up and about and smiling her incredible smile. I am so happy that she is doing so well. You are an amazing family and she is so blessed to have all of you as her family and giving her the support that you do! We love you guys!

  3. This is such a wonderful moment. Thanks so much for the example of how a trial should be handled, with love, faith, and continually trusting in the Savior. I am so glad that RaNae is home among her loving family. Thanks for sharing your family's trial and triumph. Love you all!!!

  4. Wonderful to hear RaNae is home! Thanks for sharing about the minister, too!

  5. I'm doing a little happy dance for you with tears in my eyes!! You look amazing Sister McKee and I'm so thrilled for you and all of your family that you're home. Love you!!

  6. So happy for all of you! What a rock star!!!! I just read in my journal the other day about when I stayed with you in Pocatello. I sure love all of you!

    Philippians 4:13

  7. So wonderful to see you in motion RaNae, we love you so very much. Thank you for your inspiration and dedication! We continue to pray for all of you! LOVE to the whole McKee clan!


    (We did a big family cheer for you from our living room as we watched you cross the finish line, Sister McKee - you'll just have to imagine hearing it)

    Hebrews 12:1
    Love and hugs,
    The Abel Family

  9. Such an amazing journey! I cried when I saw this video... Bill, Ranae- you are both such inspiration and to see this, watch this with you all is heartwarming, hope inspiring, and such a spiritual testiment for all. Thank you for sharing. Much love and continued prayers. Roxanne Witt