Monday, October 27, 2014

I Met 2014 Winter Olympic Silver Medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace!

From Ethan: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:32 pm

This week started with a lot of disappointments and frustration with no one being home and not having anything to do, that all changed on Thursday after Elder Baggins (Bagley) and I watched a video during companionship study time. It helped get us into the Spirit! And want to go out and get stuff done!! After that we had some awesome contacts with people, service opportunities and lessons. 

Noelle Pikus-Pace, American Skeleton racer, Silver Medalist in the 2014 Winter Olympics came to Burley for a youth fireside! She and her husband gave some really amazing talks about how the struggles and failures in her racing has shaped them into who they are. Noelle gave some really good insights on what she learned from her crashes and other disastrous events. Here are two stories that I loved!

 The first story is from the World Championship preliminary race in Germany when she was 19 years old.  Because she was young and new to world championship races, her team mates gave her advice about this German track. They told her to look out for different turns in the track telling her they could flip her off her sled. As she approached the starting line she watched a Japanese woman and a Canadian woman both crash on this track. She started down the track already nervous and scared.  Having made it through the first 9 turns, she was approaching turn #10 and recognized it as a full 360 degree turn with 3 "pressures". The pressures are dips in the track designed to bring you up to the roof or down to the bottom of the track. She had the thought, "I'll just go with the flow."  Then she let the pressures bring her up high and down low. To her demise, the third pressure brought her up way too fast.  She crashed into the roof of the track losing her sled and ending her run.  The thing she learned from this run was to avoid the pressures of the world.  Do not go with the flow of society. We need to steer through the evils in this world and keep our focus on the straight and narrow path leading back to our Heavenly Father. 

The second story is of a miraculous Priesthood blessing of healing.  She noticed that the man transporting the sled weighing 65-70 lbs. from the truck to the plane was a little older.  Not wanting him to throw out his back from lifting her sled she quickly cut in front of him and lifted it herself.  Well, you can guess what happened!  She threw out her back, the DAY before her Olympic trials!  The pain was incredibly terrible, she couldn't sit up straight.  With faith that her Lord could heal her to perform her best, she asked her husband for a Priesthood blessing of healing.  The next morning after a terrible night’s sleep with her back still out, she knew she needed to show her faith in the Lord by going to work no matter what the pain. Jogging like a cripple on this track, she was praying in her mind. About five minutes into the run on a random step her back popped back into place and the pain was gone!! WHOOO! She went on to make the Olympic team and win the Silver Medal! The Priesthood Power of God is REAL. I can tell you first hand that I have seen it work in my life and the lives of other. We are so lucky to have the restored gospel in our lives accompanied by the true Priesthood authority and power of God. It's amazing!

I was super lucky and blessed to be able to meet Noelle and her husband. When she was bearing her testimony she asked, "Are there any missionaries here?"  Five minutes late to the fireside, we were way in the back but we raised our hands proudly!  Pointing to us she said, "Look at those servants of the Lord! If you haven't read the Book of Mormon, get one from them and read it! Good job, Elders". Holy smokes! We also got to meet her and get some pictures with her :) I got to hold the Silver Medal, Check it out!!! That definitely made my week :) Check out her story at

-Elder Howard

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