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What of the

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びを分かち合う

Sharing the Joy

 

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Editors Note: I received  this story from Ed Fillmore, my brother, on 10 April 2014. I love and admire this good man pictured below. He and his wife, Judy, are now now serving as missionaries at the Washington D.C. Temple. He loves people and can talk to anyone. I have learned so many good things from him.

This story begins over 40 years when I was a student at Texas A&M University in College Station.  One Sunday, one of the Church leaders gave me a note about a new member of our ward.  He was a student at the university and his mother in Houston had asked us to contact him. His name was Carey Hausman.  I called him, confirmed his address, and told him I would pick him up for priesthood meeting at 9:00 on Sunday morning.  

When I came by, he was ready, dressed in a suit and tie.  He was slender, handsome and of about average build.  His hair was quite long.  It came down past his shoulders.  It was well-kept, beautiful hair that any young lady would have been proud to own.  He seemed to be glad to be at church, so he agreed to come again.  I became his home teacher and Judy was my companion.  In due time I learned that he was married.  

His wife, Cheryl, knew nothing about the Church, let alone know that she was married to a member of any church.  He liked animals and was working for a veterinarian and trying to get into the veterinary school at the university.   

After a few months living in a small, cramped apartment in town, Carey and Cheryl decided to move out to an old house they had found in the country. It was about 15 miles away, but still within the ward.  They wanted a place where they could have animals.  

I said I was sure the elders quorum would help them get started in their new place.  I think he was a bit skeptical that men who didn't really know him would be so helpful.  Some members moved things out to the "new" house.  One of the elders who had a pickup truck spent a large part of his Saturday driving to Houston to pick up beds and furniture.  We met Carey's mother in Houston.  She was so nice and so appreciative for what we were doing for her son.  Members even donated used tables and chairs to furnish the house.  I am sure that this small service project impressed the Hausmans--that people would give time and resources to help them.  

So Judy and I visited them at their "country estate."  I do remember they had a goat and a dog named Cincinnati or "Cincy."  On one of our visits, we were talking about our temple marriage for time and eternity.  Cheryl asked how she and Carey could have such an opportunity.  I replied, "Well, first you would have to get baptized."  She was so humble and teachable that she said something like, "How do I do that?"  We told her about the missionary discussions and she agreed to be taught.  After the lessons, she agreed to be baptized.  I think Carey baptized her.

In the meantime, Carey was called as my Assistant Scoutmaster, but Brother Young of the bishopric told him he would first have to sacrifice his hair.  He asked Judy to cut it for him.  She said she had never cut off so much, but Carey said he didn't care, so she cut it and he looked really good.

We moved to Montreal soon after that, but found out that Carey did get into and graduate from vet school.  He and Cheryl were sealed in the temple.  They had ten children.  Nearly all of the boys have served missions. Most of the family members now live in and around Tomball, Texas.  One son, however, lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where his wife is studying landscape architecture at Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University.

Last week I was at the recommend desk when Will and Alex Hausman presented their recommends to me.  I recognized the name and asked if they were related to the Hausmans from Texas.  What a joy to find out that Will is Carey and Cheryl Hausman’s son.  

Alex said she was converted by Will.  We talked briefly and then they went upstairs, where Alex found Judy.  She asked, "Can I hug you?"  Then she thanked her for giving her a husband and a church.  It is also amazing for me to contemplate how hundreds of people have been blessed through the missionary service of the Hausmans.