Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Life is Beautiful

I am feeling solemn as I write this. Our ward has had another death—this time it was one of our Young Men. He was suffering from severe depression and it had only worsened the last 2 months. His mother did everything she could, including home schooling. He had actually begun to show a turn around.

During his funeral, our bishop encouraged every person present to enjoy life. The sound of a baby’s laugh. The smell of flowers. The warmth of an embrace. The joy of a smile. As he said this, I cried because this young man lost his chance to experience the joys of serving a mission, marrying in the temple, having a family and holding his babies as they are born, along with many more pleasures this life has to offer. But he is in a happier place.

On Sunday, the topic was on the Plan of Salvation. I am ever grateful for Christ’s love for me and how He sacrificed His life so that I can live with my Heavenly Father again.

In times of darkness, when all seems lost and impossible—remember to hold tight to the iron rod. We are truly loved and blessed by our Father in Heaven and never, ever are alone. If we could only view ourselves as He does, we would stand in awe every moment of the day.

To David


  1. I cried just reading this. My prayers go out to the young mans friend and family. It is hard to lose loved ones no matter their age, but to know the great joys that are missed when one dies so young is painful as well.

  2. What a tragedy. This life IS hard, but I know it is worth it. I know Heavenly Father loves us, and I can imagine how His heart must have broken seeing one of his children suffering. And now He must feel sorrow for the parents of that child. Just pain and sorrow all around. ((hugs)) Liz. I know you have a big heart and you feel these losses deeply. God bless the family and all those that cared for that young man.

  3. Oh, Lizzie. What a beautiful soul you have. Forgive me for not seeing it--not so clearly as I do now. I am filled with love for you. Thank you for sharing your heart, so full and wide.

    About the young man who passed on, we never can know the depths and scars upon the human heart. Only God knows and sees and loves us anyway. There are caverns so dark that for some, we cannot find a way out. Sometimes, we give in. I trust and know a loving God who rescues us from those dark places--even if it happens after death. I know this young man found his haven and with one touch, all those darknesses were swept away.

  4. Amber, Ali, Laura, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving your thoughts. I really appreciate them.

    I haven't been getting on the internet as much as I had lately because I was spending way too much on it and lost sight of my family. It made me sad, but I will still come on once in a while to say hi!



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