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Friday, September 26, 2008

Gospel Truths

Maddie and I take our walks at about the same time every other day. As Fall approaches in full swing, we head out earlier than we used to.

For the last week, we've walked past the same man wearing the same sweater and the same almost sad expression on his face.

He's a member of my Stake Presidency and his wife recently passed away. He's so young still. She died as a result of an automobile accident.

The first time Maddie and I walked by him, she pulled on her leash and growled at him briefly before I pulled her back and corrected her with the squirt bottle. I offered my apologies and he told me I was doing a good job training my dog and continued on.

The second time we passed, she didn't even try to bother him. I smiled at him, even though I don't think he recognizes me from the congregation.

When I see him on my walks, my first instinct is to feel sorry for his loss. And while that is entirely appropriate, I should stop feeling that way. He addressed my congregation and explained that while his grief is immense, his joy is almost equal because he knows their marriage is eternal, and that they will be reunited after death. He's a great example to me and we've never even officially met.

I hope that I see him again tonight. He reminds me to love my husband as much as I can while on this earth, and to make sure I live in such a way that if I leave Kev here for a while by himself he won't worry about where I've ended up.

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Kev, I love you so much I'm going to explode love bits all over you when you get home from work tonight.

1 comment:

  1. What a great reminder of how blessed we are to have this gospel. How blessed we are to have this amazing plan and amazing chance to share it with others. Thank you for reminding me.

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