Monday, March 26, 2012

together forever

It was two weeks ago Sunday, we were just home from church. I had made the kids mac n' cheese. Aaron was slicing up apples. The phone rang.

He wanted Aaron and I both on the line so we went into a bedroom to better hear the caller. As we listened to what was being said to us, each sentence was filled with more unbelievable news until the worst happened.

Our best friends' daughter had passed away from results of a tragic accident.

These friends are family. Their kids are extensions of our own. We love them.

We didn't want to believe the news. The last time I was filled with such immense heartbreak was when my dad passed away two years ago. This time, it was Aaron who was there to take the phone as I dropped to the floor sobbing.

We left Monday after Aaron got home from work and drove to his parents house. Tuesday, we left the kids there and drove to their home to be with them.

Entering their home, it was impossible to ignore the immense presence of the Spirit. There is no question as to why he is also referred to as The Comforter. Instead of it being a depressing place, our hearts were filled with peace, love and understanding.

Sorrow was felt. Tears were shed. Memories reminisced. All for life of the sweet little girl.

A friend, who has only seen a few pictures of her, said, "I wonder why heaven even let her go and how they managed to let her stay with us for so long. She looks like the sweetest angel."

Her funeral service was beautiful.

The chapel, gym, stage was filled with family and friends. They ran out of chairs to seat them all. People were left standing. But no one minded, the life of a 7 1/2 year old girl was being celebrated.

Her father spoke.

He spoke of the Plan of Happiness. He told stories about his little girl. He bore witness to the healing power of the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. He bore testimony of the restored Gospel. Again, the Holy Ghost could be felt, helping us who were mourning to be lifted up with joy knowing that we will again be able to be with her in the next life.

I wish you all could have been there. To feel of the Spirit, to see the strength this family has, the love they have for the Savior and the trust they have in our Heavenly Father.

Families can be together forever.

I know this to be true.


Anna said...

This was a beautiful post. Thank you for putting into words what many felt. Families are forever and I'm grateful we both are a part of one.

Plain City Dickamores said...

Rachel, i have been waiting for you to write about it. Beautifully done. We still pray for their family.. SOOOOOOO glad Families are forever:)

maggie said...

I've so admired your tender and heartfelt approach to sharing this experience with us. You are a dear friend to many and a dear daughter to us!

Scott said...

It's amazing what the Spirit can do. It was a very uplifting and powerful service. They're an amazing family.

Smith Family said...

Thank you for posting this. I have been thinking of them everyday. So glad you guys could be there for them during this difficult time.

The Dillon 6 said...

i love you.

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