Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Touching Story

Each one of the apostles are truly unique. Every conference I am always fascinated by Elder Scott. As he talks he is aware of the cameras around them and always looks straight into them. He seems to have the ability to talk to your soul -- and I find every talk to be so relevant into my life. Today was no exception -- and I found his story to be most touching. My favorite so far.

I have always been grateful for the plan of salvation -- the knowledge that I can live with my family after I die. It is what has gotten me through some of the most difficult times in my life. When my mom died -- 13 years ago -- it is what I have clung to. When I am faced with a tempting choice -- I remember her -- and know that I want to do everything I can to be able to see her again.

Elder Scott recounted a time when he and his wife had to face the reality of death in the most difficult of ways. They had a son with a heart problem -- when he was just a little boy they had to go in for surgery to correct the issue. When the procedure was over the doctor came out and told the Scott family that the surgery proved to be successful. They were so happy that their little boy would be able to grow - run - play - and be a "normal" little kid. Moments later the same doctor came back out with a grim expression on his face. Their little boy had just died. What makes this story even more devastating is that the Scott family had just lost a baby girl -- just a few hours after she was born. Elder Scott tells us that he and his wife understood the plan of salvation and it gave them relief to know their two kids are going to be recipients of the gift of the Celestial Kingdom -- since they died before the age of accountability.

Now that I have a little one of my own -- I can't even fathom what heartache his poor family went through at that time. It would be devastating to lose Jace now ... I can't imagine the faith that this great man and his family has to endure such a trial. His talk made me reflect about my family. Joe, Jace, and I are sealed -- and we can be together forever -- I am so grateful for the reminder that has been given to me today. We are truly lucky to have conference to remind us of things that we sometimes don't take the time to think about.


Joanie said...

I, too, loved this talk. I very closely relate to his story having lots two of my own precious children. The thing that I can tell you is that the Lord blesses us with the strength and courage to face our trials. He will never leave his faithful children alone. There is such great peace in obedience, knowing that the Lord will bless you; that He loves you.
I hope you never have to find out first-hand about this.
I love you all so much,

Lyman and Kim said...

I cried a bit during his talk this afternoon and again just a moment ago as I read your recap. The strength of him and his wife truly are an example to me. As I listened to his talk and I was crying I looked over and my mother in law had such a peaceful look on her face...what most don't know is that she lost one of her boys sudden and unexplained at age 6. We could have easily lost our little boy 2 years ago but thanks to the plan of salvation Lyman and I were at peace after many hours on our knees with whatever the outcome would be for Bentley. Nearly 24 years later my mother in law still misses her son deeply but shows me such strength and faith as I noticed her heart at peace. I know my burdens and trials are lightened when I keep my Heavenly Father close. It reminded me yet again why I need to live a Christ-like life because I have loved ones that went on ahead that I want to be with again.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I loved conference! Can't believe how people say that the Brethren are out of touch, too old to know what's going on in the world...They know! They get it! And they say the things that we need to hear. I love that!