My Thoughts On Connecticut

As I watched the tragic details of the events that took place in Connecticut, my heart has been broken. I hugged my 7-year-old tightly. Today, as I looked at the pictures of the victims who resemble children her own age, I could only hang my head. Knowing my daughter will return to school on Monday, I wondered what other kids in her class might say to her, and decided to be direct but brief. She’s never seen news stories on television.

We talked about the plan . . . the plan of happiness, and that there is a place we go after this life. And how grandparents and other relatives of those that died were on the other side to greet and hug them. She liked that. She wanted to know if anything happened to someone we knew. After telling her no, she returned to watching “Toy Story” on T.V.

If the veil could be taken from our eyes, we would see that we have never been left alone on this earth as well. There is nothing I can say to make it all better. And moms always want to do that. Our society has some definite problems and hopefully some lessons will be learned. But the Savior knew bad things would happen to good people, and has a plan to make it all better.

I appreciate this quote from Fred (Mr.) Rogers,“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Yes, a whole community of helpers on earth and in heaven.

Ten days ago I underwent surgery. After receiving a blessing from my husband, a great warmth and peace filled my body and I knew all would be well and that my body would be protected. I’ve been recuperating at home with help from my wonderful family and neighbors. And even on the tough days when I shed a few frustrating tears, I knew I was never alone. Thank you, to all my amazing helpers!

I am grateful for Jesus Christ and all that he did, and does for me. May you each find the peace you seek and be one of the helpers.


“And no tongue can speak, 
neither can there be written by any man, 
neither can the hearts of men conceive 
so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak;  
and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls
at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father.
And it came to pass that when Jesus 
had made an end of praying unto the Father, he arose; 
but so great was the joy of the multitude 
that they were overcome. 
And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: 
Blessed are ye because of your faith. 
And now behold, my joy is full.
And when he had said these words, he wept, 
and the multitude bare record of it, 
and he took their little children, one by one, 
and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. 
And when he had done this he wept again; 
And he spake unto the multitude, 
and said unto them: Behold your little ones.
And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, 
and they saw the heavens open, 
and they saw angels descending out of heaven 
as it were in the midst of fire; 
and they came down and encircled those little ones about, 
and they were encircled about with fire; 
and the angels did minister unto them.”
3 Nephi 17:17-24

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