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 one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls
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.
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