Laney had a passion for life. She loved passionately, too. She lived for everything. You always knew where you stood with her. And once you were her friend, she treated you like her best friend. When everyone told us Laney was their best friend, we believed it. I think we would have to put them all into a room and let them fight over who was her best friend. That’s how she made you feel.
When Laney was a junior in high school, she started liking this cute boy named Jens. Okay, like is an understatement. Laney LOVED Jens. Right from the beginning. He was a good friend of hers, even coming to say goodbye to her the night before he left on his mission. That was the first time I had met him. And I knew he was amazing. Even then.
They wrote to each other his entire mission. Laney knew she was going to marry Jens even before he left on his mission. She wrote about it in her journal.All the time.
The remarkable part of this story of Laney’s love is that Jens loved her, too. So much so, that he was there when she needed him the most, and knew exactly what to do to help her. He was with her when she left this life. He is the best of the best. He is the man that every mother wishes their daughters would grow up and marry. She was so excited to get married to Jens. While not officially engaged yet, they were planning on getting married in the Laie, HI temple this year.
Jens has been a constant presence and provided ongoing support for our family. Laney and Jens loved each other truly and deeply. They still do. We love Jens, too. He is our brother, our son, and our hero. He deserves the very best this life has to offer him. We can’t wait to see what amazing things unfold for him. Because he deserves amazing. And I am sure Laney will help still him achieve it. Jens helps us to have courage everyday because we can’t wait to see how his amazing turns out.