My family really enjoyed listening to General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints this past weekend. Many of the talks touched our hearts in a way that we know Heavenly Father knows our family. That He knows what we need.
One of the talks that touched my heart tremendously was the one given by Elder Richard G. Scott. He mentioned revelation and inspiration. He talked about our loved ones that have passed away. That we are not separated from them. That we do not cease to love them. That we are associated with them with ties that cannot break.
He also says that those who have been faithful who have gone beyond are close to us. That they know us better than we know them, and that we live in their presence. That they see us and love us now more than ever. Their love for us must be greater than that which we feel for ourselves. Relationships can be strengthened through the veil with people we know and love. It is done by our determined effort to continually do what is right. We recognze that the separation is temporary and that the covenants made in the temple are eternal.
I can tell you that we have felt Laney here, near us. What Elder Scott talks about is right. And true. How grateful I am for Apostles on the earth to help us know the right way to live.
We have been working hard with our friends at Bunderson Monument to create the most amazing headstone for Laney. And we got it in today.
The remarkable thing is that this headstone was thought through with much love from a number of people. It was done by our good friends through email and phone calls. We didn’t actually see the stone until it was put in. And it was better than we could have hoped for. Thank you to Valerie for the idea to use Laney’s own quote on the back! It was the perfect touch. We love you!
So we have been waiting on the perfect headstone to arrive. And the pictures don’t do it justice. It is a bitter sweet moment for us. But it is perfect. It is SO Laney. I know she would approve.
What do you think? Breathtaking!
The day my mom found out she had cancer, she wrote in her journal, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.” That is the only journal entry she ever wrote. It has me thinking lately about the first day of the rest of my life. What my journals will say about me.
I think about how many journals Laney wrote. For a month before she died, she kept asking me for a new one. She was almost finished with her old one and didn’t want to be without one to write in. She had also been asking me to help her find her old journals. From when she was a kid. I had put them in a box and put them up when she went to college. Wade finally found them. But not until after she was gone.
Ally and Addisyn with Laney
But the things she wrote in them were great. She was so funny, talking about being mad at her sister when they were in elementary school. She wrote about the things she did with her sisters, and who her friends were. But for the last 4 or so years, she wrote mostly about Jens. About how amazing he is. About how much she loved him. About how she couldn’t wait to give him her forever. How sweet is that?
Having Laney’s journals have been so important to us. It has meant the world to read them and see her growth over the years. To see her personality shine through. It was in her journal that she left her testimony for us. And it has been shared with thousands of people. Oh, I am sure if we shared anything else, she wouldn’t like it. But I am sure she is ecstatic that we are helping others by sharing her amazing testimony now.
It has made my family and others rededicate ourselves to writing in our journals. To make sure that the important things are written down. Like the tender mercies. And the feelings we’ve had through all of this. Because I don’t ever want to forget them.