When we lost Laney, I was really struggling. I was brokenhearted and shattered.Oh, I know that we will see her again. She is sealed to us and we have the assurance that we will be with her again. It was just the situation we found ourselves in, and the struggle to pick myself up and keep going. So, my niece, listening to a prompting, gave me a copy of Elder Joseph B Wirthlin’s talk, Sunday Will Come.
In the talk, Elder Wirthlin reminds us that Christ had his Friday. The day when all was dark and He was crucified. But that after all of that suffering on His Friday, Sunday came, and He was resurrected. The talk reminds us that we all have our dark days. Days that we feel broken and shattered.That we all have our Friday’s. But that if we hang on, Sunday WILL come.
Just those three words bring so much hope to me. So much so, that we put it on the back of Laney’s memorial. Sunday will come. I know it will. And I look forward to that day. How can I not?
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.