We heard the sad news on Friday, and while Wayne and Steven were off helping the family, I tried to deal with shock by blog-surfing and came across the following quote (on this blog, but on a couple of others as well):
"Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come." (from Elder Wirthlin's Oct 2006 conference address)
This message of Easter was a little more poignant this year. We're all so grateful for our knowledge of Heavenly Father's plan of happiness and thankful for our Savior and Redeemer. Apparently Wayne wasn't the only one whose favorite conference talk was Elder Holland's (we heard this quote a couple of times in sacrament meeting):
Brothers and sisters, one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said, “I will not leave you comfortless. [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].”
Funerals provide amazing opportunities to learn things. For example, this kind unassuming man was one of the original Navy SEALs, commissioned by President Kennedy in 1962. I think I knew that before, but I was fascinated by some of the stories told. The anchor that sits in front of their headquarters (or something - I wasn't taking notes!) was dredged up from the bottom of the sea by Richard and his buddies.