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Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Sad News

I mentioned in my last post that I had some sad news that happened on Friday.  I wasn't planning on posting about it but I have had several people express concern over that comment so I will briefly explain.

Our next-door neighbors are not only wonderful neighbors and friends, but he (the husband) is the bishop of our ward.  Their youngest is graduating from high school this week.  Their oldest, 25-year-old Jenny, was coming home from BYU-Idaho to attend the seminary graduation on Sunday night and  the high school graduation on Wednesday.  While traveling on the freeway, south of Idaho Falls, her tire blew and she lost control of her car.  The car rolled several times, ejecting her (even though she was wearing a seat belt) from her car.  She passed away after arriving at the Portneuf hospital. 

I saw and heard the grief and pain her family went through when they were informed of her death.  My heart has been grieving for them ever since.  This is a parent's worst nightmare!
The whole family was in church today.  What an example of strength that comes in knowing the plan of salvation and in being an eternal family.

My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

22 comments:

Melissa Miller said...

Oh Connie I am so terribly sorry for the tragic news. The grief must be unbearable. My prayers are with you all.

Blessings, ~Melissa

Natasha said...

Connie this really is so terribly sad. I can see why this would have been so difficult to discuss. Please know that I am thinking of you and I will keep that poor family in my prayers.

Blessings,
Natasha.

Jenny said...

So sad, I am so sorry for their loss.

Garden of Egan said...

I saw this accident on our local news. So heart breaking.
So thankful for the knowledge of the Gospel.
Prayers for you and your neighbors.

Kazzy said...

Oh my gosh! Oh, Connie. I am crying.

I will pray for them. Wow.

Tracy said...

I'm so sorry. Thank heaven for their knowledge of the plan of salvation...it's still hard though. I'll keep them in my prayers and you!

{{hugs}}

Kristina P. said...

That poor family. They are in my prayers too.

FabuLeslie said...

So sad. I'm sorry. I hope they are comforted by their faith and their fond memories at this terrible time.

Brenda said...

I'm so sorry. Sendin hugs your way!

Julie Harward said...

That is so sad...our hearts break to loose our loved ones as we live here on the earth. But what a comfort to know that we will be together forever...that none are lost to us..we will be a family in the next life too. God bless you and them with extra love and strength at this time. Come say hi :)

Valerie said...

Stunned, shocked and sad!
I've known Jenny since she was 4 years old!
Love and prayers for her family and for the ward family too.

Cheeseboy said...

How horrible and tragic. And what a great example that family is.

Kerin said...

Connie,
How sad my heart is for her family and for you and your family.
We will keep you all in our prayers.
I know that prayer helps and comforts.

Yvonne said...

Oh, Connie, that is so incredibly sad. It is always amazing when you see such strength in people. They must be an amazing family. I'm so grateful for the Plan of Salvation.

Barbaloot said...

How sad. Even with the knowledge of the gospel, that's a painful experience.

Mikki said...

What a tragedy!! I'm so sorry. Thank goodness for the gospel, and the wonderful promise we have through it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dear neighbors.

Natalie said...

Oh so sad. Same thing happened to our Bishop years ago and also to our Stake Pres just last year. The gospel knowledge helps, but it's still unbelievably difficult. My sympathy and prayers goes out to all of you.
Hugs.

ModernMom said...

Oh how tragic. There really are no words for something like this. Hugs for you and prayers for the family.

peggy said...

I'm so sorry, Connie, a terrible heartache for the family and for you their friend. Loving thoughts to you all.

linda said...

What absolutely devastating news. I'm so sorry. I'll be keeping your good friends in my thoughts and prayers.

Heather said...

That is so heart breaking! I am so sorry! I will keep them in my prayers!

Valerie said...

That is a parent's worst nightmare and a nightmare for those that knew and loved that daughter. So sorry to hear about this. I know that when BYU-I loses a student the whole campus mourns. Thank heavens for the gospel! I send hugs to you and her family!