Sunday, July 26, 2009

In Memory of...



These words were written to me today in an email from my sister-in-law/one of my greatest friends of all time. I couldn't have said it any better.
..."Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His perfect plan of Happiness, I feel that I know things about Clairisa that others might deem impossible to know. I know that she inherited all those beautiful virtues that her mother possesses so completely {apparently she has lived away from me for way too long}. I know that she is full of courage, as, I have no doubt, that she full-heartedly volunteered to fulfill her role in your family. It must have taken a courageous soul. I know that she is full of knowledge. She must have had a comprehensive understanding of what her short life would mean. I'm sure that she knew it would be hard and cause heartache for so many, but I know that she must have understood the big picture, as does the Lord. I know that she is full of a testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Of this I have no question, because I felt the overwhelming power of her spirit this time a year ago. I know that she is valiant. After all, she only needed a body. I know that she is righteous. Her righteousness was something that our Heavenly Father needed more than we did. I know that she possesses that quality that most of us strive a lifetime to achieve, even charity. I think that everything she was meant to do leads every one of us back to our Father in Heaven. Through the many acts of service that were given because of her, the best was brought out in all of us. She undoubtedly encourages us all to partake in the pure love of Christ. I know that she is perfect. At that day, when the Savior comes again, she will be with her Father in Heaven and if we live up to our covenants we shall be privileged to see her as she really is, perfect, exalted, and celestial.
Happy Perfection Day Clairisa! We love you!"

9 comments:

kristi lee said...

I found out this morning that this was a special and yet possibly difficult day for you. I'm sorry I did not get the chance to give you a hug and a smile. I'm in tears over you sweet words.

Carmen said...

That was the most beautiful thing I have ever read--and it brought tears to my eyes. Thinking of you...

MommyJ said...

Wish I was there to give you hug and tell you in person how much I love and admire you. I hope your day was full of sweetness.

Melissa said...

I have been thinking a lot about you this week, as I knew that sweet Clairisa was born a year ago, & all that you went through and have gone through. As I have read your blog this week, and have read the stories of the pioneers in your family, I thought of how you are a pioneer, and someone that all of your posterity can look to. I think as your last post celebrating the Pioneers in your life, you need to celebrate you & the pioneer that you are to all of us, your girls, family, Clairisa, and all else who you will influence & have influenced. Your example of faith, devotion, and trust in our Savior is in my mind, ways to follow a Pioneer-You! You have to watch the new church movie on pioneers on Youtube. I thought about you the whole time & your sweet example! Love you! :)

Destinee said...

Love you! This is just perfect and beautiful.

deana said...

Such beautiful thoughts and words. Thanks for sharing. I really do admire your courage and faith.

Rebecca said...

Yes, this is beautiful!! We are thinking of you too.

Ryan and Tonya said...

Each Life that Touches Ours - Melissa I think of you and your sweet family all of the time. I love your faith, honesty, integrity and the blessings you pour out to those around you. With love and admiration.

Mandy said...

Know that we love you and we were sending love to you through our Father in prayer. When I say this, it's not to be cutesie at all --- picture my arms around you, I love you and I'm hugging you long distance, ok? Cory, too.

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