Thursday, June 14, 2012
Holden and Brant
Also in Lancaster live James and Wendy Hardy. James is a wonderful young man. When he was in high school John taught him the gospel and James was converted and wanted to be baptized. Now James, who is a very nice looking black man, is quite large. He is not fat at all, just football player big. In fact he is now a football coach. Well, John baptized him but had to have the help of young missionary who was in the ward at that time. Years passed and James fell in love with Wendy, a beautiful, white returned missionary who is an R.N. They got married in the Los Angeles Temple and are so happy together. Years passed and they were unable to have children so they adopted a darling little girl, half white and half black. How perfect is that! A few years later they adopted a little boy. He is also darling and also half black and half white. The children are now about 4 and 6 (approx). Last year Wendy became pregnant and this past Mother's Day she gave birth to little Brant who did not make it because of an umbilical cord accident. So, so sad. They are so strong and brave, but as Wendy said, " We just wanted Heavenly Father to let us have him longer."
I'm sure everyone remembers Grady the little grandson of my friend Connie who also had to go home way too soon.
We know that because of Jesus Christ and His sacrificing atonement that we will be reunited with our loved ones and we also know that those who die before the age of 8 will have automatic exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom. That is awesome and that is what we want for our children. However, it is so, so sad especially for the parents and for those who stay behind. I know these babies are fine. They have it made and yet I feel so sad for the families. It just doesn't seem natural for the babies to go before the parents. I admire the strength of these families. They are special indeed to have provided bodies to these little babies that only needed that gift from their parents.