A Mormon Image: Greater Love

December 17, 2010 | 15 comments


I believe that from beyond the veil, their mother sees them and knows that in the too-short time she was granted to raise them, she was able to shape them into the kind of people who would lay down their lives for their friends.

15 Responses to A Mormon Image: Greater Love

  1. Julie M. Smith on December 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm



    Other part of backstory: The Jonathan mentioned in the obituary baptized me 18 years ago.

  2. Kristine on December 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Oh, Julie–that’s heartbreaking. I’m so sorry.

    And it’s a wonderful picture.

  3. michelle on December 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I love this photo. What a tender tribute as well. I think I may have read Rebecca’s story a few months ago. Heartbreaking.

  4. Ellen on December 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Two good people lost too soon. Luckily, their stellar traits live on in the children.

  5. Matt W. on December 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    This is amazing. My heart is filled and broken open all at once.

  6. Lupita on December 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you Julie for sharing this beautiful photo and story.

  7. Ardis E. Parshall on December 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    One of the most beautiful images I have ever seen. Thank you.

  8. djinn on December 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve stopped commenting, but this post lifted my veil, so to speak, as I lived in Las Vegas as a child and was expected to not drink any water on fast Sunday until about 5:00, after church. I thought I was either going to die of thirst (like actually die, not some charming metaphor, after the 1/2 hour or so trip to church in the 120 degree weather and an interminable time after) or was going to “he%%.” Thanks for the memories.

  9. Bill of Wasilla on December 17, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Wonderful photo – and my condolences to all who have suffered in this loss.

  10. Marjorie Conder on December 18, 2010 at 10:32 am

    So much to think about and much of it beyond words. Thank you.

  11. Ray on December 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Wow. Thank you.

  12. Sonny on December 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    She ain’t heavy………..she’s my sister.

  13. Cynthia L. on December 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Oh wow, Julie. Lovely and a terribly sad story.

  14. Stephanie on December 19, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, what a powerful picture. And a sad story. I am sure their mother is so proud of them.

  15. jjohnsen on December 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Great pictures Julie.


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