Wednesday, July 6, 2011

To Lori

Spencer Wesley Truman
February 15, 1981-July 4, 2011

My cousin Lori is the most darling and righteous person I have ever met. I remember joking with my family when we were younger that Lori would NEVER find a husband worthy of her. But, we were VERY wrong! Wes was the PERFECT match for Lori! Wes loves Lori (here) and Lori loves Wes (here).

I remember sitting at their guest book with my cousin Whitney at their wedding reception. I remember just watching the two of them together and thinking to myself, “I hope I can find a husband like Wes.”

A few years later I was able to take Calculus with Wes down at BYU. He was always so nice to save me a seat twice a week, help me with questions (so I wouldn’t have to raise my hand in a class of over 100 people), and just talk with me between classes.

We LOVE Wes AND Lori. They have been more than amazing examples to me and to my family. Every time things seemed overwhelming, or I felt discouraged with Lindsay’s condition I would just think about Wes and Lori. I would read and reread their blog for words of encouragement.

Last year the Truman’s did a family home evening on the Plan of Salvation. You can read her whole post here, but I just want to share part of what Lori wrote.

“We talked about what happens when people die. We talked about the spirit world. We discussed the reality of the Savior's resurrection and the reassuring truth that we can be together with people we love even after the separation of death. It was a meaningful, memorable conclusion to our little series of field-trips - maybe my favorite of them all. The cemetery proved the perfect spot to testify that Christ will truly come to earth again and that resurrection will really happen.”

What is this thing called death
This quiet passing in the night?
Tis not the end but genesis
of better worlds and greater light.

O God, touch Thou my aching heart
And calm my troubled, haunting fears.
Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure,
Give strength and peace beyond my tears.

There is no death, but only change,
With recompense for vict’ry won.
The gift of Him who loved all men,
The Son of God, the Holy One.
Gordon B. Hinckley

I hope that they can feel that same spirit this weekend. Love to you Lori. Our heart aches with you and for you. Thank you for your example of unwavering faith. Love and prayers. “The Gospel’s True, and WE LOVE YOU!!”


Rosalee said...

I remember you telling me you're related, but I couldn't remember how. I have always been so impressed by Lori and Wes. My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed.

Julie said...

Thanks cuz for that beautiful tribute to my sis... every word is true. Lori and Wes are amazing and you're pretty special yourself. I love you.

DeAnna Packer said...

Oh Haylee....You dear sweet Saint!
I can't see to write further... Tears of gratitude... "Where love is, there God is Also"

Bruce and Liss said...

What a neat family... And, what a heartbreaking experience. Thanks for sharing Haylee. Sure do love ya.