When I was 22 years old, my mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. I was absolutely devastated. My Mom was my best friend. I was born 13 years after the rest of her five children, so I had been raised almost as an only child. My mother had devoted her life to me and the development of my musical gifts. When she found out that she was ill, she immediately started to pray that I would soon find someone to marry so that she could die knowing that I would be taken care of. The day that my family held a special fast for my mother’s recovery, was the day I met my husband Matt in the Single’s Ward in Manhattan. My mother died the following summer, but she lived to see me married in the temple for time and all eternity to a wonderful man who has taken care of me. It was the Lord’s will that my mother pass on, but He still answered my mother’s earnest prayer the very day we all fasted for her. This life is full of trials and pain-Everybody Hurts– but I know that Everybody is also loved by The Lord!!!! God doesn’t take away our trials but I know that He helps us through them when we reach out to Him. We are all His Children!
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Written by: Jenny Oaks Baker
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