#1 – Leavers

Nathan (Brother)

“…My dear Father in Heaven, I need you right now . . . Please, please don’t let them take her from me….”

Emily (Sister – well, I love her too, but ya)

“…I will say that it was the most painful experience I’ve ever had and there were countless nights where I agonized – tearfully mourning the loss of a lifetime of ‘knowledge’ and trying to navigate a new world where I was the master….”

Colten (Cousin)

“…Maybe I should just keep pretending.  If I keep pretending, we can be together.  And then maybe I’ll find some truth to the whole “fake it ‘til you make it” motto. I can do that, right?

Ms. Flight Attendant (Family Friend)

“…This anger continued until one day I realized that the anger was what was driving me to awful things. I got off of all of my medications and went back to a non-denominational church where I had remembered feeling such strength in the music….”

Rea (Mom)

“…As we danced together on the evening of his temple wedding in 2009, he leaned down to me and said, “Momma, I promise I will never give up until Jefferson and the others return to the church.”  His sweetness and sincerity melted my heart, even as his words stabbed clear through it….”


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