As I was flying from Atlanta to Salt Lake Sunday evening, I was reading some of my journal entries. I often take time during flights to write in my journal. I had just finished writing and came across this sweet experience in my journal from 3 years ago. 9/7/14 Julienne had locked her keys in the car the first time she had taken the car out by herself after getting a driver’s license. “I went and unlocked the car with a spare key I had just had made a couple days before. She followed me home. At a stop light I looked in the rear-view mirror of the van and saw all the empty seats, and then I saw Julienne in the driver’s seat of the car behind me. It really struck me. Her whole life, I’d looked in the rear-view mirror and she was in the seat of our car. Now she was 16 and off on her own driving. Life was changing forever.
It’s weird to experience sadness and happiness at the same time. But I did. Sad that my little girl was no longer little. Happy that she seemed so happy off in her car singing with the radio. Getting old is interesting. It makes me sentimental and reflective. I hope I’ve done all I can to teach my kids what is truly important; that God is our Father in Heaven and loves us. That His Son Jesus Christ came to earth, atoned for our sins, died on the cross, and was resurrected, enabling all of us to have the ability to do the same; to rise again from the dead. I hope that they know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, chosen to translate the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and to bring back to earth the Church of Jesus Christ, the Priesthood, the holy temple, and all of the fullness of the gospel with its saving ordinances. It’s all true. It’s all for us. A living prophet is on earth. 12 Apostles walk the earth again teaching of Jesus Christ. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. God lives & loves us. He provided the Plan of Salvation. We are His children. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ. Modern-day prophets and apostles lead us today in truth & righteousness. I know it. I KNOW IT! I’m blessed beyond anything I could have ever imagined, with 6 amazing children, a wonderful wife, a good home, a safe place to live, modern-day comforts, & a business that provides for us. We have what we need. Xavier is getting the medical treatment needed. #blessed I try to keep my family my top priority. I hope they feel that.”
Originally written by me and posted to Facebook August 15, 2017