A Mother’s Day Moment of Hope

Today, in testimony meeting, Kelly walked up to the pulpit. Five months ago, we did not know whether she would ever walk on her own again.

Today, in testimony meeting, Kelly bore her testimony. Five months ago, we did not know if Kelly would speak again.

On Christmas Eve, Kelly and her five year old daughter Elise were skiing with family and friends. A snowboarder slammed into both of them. He was going at a very high rate off speed.

Elise died on Casper Mountain.

Kelly was in a coma for weeks. Later she spent months in rehabilitation in Denver. We all asked, “Would she fully recover?” She appears to be making great strides.

Today she mentioned that a fellow patient in the hospital did not have memories of her children. Kelly expressed gratitude for the memories she still had. Many struggles remain, but she still has memories of Elise.

Kelly expressed her love for her Heavenly Mother.

Kelly expressed her love for her Heavenly Father.

I am glad I was there this morning. I now have a desire to be less cynical.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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  • http://www.keepapitchinin.org Ardis E. Parshall

    Aw, gee, Chris. One of the best and hardest short pieces I have ever read. Thank you.

  • http://loydo38.blogspot.com the narrator


  • http://www.faithpromotingrumor.com John C.

    Thanks for sharing this, Chris.

  • http://www.heavenlyascents.com David L.

    Nice, Chris. That was touching. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.faithpromotingrumor.com Chris H.

    Thanks y’all.

  • http://ethesis.blogspot.com/ Stephen M (Ethesis)

    Bless her heart.

  • CEF

    I always knew you must be a decent man Chris, and now I can see I was correct.

    Being less cynical would be nice for people like me. Perhaps sometime you can share why you tend to walk around with a chip on your shoulder, daring someone to try and knock it off.

  • http://www.faithpromotingrumor.com Chris H.

    “Perhaps sometime you can share why you tend to walk around with a chip on your shoulder, daring someone to try and knock it off.”

    Have we interacted before? I do not recognize you.

  • http://www.faithpromotingrumor.com Chris H.
  • http://johnsenclan.com jjohnsen

    Wow, really great post Chris.

    CEF, from his writing I’ve never got the feeling Chris has a chip on his shoulder, but his posts do make me think he doesn’t “suffer fools gladly”(2 Corinthians 11:19)

  • http://www.keepapitchinin.org Ardis E. Parshall

    Any chip on Chris’s shoulder is 100% Ghirardelli’s finest chocolate. Don’t mess with Chris!

  • http://latterdaysnark.blogspot.com/ David B

    @Ardis: Wait, you’re saying we should eat the chip on Chris’s shoulder?

    I’m confused now.

    Seriously, though, good post, great story, and wonderful hope—and the public acknowledgment of Mother in Heaven in a context nobody’s likely to argue too much about is a nice touch, too.

  • http://www.faithpromotingrumor.com Chris H.


    I ate that chip as soon as I realized it was dark chocolate. It is gone.

    Oh, and thanks.

  • http://juvenileinstructor.org Christopher

    Thanks for this, Chris.