This journal entry was written by Dale and Jan at the beginning of their sixth week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.
There are no adequate words that can describe the difficult time we have had these last couple weeks with our 31 year old son Zane passing away and yet the blessing of peace that has come to us because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We held a memorial service here in Rexburg, Idaho, last Saturday to honor the memory of Zane and to gather as a family to begin the healing process. The service was under the direction of the Melchizedek Priesthood and that has made all the difference for us. Gospel truths shared, strengthened our faith. Dale and I have the knowledge and testimony that we will see our son again someday and that he is safe. We also know that we have to do our part to continue to keep the commandments, to do service, and to nourish our testimonies. This experience has stretched our souls more than any other time. It has given us a greater desire to serve a mission when we retire. To have the comfort of the Spirit during trying times is a tender mercy given us because of the Atonement. The Lord knows our needs and has a plan for us.
To continue to study the scriptures is our desire. To continue to serve is what we want to do. To reach out to others is our responsibility. Acting instead of isolating, serving instead of self-pity is the direction we want to go. Our goal now is to continue to grow “line upon line,” in the knowledge of the gospel and to strengthen our conversion even more.