Today on her blog, Amber has posted the full story of her experiences with being excommunicated and then coming back into the church. Please go over there and read it.
She tells of a conversation she had with our dad, wherein he expressed to her his desire to see her rebaptized before he died. He had had a heart attack just a few days earlier, and as such was reminded that life is short and known to take unanticipated turns.
Amber was rebaptized on July 11 of this year. Our dad baptized and confirmed her, and it was a wonderful occasion.
Quite unexpectedly, our father died yesterday, September 12. He was just 66 years old, and in the best health and spirits he's been in in years.
While this is devastating news for our family, I can't help but see the hand of the Lord in all of this, and the "tender mercy" granted our father in seeing Amber come back.
I'm so proud of Amber, and she knows that.
May I just take this opportunity to encourage all of you to take a moment to evaluate the state of your relationships, starting with that between you and your Father in Heaven. While He is infinitely patient, the truth remains that time does eventually run out, and it is rarely when we expect it.
Thank you all for your kindness and friendship, both to me and to my sister. The last thing I expected from the blogging world was this level of genuine support and a few lasting, eternal relationships.
We'll be back in a week or two, with an even deeper testimony of and gratitude for the plan of salvation that seals families and holds them together beyond all the heartache and loss of mortality.
God bless you all, dear friends.