I learned sad news today that Tyrel Nichols (age 25), a good friend of my little brother, passed away this week. Also, a little over a month ago another one of my brother's friends, Kyle Garrigus, also passed away (of unexpected heart failure at age 23!). Since they were in my brother's peer group I didn't know them super well, but both of these boys were funny, zaney kids, so full of life. They will be sorely missed by many. Unfortunately, these are the latest in what seems to be a long string of deaths in this peer group. I have never known a set of friends to have lost so many at such a young age. I feel out to my brother and his friends, and I send my love and condolensces.
It's hard to face unexpected losses and easy to wonder why it has to be so. Some questions are never answered in this life.
However, I do know:
When loved ones despart, if we humble ourselves and allow the spirit of the Lord in our lives, our broken hearts can be healed, and our souls can have peace, and we can gain understanding.
And when we pass through this life, because of the atonement, Christ has the ability to loose the bands of death and expand our souls that we may sing the song of redeeming love. I know that there is more to life than this world and that God is just and merciful; He will sort everything out and is more understanding of our life situations, challenges, trials and afflictions than we can comprehend. Of this I am sure.