grab your Kleenex …

and watch this video.
this is one of those forgiveness stories that is almost too much to bear.

since watching this the first time, I’ve tried to imagine myself in the role of each of the main characters in the story–the father, the parents of the young man and even the young man. there is so much tragedy and heartbreak in this world and yet, i absolutely believe there is forgiveness that can be extended and embraced, when we choose to follow the example of Jesus Christ — i love too, the idea that the decision to extend or accept forgiveness is made long before it is required.

i hope you find a moment today to rest and reflect on things that matter to you.

p.s. if you haven’t had a chance to watch this video, about Stephanie Nielson, watch it!

Comments

  1. Lorraine says:

    Thank you for sharing those two beautiful stories. I’m really glad I had kleenex nearby.

  2. Really sad and touching.

  3. jennifer hamilton says:

    I am at a loss for words. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  4. wow – is about all i can come up with!
    and amazing that he came to his forgiveness so quickly, i dont think i could do the same :> how inspirational

  5. Amazing! This is what belief in your faith is all about. I’m not sure I would be strong enough to do the same. Thanks for sharing. It’s something I’ll be thinking about all day long.

    • Vicky,
      I’m not sure my faith is strong enough to do something like this. And trust me, I thought of this all day the day I first watched it. I’m particularly intrigued with the idea that we can make up our mind ahead of time and that the strength to forgive something this grave doesn’t come from within us, but through us.

      good stuff.
      sj

  6. Amazing! Thanks for sharing :-)

  7. Kathy Jo Camacaho says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. What a testimony! I am moved and encouraged today. Today will be a great day! :)

  8. Wow, what a powerful, moving video. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Two very inspiring stories of strong faith. I have been following Stephanie’s story for a while now. Her strength is amazing and now I have a better understanding of where her strength comes from.

  10. His faith and yours must be ten fold of mine because I could never forgive this.

  11. How blessed we are to have the gospel. It can get us through anything.

  12. Tracy Dayett says:

    When we wake up in the morning we never know what the day will hold for us completely…THANK YOU…I feel like the reason I have faithfully visited your blog is so one day I would see that video at a time in my life when I REALLY needed to see and hear those words…I can not begin to thank you for that gift. Life can be so hard at times on this earth and then a lady named Stacy posts a video on her blog that I visit because she is the reason I started scrapbooking and then I feel like my heart is stronger… So powerful! I am so grateful!!

    • Oh Tracy,

      I’m with ya girl. Life is so hard some days.
      I’m so happy this was what you needed to experience today.
      I certainly struck a chord with me.

      sj

  13. What an amazing story of forgiveness and healing and hope! I can’t imagine being in that situation and being able to deal with it the way Chris did. I believe that because of his forgiveness and love, the teenager will be able to go on with his life and be a great man and spread love, forgiveness, and hope wherever he goes.

    Thanks for sharing this video. I will be showing it to my teens when they get home from school today!

  14. Bec_Kilgore says:

    What testimonies! So encouraging.

  15. He is like the Mormon version of Bruce Murakami – who lost his wife & daughter to a drag racing teen in Tampa & then forgave the teen; Bruce has been on Oprah & Dateline & even had a movie of the week made with Dean Kane playing him & he started a National Safe Teen Driver non profit; your friend should meet Bruce.

  16. I saw this a week or so ago. I cried. Christ’s Atonement is an gift beyond description. Not only does it forgive the foolish boy who drove drunk, but it heals the hurt and loneliness and anger of those that were harmed due to no fault of their own. Our Savior is truly there for us and understands our pain and our needs, for he endured each and every bit.

  17. thanks Stacy for sharing that! It was a great reminder to me as my heart has been heavy as of late missing my parents who were both taken in a car accident in 1998. just an accident where a man was passing another car and hit them head on. though I’ve never held any grudge or blame, I can certainly learn to be more Christlike in my everyday grief and living. It was the most difficult thing I ever went through (that and the double funeral), and the only thing that got/gets me through is my knowledge that Families are Forever, my brothers and sister knew without a doubt that it was their time to go, and we couldn’t imagine either one living without the other so felt peace that they went together, but the void was so great. We truly are blessed with the gospel, and our Savior does make good from everything. Both of my then inactive brothers are now active, and one has been through the temple. Thank you again, for sharing when I really needed the peace to return.

  18. Thank you for sharing this. Chris is an excellent example of humility and grace. Hope your health just gets better and better!

  19. wow.

  20. Thank you for sharing. I plan to watch this with my oldest child. And my others, as they are ready. I think there is more than one valuable lesson in Chris testimony. Bless him for having the courage not only to accept Christ’s will in this situation, but to share his story with others.

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