Our beautiful daughter Heidi has been blessed to know and love a man of goodness and light. He left this world for a better one on Friday, June 6, 2008.
We were never privileged to meet Shaun. We know him from our daughters heart. Through her we know of his kindness, spirituality, desires to make the world a better place, and of his love. And although we do not understand his tragic and untimely passing, we have faith that the Father of us all does, and that he did not leave so soon by mere chance.
"Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:1-3
A wise man once said, "in the grammar of the Gospel...death is a mere comma, not an exclamation point" (Neal A. Maxwell, Moving in His Majesty and Power). We know that Shauns forever has moved to a different realm and that through the principles and ordinances of the Gospel, families and loved ones will be together again, forever. What a blessed thing to know and understand that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected, we will all live again. Shaun lives. The Savior of us all made that possible.
We know that Heidi's world will never be quite the same. She no longer has in her life the one who made her whole. But we're grateful for the beautiful impact he has made, and will continue to make on her and all who knew him. The world truly is a better place because Shaun was in it.