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: 2-3
With some hesitation I proceed with this tribute, realizing that to do so is to compromise her very essence (how dare I?!). The essence of Sandra is humility…humility and love. And, my compromise of her essence, overcome by her own resilience. As I said earlier, it was no coincidence that brought Candice together with Sandra, the Lord knew who could reach her. They share a relationship that will last forever and we will forever be grateful to her, and to the Lord, for introducing her into our lives.
Secondly, Grandma, and, I am proud to say, my Mother, Ruth;
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5: 22-23
How unlikely that a bitter, pregnant, twenty year old girl, willingly, and yet, begrudgingly moved to live with her grandma, would develop a bond, a love, and an appreciation for her grandmother beyond any, she, at that time knew. Her grandma, exuding naturally, the Christ like qualities with which she was so abundantly blessed, and which she nurtured throughout her life, Candice could do nothing but reciprocate. But, knowing Candice, the real Candice, and knowing grandma, it should not be considered unlikely at all that this relationship would blossom. One of her very young, great grand children calls her “grandma great”, truer words were never spoken.
Third, and most importantly, our Savior, Jesus Christ;
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3: 16
What more can I add to that which has already been said of him by so many others, but to express for myself, now publicly, my gratitude for his sacrifice, and, through our trials, for my growing realization of the significance of his sacrifice. For through this, and through the gifts of the spirit, comes my developing, yet still very incomplete, understanding of the great paradox to which I referred in the preface to this book.
And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings; – D&C 88: 11