that's not really true! it sure feels like i should be all cried out, but still i am moved to tears.
we had ross' memorial service yesterday, and it was "freakin' awesome!", as ross would have said! it was an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G outpouring of love and the spirit!
i laughed, and i cried, and i was in awe of the family's strength in adversity and testimony of the gospel! i loved the stories that the family shared about ross:
my favorite being the one where ross took a whole pad of post it notes with him to a stake dance. he wrote his name and his phone number on each one and plastered them all around the cultural hall. but he didn't stop there. he then went to the girls bathroom and stuck them all over the door. then, and this is the best part, he went around the dance to all the girls and asked, "who's ross?"
i loved the eternal perspective they shared with us and their knowledge that they will be with ross again:
ross' dad said that that day on the beach all he lost was a pair of shoes. he will not get the shoes back, but he will get his boy back! he said that he just was not responsible for ross anymore.
though i did not know ross personally, i have been greatly moved by the influence he had on so many people and the way in which he touched so many lives both directly and indirectly, like myself, in his short sojourn on earth.
this video was created for ross by a young man who was in our ward, but recently moved away. he felt that he needed to help this past week, but couldn't because he was so far away. he made this tribute to ross. it is incredibly moving and the music is amazing (pause my music player at the top of my blog so you can really listen to the words of the music on the video)!
"through laying down your life for a boy you had never known before, you demonstrated a great act of charity, the pure love of Christ...we take peace in knowing, that because you had that love, you are in a better place...heading towards the outstretched arms of our Lord."
i love the following lines from the song on this video:
"and if you were with me tonight,
i'd sing to you just one more time.
a song for a heart so big,
God wouldn't let it live.
may angels lead you in."
at the end of the memorial service, the youth of the stake sang "just one more time. a song for a heart so big." a song for ross. they sang the efy medley as sisters in zion/we'll bring the world his truth, my all time favorite song of the youth! they did an incredible job singing through their tears! it was so powerful! here is a video i found on you tube with the song that the youth sang:
they put together a little card that had some of ross' journal entries on it and they had it at the service. the very first one was this:
"Being a son of God means a lot to me. It means that I have a responsibility to make my Father proud. It also means that I have a standard to live my life to. 9/10/200"
i believe that ross made his Father proud and he did live up to that standard!
"may we all strive to be found of having the love that you showed that stranger."