Now over a week ago, we learned the heart-wrenching news that my home ward bishop passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening, July 27th. His passing is mourned by so many who loved and admired him. He was hiking with the other members of the bishopric to meet up with the Boy Scouts when he passed away.
Bishop Lyon was always there and always serving. Even if you didn’t know Bishop Lyon, you could tell what a great person he was by knowing his amazing wife Eleanor and their 4 beautiful, young kids. I have always looked up to the Lyon family and now they continue to amaze me at their strength even in this hard time.
I attended my home ward last Sunday, and while it was sad and emotional for all, I was touched at how much love you could feel. I could feel the desire that everyone had to “bear one another’s burdens.” A sense of community rises out of adversity. And on Saturday, as we attended the funeral, I was touched again by Bishop Lyon's life and devotion to God.
I feel strengthened in my belief God has a plan, that He will strengthen His children to bear difficult burdens, that He has given us the power to be together as families forever and that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, who understands all pain and sadness so that we can find comfort us in our times of need.