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Heaven-bound



The father of my children and the man whom I married for time and all eternity has returned to his Creator last night. I am grateful for the condolences that have been extended and for the comfort that the knowledge of the Great Plan of Happiness brings.


I know he is in a better place now—a place where he is free from all the physical bondage of the illness that has plagued him for so long. There he can assist in the work without the debilitating effects of his condition. He is now free to laugh, mingle, talk and visit with fellow departed friends and family. I can imagine that he must be very excited to see his beloved father again after a long while…and my sister…and grandma…and his grandparents and all those who have gone before him. It must be a very happy reunion.  


Being a man who has always honored his priesthood, I know he has entered into the rest of the Lord and will continue to magnify his priesthood even more so now that he has already gone beyond the veil.


Goodbye for now, Joey. Thank you for everything. Thank you for your unconditional love, your understanding, and kindness. Thank you for giving me two wonderful children who have been the greatest source of happiness in my life. We love you and we know that this isn’t the end, but just the beginning of an eternal life. We will see you again! Families are forever!!! Keep with you our tightest hugs and warmest kisses.

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(Photograph by Franco Advincula)

A great country is now in turmoil. As the whole world watches the chaos unfold in Egypt, I cannot help sharing my thoughts about it.


In ancient times we read in the Old Testament of the many events that transpired in this great land—both wonderful and challenging. Even if you have never read the scriptures and have only watched the movie “The Prince of Egypt,” you will still have an idea of how prosperous this land was under the reign of the Pharaohs. We also learn that it was where Moses (that great prophet of old who parted the Red Sea and was helped by God to lead his people out of bondage) was raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter.


I met an Egyptian woman in Canada and I remember how fascinated I was by the stories that she told. She spoke of frequently visiting historical places that I’ve only read in the scriptures, such as Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments. I listened intently as she related many stories depicting how rich the culture of her homeland was.


Today, it is heartbreaking to see the violence that is going on in that land. There is so much hatred and anger on the streets. Constant disrespect for the lives and rights of many people is displayed day after day. One thing is certain though; human beings cannot tolerate oppression for long. It is inherent for them to seek freedom wherever they are, whatever they believe in.


As street demonstrations and demands of the Egyptian people for change continue, I pray that violence may finally be brought to an end; that peaceful negotiations may prevail; that those who are oppressed may once again reach out to Him who once did and still has the capacity to help His people escape all kinds of bondage—be it physical, spiritual and even political. For He is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and in my mind is the rightful owner of the title “Prince of Egypt.”

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