Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

I know...I'm posting this video again.  But I couldn't help it because today is Good Friday...the anniversary of the day our Savior was crucified.

I have pondered the events of that day and the message from Elder Wirthin in this video.  It truly was one of, if not the, darkest day in the history of the world.  In fact, the whole earth mourned the loss of it's Savior.  I can't help but think about how often we have to go through dark times.  I have had days since Joshua has passed that have felt dark...just sad and missing him so much I thought my heart was going to burst.  I am definitely living out a time in my life that I would consider one of my "Fridays".

I can't help but think of Mary (the Mother of Jesus).  Oh, how I think about her and wish I could have given her a big hug on that Friday.    Sure, she probably had been taught it would happen.  Sure, she probably had a testimony of the Savior's role in the Plan of Salvation.  But she had lost her son in a brutal and awful way...and it just hurts a lot.

But Easter Sunday came!  I can only imagine Mary's emotions took a complete 180 when she found out about Christ's resurrection. Jesus Christ broke the bands of death...but for her, she had her son back.

Yes...I may be living in a time of my life that I would consider a "Friday".  But all I can do to stay above the turmoil in my heart is to ponder and have faith that Sunday will indeed come.  I will, just like Mary, be able to embrace my little boy again.  I will, because of my Savior, have my whole family together someday.

Good Friday was a day of darkness...the darkest of all days.  But it was proceeded by the most glorious just a few days later.  May we all enjoy pondering the blessed events of that marvelous weekend.


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  1. Erin Levanger WrightApril 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Hi Stephanie! I wanted to let you know (and I hoped you didn't mind!) that I shared part of this post in my Sacrament meeting talk today. I told our congregation that the reason you were able to write something as uplifting and inspiring as that so soon after losing Joshua was because of your dedication to building your faith and becoming the person Heavenly Father knows you have the potential to become. I told them each experience they have with the Savior will build their faith as well and encouraged them to pray a little more sincerely and read their scriptures a little more fervently so that they could also feel His peace as they pass through trials of this life. I'm still so so so proud of you. I just thought I'd share that Joshua's message reached out to a few more people today.

    1. Erin, I am honored that you were able to use my thoughts to portray your testimony! Thank you for spreading Joshua's mission in your own little way and thank you for the love and support from your whole family.


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Joshua Kent Ipson was born December 1, 2012 with a very complicated combination of congenital heart defects. After 2 1/2 months of fighting for his life, he passed away on February 13, 2013. We invite you to share our experiences as we grieve his loss, rejoice in God's plan, & keep Joshua's message of hope alive.
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