“There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger, and live just a little bit better”

There is a scripture in The Book of Mormon that says “Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.” – Mosiah18:9

This scripture frequently came to my mind this weekend. My closes friends came and spent the weekend with me in Estes Park. We all met when we studied abroad in Jerusalem and our friendship has only become stronger over the years.


The event that brought us here was not how we envisioned our next get together, but I’m so grateful they came. We spent the weekend crying together as they listened and we talked. They truly felt my pain and cried with me. They gave me strength when I was so weak. They made me laugh as we talked about old memories and made new ones.


We talked about the Savior and how much of a role he plays in our lives. At the end of the weekend we had grown so much. We were all strengthened and spiritually uplifted to be better and do better. We even talked about Justin and how he was such a great example to us all. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine us being like Jesus because he was perfect. At times it seems impossible to be like him, but I can try and be like Justin. It seems reachable in my eyes to be like Justin and he truly was as close as you can get. He was radiant in every way and tried his best to be like Christ.

My sweet friend wrote me a note that described Justin perfectly and it meant so much to me. She said:

 “Justin was a man who saw others as God saw them and treated all with respect and grace. Even when they might not have deserved it, he never saw it that way. My life was touched by a titan among men. Thank you for brining a new friend to my life. An example of who God wants us to be. And thank you for being an ever present reminder of holding to the rod of hope and faith. I mourn with you and I’ll rejoice with you when you see him again.” 

Friends are the ones that rejoice and mourn with you. It is not by chance these beautiful souls were placed in my life. I know they were hand picked by the Lord to give me strength during my hour of need. To be here to cry with me. To be here to keep me going. To be here to remember Justin and keep his legacy alive! We all left wanting to be like Justin and be better daughters of God.


They all showed up wearing wolf shirts and even brought some for the twins. They knew Justin and I loved wolf shirts.  True friends! I thought it would be fun to share!


One thought on ““There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger, and live just a little bit better”

  1. Anna

    Oh my goodness what gems!! Those wolf onesies are amazing. I’m so glad you’re able to laugh and cry with others. Always thinking of you x


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