Remembering a Long Week

Monday, August 6, 2012

This past week has been long and hard. I hate writing about serious things, but I cannot move on here without saying how much I love Eleanor Lyon and her beautiful children. 

On July 27th Matt Lyon, her husband and the Bishop of my ward (church congregation), passed away while hiking in the high Sierras. He was on his way to meet Jonathan's Boy Scout troop on their 30 mile hike.

We've spent the past week grieving, praying, planning. Jonathan has hung on tight to Connor, the Lyon's oldest son, and had him over several times. Maddie and Katie have helped me prepare meals and plan for the memorial service and family lunch, each slipping into the car with me as I drive to Eleanor's, anxious to hug their previous Young Women's President.

Marc and I lie in bed at night and make whispered promises that we will always be there for the Lyon family. I think that promise has been made hundreds of times in hundreds of hearts by people who love Matt and are so grateful for his loving service and friendship. 

Saturday was the funeral and memorial service.
Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting.
How can our hearts hold so much sorrow, love, and hope at the same time? 

I love you Eleanor. I love you Bishop Lyon. Thank you for everything, even this time to remember our Savior and recognize His angels all around us. 

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One Response to “Remembering a Long Week”

  1. Shelly, I echo your thoughts. It is hard to think about anything else at this time. Glad we all have eachother.


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