Hey all. For those who don’t know, I have been granted a leave of absence from my mission for a couple weeks (Elder Holland is the one who signed the papers for it. Which I thought was pretty fantastic). My brother passed away this last weekend while hiking and trying to get down a cliff. He slipped and fell about 60 feet. He was listed as missing for five days before they found him. I had decided to continue on with my mission as planned and I had entered the MTC about seven hours before they found him. My family came to the MTC to give me the news and we cried hard for a little while.
The first thing I said when that was done was “I know I need to be with you guys right now, but I don’t want to wait any more than I need to to continue my mission.” We worked it out with the mission president and the General Authorities that I would be allowed to wait for two weeks before coming back. I’m still set apart as a missionary, so I get to wear my nametag while I’m home and I get to keep my sister or mom busy while they follow me around as my temporary companions. 🙂
My brother was awesome and I looked up to him for almost everything. We had grown closer in the last year since he returned from his own mission in Frankfurt Germany, and I loved being able to talk to him about a lot of things. He was funny and loved everyone and he truly was an example of who Christ was. Heavenly Father just decided that Tyler needed to be back with him to do more missionary work on the other side, so the way I see it: Tyler will
be my constant companion as I serve my mission in New Hampshire. We’ll serve together and spread the Gospel to as many people as we can.
Last night we had a remembrance gathering for him. His friends from college and from the mission came up and shared their memories and stories of him. We laughed so much and remembered Tyler well. It was perfect – exactly what Tyler would want. The closing hymn was absolutely 100% perfect. It was hymn number 293 – Each Life That Touches Ours for Good.
Verse 1: Each life that touches ours for good