Monday, September 27, 2010


{I know that I do a post every year. Sorry if you don't like it, but this is a big part of my life and I am so thankful for today.}

24 years ago my mom woke up to me screaming in the middle of the night. I was panicked, I started explaining that something happened to Josh and I described that he was in the mountains in a hole and he couldn't get out. Everyone was looking for him but couldn't help him. I described more of my dream to her. She explained to me Joshua was okay and sleeping in his room. It was just a dream. Well 3 years later when I was 7 years old this dream became very real.

September 22, 1989 my older brother Joshua Dennis was 10 years old and went missing in a mine. He got seperated from the other scouts and leaders and didn't have a light. He couldn't find his way back out. Family, friends, Tooele police and Search and Rescue scoured the mountain and mine for 5 long days. Wednesday September 27th the last day of the search, the mine was to be closed and sealed to prevent this from happening again. John Skinner knew where to find Josh, he dreamt about it. After being turned away day after day, finally they let him have one last look. John along with two search and rescue workers went in for our final hope. After about an hour Josh was brought out to the light safetly. I am very grateful for all the people who helped search, and for John Skinner's persistance and faith.

While Josh was still in the MTC, he wrote John Skinner a letter. "I've been pondering in my mind all day," said Josh, "the things that I'm thankful for, and the list never ends. I thought of you when I read this scripture in Mosiah 7:12, {'I am very thankful before God this day that I am yet alive, and am permitted to speak and I will endeavor to speak with boldness.'} P.S.," Josh ended the letter, "I'm glad you know what it means to search."

Some times we will be rescued and sometimes we will be the rescuers. I know I need to be rescued more often than I like. We need to remember to be open, listen to the spirit so we will know our purpose at every moment. Although we may never experience anything like this, we have our moments of darkness. We need to have faith, know that miracles do happen and we will see the light. {Love you Josh}

Today is a day that I realize all my blessings. I am thankful for husband and kids and grateful for their love and support. I need to take time and enjoy the moment more often.

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in the years." ~Abraham Lincoln

To read the whole story that I wrote 2 years ago click HERE

1 comment:

Ashley said...

I love this story. Keep posting it year after year.