Close friends of one of my daughters were murdered by a relative’s ex-husband. It is tragic. You never think about such things hitting so close to home. It was a senseless, cruel, heartless execution of 6 innocent people, and it left behind many emotional scars on close friends and family — especially the lone surviving child of the family of 7. (Deseret News article, click here)
I talked to my daughter who was clearly very upset and saddened. She shared with me insights about the family and their relationship.
I won’t give the killer the satisfaction of even mentioning his name. (And, I wish the media wouldn’t give such people so much attention.) It is natural to place blame or make excuses for why something like this happens. Personally, there is only one person to blame and that’s the killer himself. Yet, already I’ve read posts on Facebook and media pages blaming gun control laws. Shame, shame, shame on those who refuse to place blame on the culprit. Others have placed blame on mental illness. Of course he was mentally ill. Sane people don’t do stuff like this, and mental illness is no excuse for such heinous crimes. We can’t blame ourselves as a society; it was a tragic crime that nobody saw coming.
Tonight is the pageant’s dress rehearsal. It is amazing that after a few days, they are ready for dress rehearsal.
Tomorrow is opening night.
Friends from California
Our friends Rodger and Diedra Mahaffey are here as pageant site missionaries and we tracked them down last night to say, “Hi.” They had stopped by the house the other day when I was at Hill Cumorah, so I didn’t get to see them. It was fun catching up on things. The moved from Antioch to Utah, however, Rodger’s sister and her husband are here serving full-time missions.
Speaking of which… all you friends in California and Utah, did you know you can come to Palmyra to serve a 2-week mission during Pageant? That’s right, you can, like Rodger and Diedra, serve a short-term mission to help during Hill Cumorah Pageant. Or, you can serve as a cast or support member for the Pageant. Who knows… you could end being Alma, Sariah, or one of many (there’s over 600) roles.
Rodger and Diedra are serving as site missionaries. Their job is to help people visiting the Smith Farm and the Sacred Grove. When I met up with them, they were in the north west corner of the grove patrolling it. (Yes, it is sad to say we need missionaries back there to keep people on the trails and to help prevent vandalism. “Vandalism?” you ask. Yes, we have people attempt to carve their initials in the trees, and they need to be reminded not to do that.)