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I have the opportunity to work with a number of talented and tremendous people in more than one setting. For the setting I am focusing on today, every staff member is an important, contributing member to our overall success. The overall success we experience is accomplished by training, talent, and most of all.....a willingness to serve.
One of my colleagues demonstrated this willingness to serve as she offered to help a stranger yesterday, as a Good Samaritan. We often think that if we serve, we will be saved. Although this is true in the spiritual sense, the Lord always has a plan for each of us. You can read more about this very sad story at this link.
Tragically, our good friend.....when attempting to help a stranded motorist.......her earthly mission ended. She was a talented Educator, and recently married. Her life course was moving forward in a positive direction. How could the Lord allow this to happen particularly when she was in the act of serving? Perhaps an answer can be found in the following quote from Elder Russel M Nelson:
"Life does not begin with birth, nor does it end with death. Prior to our birth, we dwelled as spirit children with our Father in Heaven. There we eagerly anticipated the possibility of coming to earth and obtaining a physical body. But we regarded the returning home as the best part of that long-awaited trip, just as we do now. Returning from earth to life in our heavenly home requires passage through—and not around—the doors of death. We were born to die, and we die to live" ("Doors of Death," Ensign, May 1992, 72.)
As the student and staff who have been touched by the life of this good teacher access the grief counseling that is being provided, I am hopeful that Ali is enjoying the "best part of the long awaited trip". Your smile and enthusiasm will be missed. May the Lord be with her family at this difficult time.