In the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace” there is a phrase that has been running through my mind continually today:
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
T’was Grace that brought me safe thus far,
and Grace will lead me home.
– John Newton, “Amazing Grace“
This past weekend I was encircled by such powerful feelings of peace, love, acceptance and kindness as I attended and participated in the 187th Semi-annual LDS General Conference.
This morning I awoke with my nation to horrifying news of the most deadly mass-shooting attack in US History to date.
No two events could ever be so diametrically opposed.
It is a stark reminder of the many dangers, toils and snares we must navigate in these last days. My heart aches for all those who are directly and indirectly suffering from this tragic, senseless event. I pray for the “peace that surpasses all understanding” to be with them, and to be with us as a nation.
I think David Archuleta did a beautiful job expressing how I feel with his response to the tragedy in Las Vegas. He shared the faith and hope he gained from General Conference this weekend and how it helps his perspective of today’s tragedy.
By the way, I stood right next to David backstage before the conference session began (and yes, Archuleta fans, he is still just as cute as ever). I felt it would be inappropriate to act like a “groupie” at such a sacred religious event. So, I didn’t ask to take a selfie with him. I politely said “hello!” and smiled, and then went to my seat. #regret 😉
Thank you David.