I am so sad and distraught by the devastation of the news today!! Mark Openshaw was one of my colleagues/students when I taught at BYU as a grad student/adjunct professor and subsequently he and his wife, Amy became our good friends and my clients at our travel agency!
He has been flying for years and we had an open invitation to fly anytime. He was a great pilot.
I am so sad that he and wife and two members of his family were killed in this plane crash!
Beside the survivor, there are at least two other kids, one on an LDS mission, and one child on study abroad (Germany) who are still living.
God bless them all and thank you for the good times and phone calls Mark! You were always a breath of fresh air! You made me laugh and smile a lot! Life is so short people….don’t let a minute pass!
Please direct your prayers and energy towards the family!
This whole plane wreck has given me a reason to start up this blog again.
I just needed an outlet today to digest how this could even happen to such a great family.
But I do know one thing…..there is a time to be born and a time to die and it doesn’t matter how you make the transition into the next life, albeit I hope it is not this dramatic for the rest of us.
The devastation of losing such a wonderful family, who really walked the walk and talked the talk will be missed by our family.
Here are a couple of points to think about by Russell M. Nelson
“Death separates “the spirit and the body [which] are the soul of man.” (D&C 88:15.) That separation evokes pangs of sorrow and shock among those left behind. The hurt is real. Only its intensity varies. Some doors are heavier than others. The sense of tragedy may be related to age. Generally the younger the victim, the greater the grief. Yet even when the elderly or infirm have been afforded merciful relief, their loved ones are rarely ready to let go. The only length of life that seems to satisfy the longings of the human heart is life everlasting.”
“Irrespective of age, we mourn for those loved and lost. Mourning is one of the deepest expressions of pure love. It is a natural response in complete accord with divine commandment: “Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die.” (D&C 42:45.)
“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. Knowingly we wanted the risks of mortality, which would allow the exercise of agency and accountability. “This life [was to become] a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God.” (Alma 12:24.) But we regarded the returning home as the best part of that long-awaited trip, just as we do now. Before embarking on any journey, we like to have some assurance of a round-trip ticket. 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. (See 2 Cor. 6:9.) As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth; we fully flower in heaven.”