Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Note from Christina Wood

I invited my siblings to contribute to the blog with a memory or a thought. Christina, 18, is the youngest of the six children. She has been an example to all of us in many ways. This is her letter:

Shortly after I learned about the terrible accident I was in complete shock. Time froze and I didn't want to accept the fact that my mother who I had just seen earlier that evening was not able to ever come home to me! You hear all of these stories about "people" experiencing death in their lives....but I never thought that this would happen to someone like me and my family. Throughout my entire life my mom has been the one that I was always able to go to when I had a question; it seemed like she had answers for everything. She was the one who tried to make sure that she was involved in my life and each of my siblings lives. She helped teach me some of the most difficult lessons of life. Even though the lessons she taught me were hard to learn sometimes, I will always cherish them for the rest of my life.
Aside from the Lord, my parents have been the most amazing examples in my life. They are people who have lived very simple lives, as long as I can remember. When it comes to others, my parents were always willing to help out in any way they could; they didn't like to publicize what they did but since the accident I have heard so many different ways that my parents have touched others' lives for good. Sometimes it is a little overwhelming because of the legacy my mother has left behind ...but I hope that if I try as hard as possible to be like my mom one day I can hopefully resemble her.
People have asked me why I am able to "be so strong" throughout all of this and my one and only response is because I know that we are an eternal family and I will see her again! I love you mom!


  1. Christina - Thank you for sharing your feelings about your mom and your sweet testimony. You are leaving a wonderful legacy for your mom! I'm so glad you are feeling strong and I know that the Spirit is helping comfort you and your family!

    Rick and Kris Wells and family

  2. Christina: You have such a strong testimony of the gospel and it is helping you, your family, and so many others through this tragedy. I knew your Mom when we were children and we had just recently reconnected. She was very excited to learn that I had joined the church with my husband in 1978 and raised our children in the church. The gospel and the testimony that your Mom helped you develop is the most incredible gift that you have and it will bring you through this very, very difficult time. My husband died when I was just 29 years old and it was the gospel- the comfort of the Holy Ghost that brought me through. It may not seem like it now, but you will come out on the other side of this stronger than ever, spiritually. Thank you for sharing!

    Erin Morris Sauls
    Modesto, CA

  3. You don't know me, but I came across this blog as I was looking for a recipe on a blog that was linked to this one. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and testimony. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My mother also passed away when I was 18 years old of cancer. It has been difficult at times, but I do find peace in knowing that I will see her again. Your mother is looking after you. I promise she is there more than you may realize and she will especially be there when you get married and become a mother yourself.