Mormon young man faces loss of three family members with faith (+video)

Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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“I feel like those people beyond the veil are guiding me,” Ceran said.

Ceran also cherishes the relationship he maintains with his 25-year-old sister, Clarissa, and his dad (the two other survivors of the accident), as well as new family members.

In March of 2008, Gary Ceran remarried Corrine Peterson, and a stepmother and four stepsiblings joined the Ceran family.

“I can’t even express how blessed I am that I have two amazing moms,” Ceran said.

Amidst the ups and downs of blending a family, the Cerans continued to grow. In October of 2010, the family hosted four orphans from Ukraine for two weeks.

After spending days attempting to communicate using a few words from each of the two tongues, the Ceran’s decided they wanted to adopt three of the children who were siblings.

It wasn’t an easy process, but the Ceran’s saw miracles along the way. They were able to raise the $51,000 they needed by having garage sales and selling items door-to-door in different neighborhoods. Caleb was even able to sell the portrait he drew of President Thomas S. Monson for just more than $2,000.

During the adoption process, changes in Ukrainian laws attempted to ban Americans from adopting in that country, but after two trips to Ukraine, the Cerans returned with their three newest children: 14-year-old Christina, 11-year-old Alex and 9-year-old Jacob.

“They are honestly some of my best friends,” Ceran said, speaking of his three new siblings. “I feel like I’m in a movie or something. It’s just too good to be true that we have them.”

During his senior year of high school, Ceran began to struggle with resurfacing emotions of loss and to feel pain he’d never experienced before. Although he felt like a truly happy person, he realized he hadn’t completely been able to heal from his loss.

“Those pains and sufferings that I felt really helped me feel close to the Savior, and now I have so much more compassion for others,” Ceran said. “One of the greatest blessings of my trials has been to speak with other people who have dealt with trials.”

Through his times of trouble, Ceran relied on prayer, scripture study and playing the piano to bring him peace.

Recently, Ceran recorded a CD, which he’ll release in the coming weeks. He is selling it to raise money for his LDS mission.

One of the songs from the CD, titled “Part of Me,” has been released on YouTube.

Ceran dedicated this song to two people in his life: his mom and his best friend who moved to Germany after high school graduation.

His song features lyrics such as "Though you’re leaving now/though we’ll be far apart/I’m keeping you here close inside my heart/Though my eyes will not see you/I will still feel you near/your faith your strength and love will be forever part of me."

“I wanted to write that song because both my friend and my mom are part of me, and I just have kind of had that feeling where I know part of me is missing, but I know that it will come back,” Ceran said. “The song is to kind of say thank you for the way they’ve touched my life and inspired me. It’s a song to let them know I’ll never forget them.”

Megan Marsden is an intern with Deseret Digital Media. She writes for the Faith & Family section and is currently a junior at BYU-Idaho studying communication.

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