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Published: Thursday, Nov. 1 2012 7:24 p.m. MDT

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terlds
Ogden, UT

This was a very touching story. Thank you Deseret News. I would love to see more like this.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm sorry for the family's loss. I sort-of participated in the search by distributing flyers in my neighborhood.

But I just have to ask, is there any outcome to this tragedy that _wouldn't_ be interpreted as "divine providence?"

suess
Salt Lake City, UT

@Blue
"is there any outcome to this tragedy that _wouldn't_ be interpreted as "divine providence?"

I don't know if you have any religious background or belief, but having met this family over the weekend, it was obvious they had a strong belief in a higher being, and I'm sure there were many prayers being offered. These were the words from Fritz's son, and I'm sure it's his belief in a higher power. Were I in his situation, I would have been mortified at the possibility of my father's body lying in a remote area until spring. Yes, I'm sure the family feels it's divine providence, and how dare you question their beliefs. Shame on you

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

suess,

If the missing man had been found alive, we can be certain that some people would claim it was "divine intervention."

I've sat in churches my whole life listening to people attribute to divine intervention pretty much everything that has happened in the world, no matter how trivial or easily explained, which to me makes no sense.

My condolences to the family for their loss. My original question is not directed at the family, but at this newspaper's decision to quote them on their claim of divine intervention.

Rodman4250
Sandy, UT

Hi Blue,

When a reporter reports on a story, it is considered good journalism if the person being interviewed, i.e. Jacob Helland, is quoted exactly as he makes a statement. If Jacob states he felt it was divine providence, then let the quote stand. A journalist should never use his own bias or prejudice in deciding whether to include a subjective statement unless the statement is slanderous.

You can decide in your own heart if Jacob's statement has merit. I, for one, know Jacob and I'm glad the reporter saw fit to quote him exactly. It properly conveys the feelings of the family. That's really all that's important here.

rlsintx
Plano, TX

Regarding "divine intervention" - there's probably far more of it that we recognize in the present. DC 59:21

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