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Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 1:55 p.m. MDT

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tedd
Covington, KY

While I can't say that this young woman did not receive a prompting to leave, and I'm glad that she or anyone else that left did leave the area before the explosions, the implication of her story is that either 1) everyone else there did not receive any prompting to leave or 2) that they did receive such a prompting and ignored it.

While I'll admit that those two things are possible in the sense that anything is possible, it seems like an insensitive thing to imply, particularly at this point.

FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

One of the top ten prompting's I've ever heard about. October 2012 General Conference President Monson's talk on "Promptings, and Inspirations". Learn to follow them.

HollyA
Tooele, UT

Very thankful she is ok :) However, what does being a Mormon have to do with the story? Can she be a Baptist or Catholic and be just as blessed to have survived? Would the headline read "Baptist Woman Recounts Experience..."? I think not. I realize the Deseret News is owned by the LDS Church, but the readership isn't 100% Mormon.

jeanie
orem, UT

Yes, follow those promptings.

My family and I were picnicking at a beautiful park one evening when I started to feel strongly we needed to go. I could not think of a good reason for leaving, we were all enjoying ourselves. The feeling of urgency would not go away so we packed up and left. The next day we found out a large tree that we had been very near had fallen over on a group of picnickers killing two of them just 20 minutes after we left.

Likely we would not have been physically harmed, but my young family was spared the trauma of being involved in such a difficult experience.

sammyt1031
Provo, UT

To tedd:
People have drawn out implications such as those when, for example, Elizabeth Smart was found and her parents talked about the power of their faith and prayers that helped save Elizabeth. Others often ask the question, "Well, if them, why not me? Don't I have enough faith?" I doubt the girl in this story wanted to imply what you are saying. She knows, as everyone did at the Marathon Massacre, that three people died, and dozens others were injured. She even specifically mentioned "...how fortunate [she] really was." I believe that to make such judgments is unfair, because she very well may not have meant it. The central idea from these stories is the gratitude they feel to God. They don't know why other people weren't so fortunate, but that doesn't mean they can't thank God for what He did for them. They can say a prayer of thanks, then go help those that, for whatever reason, were not so fortunate.

Rose Johnson
Red Deer, Alberta

We may never know in this life why some people get promptings and others don't (perhaps didn't recognize them or weren't meant to receive a prompting at that time) and we shouldn't worry about it. Our job is to make what we can with the life we've been given, to do our best to learn and grow and help others. What we lack here will more than be made up later.

KWL
Bountiful, UT

For some of the comments--sometimes people have miracles. Sometimes people who are just as deserving don't. I don't know why. I do know that there's a whole book in the Bible about a man named Job whose friends thought they knew the answer to this question, but I seem to recall someone authoratative telling them they were wrong.

To ignore the miracles and kindnesses that happened that day and not be grateful for them has to be as wrong as ignoring the tragedy.

tedd
Covington, KY

KWL and sammyt1031 (and anyone else this is relevant to)

I don't mean at all to say that promptings and miracles can be unevenly dispersed even among evenly deserving people. I know of times in my life that I have received promptings to overcome difficulties when people in similar situations have not. And times when I have not and others have. I accept God's will in my life in those circumstances and am grateful when he blesses me with guidance and accept when he blesses me with trials.

My point is only that, whether or not the girl meant to imply this, she did imply it nonetheless. Just as we can't choose the consequences of our actions, we can't choose the implications of our statements.

People that don't have the same foundation of faith that many (thought not all) of Deseret News' regular readers have will read this and take a very different message from it than many of us do - I've talked to some people that have. I think that so close to a tragedy like this is the time to publicly support those affected and privately be grateful that we weren't.

tedd
Covington, KY

And if the Deseret News wants a story that is both 1) appreciative of inspiration and 2) sensitive to those who were affected, then find someone, Mormon or not, that was inspired to help in some way. Not someone who was inspired to leave. While both are valid inspirations, one is a story that even those suffering can be grateful for.

jeanie
orem, UT

I agree with KWL and Rose. None of us are protected from every tragedy, but sometimes we are and not because we are more deserving than others who suffer.

tedd
Covington, KY

Correction to my comment - "I don't mean at all to say that promptings and miracles can't [it did say "can"] be unevenly dispersed even among evenly deserving people." I meant to agree with others on that point, not disagree.

Dektol
Powell, OH

What does being a mormon have to do with the story?

MrsH
Altamont, UT

Inspiring, well-written story. Can't we take it for what it is instead of picking it apart?

Glad the young lady is OK. My sympathy and prayers for the ones who were not so fortunate.

the REAL DEAL
Sandy, UT

@Dektol

Thanks you for asking the best question. "What does being Mormon have to do with this story?"

3 people died. 100's were injured. The Mormon girl was 1 of only thousands and thousands that were not injured. There were probably 10,000 catholics that survived unscathed also. Being Mormon had absolutely nothing to do with her survival.

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

I don't take the printed issue anymore, so I'm not sure--was this story in the regular paper or in the "Mormon Times" section? If the latter, the writer was obviously trying to appeal to a Mormon audience. If in the regular paper, there may be some room for criticism on a strictly professional viewpoint. But remember that the owners of the paper--the LDS Church--is a missionary oriented church, and the members feel some obligation to do their part. Whether that desire came from the reporter, or the girl herself, we don't know.

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

To:FT1/SS - you are absolutely right. It just wasn't this young woman's time to go as with thousands that attended the marathon. I truly believe there is a reason for everything that happens, good or bad. We are to trust in the Lord and live our life as closely as we can to the life of Jesus Christ. It's sad that lives had to be taken, and if there is any anger or frustration to what happened, there should be anger at the two men? responsible for causing this nightmare for all these wonderful people.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

NO ONE got a "real" prompting to leave. Everyone has a time to leave, at any event.

For instance:
A young man walked up to a man in the crowd, and laid a heavy and bulky backpack at the man's feet....then the young man walked away. The man didn't even question what was going on, so stood there for 2.5 minutes until the bomb exploded and blew his legs apart.

Yes, the injured man is being called a hero because he was able to confirm the identity of the man in the picture .... but for gosh sakes! That man was NOT chosen in any way, to be a victim. Sometimes, in a crowd, we just move along ... or not.

Aberlemno
San Antonio, TX

All the comments are very interesting. What we won't ever know is whether the women from Maine got a spiritual prompting. It doesn't seem logical to me that women out for the day with family would have a compelling reason to go out of their way to invite a stranger to lunch. When their is no logical explanation I have to wonder if there might have been some other factor that compelled them to act.

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