We have two young French friends serving in that mission and our friends preside
over that mission. Our hearts go out to all of Elder Palmer's family and
loved ones and to all the missionaries and mission leaders in Madagascar who are
suffering this loss as well. We received a letter (email) on Monday from one of
the missionaries telling us about this and it was obvious that the missionaries
were shocked by the terrible loss of a noble young man who was their esteemed
Thank you God for Matthew Palmer, thank you to Matthew Palmer.
May we all 'continue to serve' after our deaths by donating every part
of the body that might be useful to someone else.
What a great person he was!! You are very strong people!
May God bless his family.
I can't even imagine the pain that the family must be feeling right now.
If only there were a way to take on their pain for a while, I would gladly do
it, so they could just catch their breath.I didn't have the
privilege of knowing Matthew or the Palmer family, but I am a better person
having just heard about him. What more could a mom ask for then to have a son
Matt Palmer was the perfect example of what a young man should be. He was hard
working, dedicated, and responsible. He was devoted to his family, church, and
community. He will be truly missed.
Family members in their 94th and 102nd years recently passed, and we feel a lost
past. When one so young dies, the holes felt most acutely are not only past
remembrances, but a future left unshared. Each holiday will include a shade of
pain. Each celebration, a thought of what the beloved would have said or done.
Time does not heal; it only distances our memories.Knowing the
gospel plan, people often say really stupid things. I know, because I also lost
a son. Yes. We know he is in the celestial kingdom. Yes, we are pleased, and
yes, his example will help our family endure to the end...but his loss will be
felt each day.I urge each person who knew him well to write down a
favorite memory of Matthew Palmer. It can be good or even a prank just you and
he shared-something the family doesn't know is great. Write or print it on
good quality paper, and give it to the family in about a year, or on Christmas
2016, or Groundhog Day 2034. In future years, don't be afraid to speak his
name. Knowing he is remembered brings great joy.
My condolences to the family.
What a sweet and amazing story of faith and compassion. My twin sister died
suddenly when we were 23 years old. The past 12 years I have learned and grown
so much in my faith and knowledge of the atonement and the love Heavenly Father
has for His children. She donated her organs as well and there was a very
distinct sense of joy in knowing that through her death, other families were
being blessed with being able to hang on to their loved ones a little longer. I
have been able to realize that by dying, she was able to accomplish a righteous
desire beyond her ability to accomplish in this life. Her husband has since
joined the church, been sealed to my sister, remarried in the temple and is
raising a beautiful family in the Gospel. I hope you are able to find peace
even if only in small moments. Heavenly Father and our loved ones are close to
us all the time. I pray that you will feel their presence.
God bless Matthew and God bless his family for turning their tragedy and
heartache into someone else's blessing!