Helping hand: Good neighbors stand up to help family after tragedy

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  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    April 8, 2012 8:29 p.m.

    A wonderful story that should set us all to thinking what we can do. I'm saddened, however, at A Scientist's mean spirited comment about wishing that people didn't need it to be a "calling" and complaining about it being a burden on those who try to help out of common decency. If that is truly what you are doing, don't draw attention to if, just do it.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    April 8, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    Distant Thunder,

    You opined, "It's hard to understand why God "allows" evil and suffering. I think this is why: so that God's love can be made manifest through our love for each other."

    That strikes me as like a parent starving their children so the genius of their cooking can be fully manifest; or a doctor harming, poisoning, and infecting people so that their healing skills can be best appreciated and admired.

    That good people help others in need should never give us a twisted appreciation for evil and suffering, much less make us grateful for them.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    April 7, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    Mr Soda's faith is impressive to think, I don't know what to do, but I have to do something. And then be a community leader and inspire so many other people. Sometimes it just takes a sparkplug of a person to dive in. That's real courage - and most people don't have it. It's taking action without the understanding of HOW things can work or even if they will work.

    The other issue is drug addiction from pain killers and the absolutely horrific suffering that accompanies it. People kill themselves because it's like lying with a broken back or broken leg without any hope for pain relief. The pain is unimaginable. It's like an emotional migraine, but instead of a headache, it's called a psyche-ache and we need to be more sensitive to people who are suffering this terrible pain.

    It's hard to understand why God "allows" evil and suffering. I think this is why: so that God's love can be made manifest through our love for each other.

    Happy Easter!

  • kathybeebee Ephrata, WA
    April 7, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    I wish there were more stories like this to be written, instead of, "No you can't play with them. They are different from us!"

  • Utah Businessman Sandy, UT
    April 7, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Kudos to these wonderful, truly Christian people--it does not matter what religion they are! This is a great part of what this nation is all about--voluntarily helping others when there is a need.

  • RyanWhiting OREM, UT
    April 7, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    This is great! Making the world a little bit better! :)

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    April 7, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    The news is boiling over with tragedy, ills and chaos. And yet, in almost every corner there are people who are not corrupt, not selfish and not frozen in front of the television or internet while the world caves in around them.

    I find it interesting that when a controversial issue appears in the Deseret News, the number of comments are well over one or two hundred. But when a faith promoting, example of Christianity in action story graces these pages, only a handful of people respond.

    "Have I done any good in the world today?" I would like to think so. I don't think it has to be as dramatic as this heart wrenching story portrayed, but it's nice to know that such people exist who live by what they preach and preach positive sermons every day of their lives.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    April 7, 2012 11:20 a.m.

    Sorry, that should be "undefiled", but the spell checker thinks it is smarter than me.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    April 7, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    Kudos to the neighbors and the Mountain Springs Community Church in Salt Lake City. That is "true religion and undefined."

    I wish my neighbors understood that spirit. They won't do anything without it being a "calling" from their Church leaders. It leaves quite a burden on those of us who try to help out of common decency.

  • MealyMouth Alpine, UT
    April 7, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing this. It is a very touching story. The Savior answered the question, "Who is my neighbor?"

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    April 7, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    My goodness, I couldn't read it without tears of sadness and joy. If only more people would reach out and help others this wonderful world of ours could be renewed with love, kindness, hope and forgiveness.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    April 7, 2012 7:30 a.m.

    Wow, The perfect example of following the Savior's teachings, especially on Easter weekend!

  • nola413 Kaysville, UT
    April 7, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    What a wonderful story about neighbors helping neighbors!