I just found out today that a dear friend of mine from college, Mark Benson, passed away form Leukemia last month. A blog of his final months is found at helpmarkfight.blogspot.com
I was in the middle of entertaining 30 teenagers for Joshua's 16th birthday party (will tell about that later) when I happened to see an email from Teresa telling me about it. (Please don't ask why I am glancing at email while entertaining 30 teenagers - long story - but it was a good reason - it really was - I promise...) I had to stop for a few minuters and try to digest the news and then shed some tears. I just loved Mark Benson. We all thought it was so cool that Pres. Benson (who became the prophet during that freshman year when we were at college together) was his great-uncle. Mark was so much fun to be around, and he had a depth of character that I admired. The double date when I went with Mark and Shauna went with Wes to the dance - SO MUCH FUN. Our trip to his farewell in Preston was also one of the truly fun memories I have of that year. I have a deep regret that we did not keep in touch and send Christmas cards like we promised to. I pray for his wife and three daughters. It's really, really hard to think about their lives right now. I pray that the Lord will bless them.