January 28, 2009

The latest on Christian

Christian was in town for a few days with Claire, Jane, and Oliver. It was so good to see them. Mary and Jack were especially glad to play with their cousins.

Here is a news clip of an interview Christian did while he was here, and here is the entire uncut interview.


  1. thank you (x1million!) for linking us to the interview. i loved feeling closer seeing christian live. still a blogger praying for your families.

  2. The video brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thank you for posting this. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers.

  4. Anonymous12:35 AM

    thank you alice.

  5. Thank you for sharing this...there are so many people who care about Christian and Stephanie, who are still praying for their recovery daily! I am glad your family got to spend time with them, I am sure you are missing them terribly!

  6. anonymommy10:38 AM

    It was nice to hear from Christian--thanks for the link!

    I know very little about the Mormon religion, but have noticed between the blogs and interviews that thanks are given to people who prayed, but no thanks or credit is given to God--what is the rationale for that? I appreciate your answer--thanks!!

  7. anonymommy,
    That is such a great question. I think the reason is that because "we" (and I speak for myself, and I'm pretty sure I can speak for Christian because we were raised by the same parents) thank God daily in our prayers and sometimes we think that is enough. I know that Christian was specifically wanting to address his thanks to the people viewing the interview because there are so many people he can't thank personally.

    But even though we thank God in our personal prayers, family prayers, etc., we don't do a very good job of thanking God publicly. We do it in church and in our families, but we need to remember to thank Him openly as well.

    Please don't take it as ingratitude or a failure to recognize God's hand in our lives.... it's not. We are just weak and imperfect humans.

    Thanks for the reminder! :)

  8. ... one last comment...

    I think we as "Mormons" are sometimes afraid of being accused of pushing our religion, and so we sometimes go to the other extreme and not say anything about our faith. I suppose we need to find the right balance.

  9. Anonymous2:34 PM

    Beautifully said! When I read your blog I can feel the love you have for your family! Thankyou!

  10. Liane2:39 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing with us !

  11. I watched the entire longer interview - when I saw it was 20 minutes, I didn't think I would stick for the whole thing. But once I started, I wanted to hear and see everything. And one's heart goes out to them. I felt Christian's sadness through the video and also through Stephanie's blog yesterday. And there is a tremendous amount of sadness to the situation, and a stage of mourning for their former life to go through. But I know they know how lucky they are to both be alive, with many good years ahead of them.

    I don't know what any of us can say except that we are sad with you, and happy with you, and pulling for you all the time. Please give them our best.

  12. Thank you for sharing the link with us, Alice.

    Christian gave a sincere, thoughtful interview on very personal matters. The difficulty and enormity matters is very evident.

    You all continue to be in our prayers.

  13. anonymommy8:21 PM

    Thanks for explaining, Alice! I didn't think that it was ingratitude--from the little I have learned, I was wondering if it involved recognizing "good works" from others. Thanks again!

  14. Dear Alice,
    May I add my thoughts to those you shared with anonymommy? As a memeber of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)I have been taught all of my life that we all are God's hands on this Earth. He blesses us through the good works of others. When we serve others we are serving Him. I also thank Him daily in my prayers and recognize His blessings in public when the occasion allows. I think we as members of the faith feel that when we express gratitude to those who have served us we are also recognizing our Father in Heaven's blessings. They are certainly all tied together. He is Great and Good and all we have comes from Him!

    Thanks for sharing your faith and love with us all! Blessings to you and your family.

  15. thank you for this link. I wish I could take it away from them!! i guess that's what the Resurrection is for--everything will be good again, as it was. As I pray for them, though, I feel that they will be ok again. I can't imagine what it must be like. I really wish there was something I could do. and then to have the financial worries on top of it all! I feel so so bad for them.

  16. Thank you Marianne. Very well said.

    And thank you all for your kind words and graciousness. Thank you for still praying and caring!

  17. Dearest Alice, Once again I must say, you are every bit the lovely lady that your mother is. You are beyond kind in opening yourself to the judgement of others by keeping the people who have fallen in love with your family informed. What an example of the Holy Family you all continued to be. I believe that most of your readers come here because we know that here we can always find love. **blows kisses** Deborah


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