Annie Schmidt's Brother Shares the Song He & Annie Were Working on When She Died, "Why Do You Have to Go?"

"Before my sister Annie left on her LDS mission a few years ago, we wrote a song together about her leaving. Life happened and we never got around to finishing it. Months before she passed, we fell back in love with the song and were working towards finishing it," writes Spencer Schmidt, the brother of Annie Schmidt who went missing on October 16 and whose remains were recently found.

"Perhaps because the whole experience was so surreal, I never cried during the past two weeks... until I listened to this song. I sat in my basement and just wept, because the words weren't just sending her off to Georgia for a year and a half but they were now sending her off to the next life. The timing of the song for me was a powerful witness to me that god lives and that he wanted to give my family and I a gift that we could cherish for the rest of our mortal lives. It is not yet finished but I wanted to share with everyone a 30-second clip of it, in the hope that anyone (especially those who have lost a loved one) could draw strength from it's message."

Here's another song by The Piano Guys featuring Spencer and Annie together and that says, "It is, kind of bittersweet . . . like if you heard, that a loved one had been lost, but their last words were, I know this is my time, I am strong." Our prayers go out to the Schmidt family!

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