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MR says: What a humble guy, all nervous to sing for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. And what a beautiful performance!
These chapters are excerpted from The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live Without Regret, by Richie Norton.
What You Must Know First: Gavin’s Law
A decision had to be made. The impossible decision.
A nurse quietly entered the room and injected a dose of epinephrine into his I.V. I wouldn’t have noticed her, except that when she left, she slid the glass door closed behind her and drew the outer curtain for our privacy.
We were alone. After days and days of incessant attention by multiple doctors and hospital staff, the room was completely quiet. Quiet, that is, aside from the gentle rise and fall of the ventilator and the soft beep, beep, beep of the heart monitor.
Adrenaline coursed madly through my veins. The room spun around me as I sat, disoriented to the point of nausea, on a stool beside his bed. I gripped the bed rail to keep from tipping over. But I wasn’t watching him. My eyes were glued to her as she fell into the chair in the corner of the room and wept, chest heaving, face pressed hard into her hands.
“This is a decision we shouldn’t have to make,” she said almost imperceptibly, as she ran her hands frantically through her hair, pulling it tight away from her face.
Agony. There wasn’t any other word. I took her hands in mine and looked deeply into her eyes, and together, we made the impossible decision: Do not resuscitate.
Those were the wee hours of the morning on January 7, 2010.
Two Years Earlier
On a sunny Hawaiian day, in the spring of 2007, Gavin took a gray, plastic container and placed his journals, a beat-up card containing the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, and a few other precious possessions inside. He sealed the box and labeled it “To be opened 2027.” He took a Sharpie and adorned his treasure chest with a clever little drawing of a pirate and a short note to himself that read, “Hello, old man Gavin!”
In Doctrine and Covenants 115:4-6, the Lord calls to action all the people of His Church, inviting them to “arise and shine forth” so that their “light may be a standard for the nations.” He asks them to join together to support one another and become a “refuge from the storm.”
Echoing this call, the Church History Museum last year invited the youth of the worldwide Church ages 13 to 18 to participate in the museum’s first International Art Competition for Youth, submitting their representations of the 2012 Mutual theme, "Arise and Shine Forth."
While the museum has hosted an internatonal art competition for adults for several years, this is the first time it has hosted a competition for youth, but by looking at the results, you can tell it was merited: the artwork is stunning.
You can visit the Church History Museum in Salt Lake to view the artwork through June 2013, or you can browse the online gallery from wherever you are.
These are a few of our favorites:
Couples are finding themselves careening down a slippery slope of texting, chatting, posting, and creating intimate connections that are often inappropriate. Here is how to safeguard your marriage.
It was a typical day in my couples counseling practice. I listened to a heartbroken spouse tearfully share her pain regarding what her husband had done. She had just discovered he had been cheating on her for the past six months with one of his old high school girlfriends. “How did this happen?” I asked the husband. He began to cry as well. He didn’t understand how it happened. He mentioned making jokes with the woman on a social media site one day when he saw her post something humorous. From there he described a tale of secrecy that moved to fullblown sexual indiscretions. His wife found out because he left his phone on with one of her messages loaded.