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LDS Teen on "America's Got Talent" Testifies "Families Are Forever" After Father's Funeral


Directly after her live performance for the semifinals on America's Got Talent, 13-year-old Evie Clair received heartbreaking news: her father, Amos Abplanalp, was placed on life support.

After the results show for America's Got Talent, where Evie learned she would continue on to the finals, America's Got Talent made arrangements for the family to return home immediately so Evie could be with her father. He passed away on Thursday afternoon.

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Amos Abplanalp, who had been battling stage 4 colon cancer, discovered he had cancer in April 2016 while he was serving as a bishop in Florence, Arizona. He continued to serve as bishop through his first surgeries, receiving "blessings from above to do so," a video description on Evie's YouTube channel states.

During her time on America's Got Talent, Evie has dedicated her songs to her father, to give him strength.

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Before her father went on life support, Evie told Parade, "We know that is all part of a bigger plan and everything is going to be all right.”

On Thursday morning, Evie posted this touching picture to Facebook, testifying that "families are forever."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Abplanalp family.

Lead image from Evie Clair's Instagram
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