Appreciate the here and now

Life is so fragile.

Sometimes I get too comfortable and I forget that we all have an individual, divine purpose here.
I don't ever want something like this or this to have to remind me that with my own family.
As I came across this close to home story about this young man, I also came across one of my old posts (that you can read here) talking about when Elder Nelson came to talk to my stake. The words he spoke to us about sick loved ones stirred up in my mind again.

My brother, Kevin.
Sometimes I complain about him, and other times I become resentful of the situation, but I'm grateful and saddened by the experiences that have to bring me back down to truly see the gift of a brother I have. I can't imagine what it will be like the day if - or when - we lose him. Unfortunately, it's the reality we face. Although none of us are perfect, I am eternally grateful for the brothers and the family I was given here on this earth. And I know without a doubt in my mind that families are forever.

He never complains. Well, he never complains about the life he was given. He's always optimistic about the future. He is honestly one of the funniest kids I know and he always laughs at my jokes too, even if they're not funny.
Love you, Shankapottamus.

He hates this picture.

Military ball

On the San Clemente pier

RoboHitler and the Third Reich

How he acts every day of his life.

 Bruther and seester

BYU football for LYPHE

He's always wanted to be an ice cream taste tester.

Unexpected homecoming
But he returned with honor.

Basically, I just want to say I love my brother Kevin (and Andy and my parents). And when I sent him a quick text with my love, he was a bit confused as I had never done that before. But that's the point, I had never done that before and I wanted him to know it with a surety that I do indeed love him.

Brothers and sisters, this Gospel is real and the Atonement does work. 

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