I am not one to talk about personal or emotional things on the internet, but today I am in a bit a blue mood.
I have been around going on 63 years and have been blessed in my life to have anchors placed in my path that I could hold on to get through all the trials life has given me.
Yesterday, I was informed that one of my major anchors in my life is in the hospital to have open heart surgery today. Prognosis is not in his favor and he has had to deal with a lot of issues.
This man Garry Foote and his wife Georgia took an angry, hurt and broken teenager, who family environment was to say the least “hard”. Instead of doing what a lot of other people did and dismiss or ignore me, Garry and Georgia brought me into their circle and made sure that I knew they cared about me.
Garry is one of the primary reasons I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His love, kindness and above all “guidance” helped me see that there was more to life than what I knew at the time. Garry did not give me any slack, he expected me to behave in a Christ like way and would call me on my attitude at times when needed, but always done in love.
When the time came, he helped me decide to serve a mission, which brought me to another great couple President and Sister Patterson, who also had a great influence on my life. He helped my Dad who was not a member of our faith to understand the importance of why I was serving on a mission.
Garry and Georgia were there when I went through the temple to be sealed my wife. I use to call them my “LDS parents”, because they gave me all the advice and counsel a normal parent gives their own children.
There are very few people I feel blessed and honored to have as friends, I had three very special high school friends along with Garry and Georgia Foote, who helped me get on the right path and stay there. I owe them my life because I shudder at the thought of what I might have been without their influence in my life.
When I read in the scriptures about becoming and loving like Christ did, I think of Garry and Georgia Foote. Those two people not only believed in the gospel of Christ, but they lived it every day. They were and still are a great example to me of how to be as a true follower of Christ.
My heart and prayers go out to Gary and Georgia and all their family members during this very difficult time in their lives.