I don’t remember an apostle ever passing away on the day of general conference before today. My heart goes out to him and his family. After we listened to the remarkable talks that each seemed to apply directly to us, Blakely asked me a question.
“Mom, do you think Elder Hales will get to see daddy on his way up?”
I confirmed that it was possible. She hugged me and smiled through her tears.
The talks from general conference have lifted and strengthen us and answered many questions.
I have felt conflicted about blogging this week but have a few things to share today.
Some coworkers came this past week to deliver a plaque for Amos. They have so much love and respect for him and wanted to find a way to let me know. They have a duplicate of this beautiful tribute hanging at work. It reads…
Arizona Department of Corrections
In loving memory of Amos Abplanalp – Psychology Associate 2015-2017
Amos selflessly served the Arizona Department of Corrections with professionalism, integrity and distinction. To know him was to love him. His service has left an endearing legacy for his colleagues to emulate and honor.
“The great use of Life is to spend it for something that will outlast it” William James, Psychologist
They also brought some things they found in his office including a card from several of the inmates. It was a birthday card that they had converted to a get well card and given to him before his passing. It had such special messages in it that I will treasure. He didn’t talk about work much at home. I was surprised to learn that the hearts of these maximum security prisoners were filled with concern and compassion for him. To know him really was to love him.