What I Think About Alec and his Cancer

IMG_20141226_164303It kills me that  I have to chill in Rexburg, Idaho doing my school thing while Alec and family are taking this cancer thing head on in Utah. I wish I was home and could help more, but I can’t do that right now. I think a lot about Alec, and all this crap he has to go through. I hate that this has to happen to him, because he is the most perfect kid ever and he doesn’t deserve it. All his pain and suffering seems so unnecessary and unfair. I have also thought a lot about the role God plays in this whole thing. Get ready, because I am about to get a little spiritual on you here. There are a couple of scriptures I want to share that help me remember God and his role; they help me remain composed throughout this cancer ordeal. In Doctrine and Convents 58:3 it says:

Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.

We can’t see God’s big plan, and we don’t know why he is “letting this happen” to Alec, but we know that God is in charge and this is his “design.” So much garbage happens in this world that seems unfair and wrong, but God will judge us in righteousness, and someday we will understand why it all played out the way it did as we look back and connect the dots. The next scripture I want to jump to is Doctrine and Covenants 121:7-8, it states:

My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.

“Triumph over all thy foes”. I love it! If we endure our adversities well, we will triumph over all our foes. To be triumphant means to have achieved victory or success. It can also mean the act, fact, or condition of being victorious.  I know Alec, and I know that he will endure this trial well, and that he will remain faithful to God until the end. Whether he lives or dies, he will stand triumphant. I care about Al more than he realizes, and I hope that I can handle whatever happens and stand triumphant with him.



5 thoughts on “Triumph

  1. Lisa January 4, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I am so grateful you have such a amazing family. I hate that Alec and your family is going through this! Prayers!


  2. Jennifer Jones January 4, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    My heart is so full. You really summarized Alec’s journey beautifully. Thanks, Braydon. We love you all.


  3. Abby January 4, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I especially liked your take on victory. It is so nice to be able to be connected to you and your family at this time. Love you!


  4. Sundee Unsicker January 4, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Thanks again Braydon!

    Braydon made us all TRIUMPH stickers to remind us that Alec always stands triumphant.

    I put mine on the frig so I will see it often. It makes me think that we can all TRIUMPH over our foes because “…..all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.” (2 Nephi 2: 24)

    I remember reading this chapter with the family many years ago, Alec read verse 27, “….they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.” Alec’s responds was, “It’s a no brain er.”

    I love your faith Alec.


  5. Jacqueline Whitaker January 11, 2015 / 9:25 am

    I am so blessed to know your family. You are my heroes!


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