The following Email was sent to me by a dear TBM friend in the same stake as the Dale Smith Family missing in the recent plane crash:
Sent Friday evening, Dec 6, 2013 at 6:27 p.m. P.S.T.
Please forward this email to the sisters of the Relief Society and brothers in your quorums.
You may know that we still do not have any good news from Idaho about the Smith family.
The Blossom Valley Ward [San Jose California South Stake] will hold a ward prayer meeting tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 9:30 to 10:00 am at the Comanche Building [the Stake Center]. To avoid requiring Sunday dress, the meeting will be held in the gym. Members of all ages are invited.
This is NOT a mandatory meeting for anyone. Many members have a variety of obligations that will prevent them from attending, but the Blossom Valley Ward Bishopric will welcome anyone from the stake who may wish to attend the brief and simple service.
It boggles my mind, how the Mormons talk about the traumatic death of a family in the same breath as their dress codes. Who's thinking about petty details at a time like this? "Members" and "anyone from the stake" I take to mean this is a "Mormons only" gathering.
How sad. Small planes are dangerous, imo. It's very cold outside. I hope they survive.
"You may know that we still do not have any good news from Idaho about the Smith family."
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It is time to admit the obvious --
The airplane crashed in rugged mountainous terrain in winter weather and after five days of searching the wreckage site has not been located. As much as we would like Dale Smith and his passengers to be found alive and well, the time for expecting a miracle has passed.
May these good people Rest In Peace. In this time of sorrow, may God give comfort to the family and friends of the souls who perished in this accident.
exactly, one of my friends from HS, her husband went missing last Spring after hiking in the mountains in Europe. They gave it about 3 weeks before admitting he was probably no longer alive. Found his body during the Summer. Even though they were gross Mormons, I do feel bad for them. Especially for the couple that was going to be married.
I used to live in Boulder, Colorado. People from Boulder would often make the commute into Denver. Some fierce, sudden blizzards would often strike the highway between the two cities. In the winter, drivers were advised to always carry with them blankets, food, and water, because they would never know when a blizzard might strike and they would be stuck. I remember hearing stories of drivers whose lives were threatened because they were unprepared. Cold can kill.