Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Very Worthy Cause

I am sure some of you have heard of the wonderful Payne family who has suffered so much in the last month and a half. I have been wanting and wanting to post something about it for awhile now but every time I go to do it, I just get too emotional.
You see, I know Tom and Joy Payne.
I know them as Brother and Sister Payne.
I think I was about 14 when they moved into our ward in Mesa. Joy was called into Young Womens and was one of my leaders up until I graduated. She is amazing. Tom was in Young Mens and we all knew just how cool he is.
She would have us over at her house to hang out, and was always there if you needed someone to talk to. I can't even tell you what a good example she was to me when I was a youth. I never even told her what an impact she had in my life.

When I got the call from my dad about little Jaxon, my heart just broke, and continued to brake each time I thought about it. Then to know the hardships they have had with their youngest Easton and his medical issues, my first thoughts were "Why them?"
At Jaxon's funeral I was reminded again at how amazing Tom and Joy are. They spoke together and gave the most beautiful eulogy I have ever heard. They spoke of the love our Father in Heaven has for each of us, and were so strong.
Now I hear of just how much they are going through right now, and I wish there was some way for me to help. When Lana Shumway (another leader I had in Young Womens, I know I had the best leaders ever!) posted a pledgie account to help them, I knew we could maybe help just a little.
So now I am putting it here so all of you can read their story and hopefully help in any way you can. Please know how amazing this family is and how much help they really need.

Here is the link to their Pledgie Page

Thanks friends.