Tragedy, Basketball, and Ministering One-on-One

Tragedy, Basketball, and Ministering One-on-One

When Tory and Deedra Russell lost their son Austen in a tragic accident involving Troy’s truck, they struggled to get through a single day. In a new video from the Church, the Russells share how simple ministering efforts, such as an invitation and ride to a weekly ward basketball game, eased their burdens of grief.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who once shared the Russell’s story, said of the video, “I invite you to watch this video of the experience I once shared about how the Christlike love of a friend helped one man overcome overwhelming grief in the wake of the death of his son. In your own circumstances, may you be God’s emissaries to His children, and love and care and pray for the people you are assigned. May you be vigilant in tending the flock of God in ways consistent with your circumstances.”

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