Saturday, December 09, 2006

"Left to Tell"

I just finished a powerful book by Immaculee Ilibagiza entitled "Left to Tell." Immaculee is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. To survive, she spent 2-3 months hiding in a small 1/2 bathroom with 7 other women. The desciption of the holocaust is gut wrenching. But the most amazing part of the book is the personal relationship Immaculee develops with God while hiding in the bathroom and her story of forgiveness when she finally faces the man who hunted her and killed her family. This story reminds me that as Latter-day Saints, we do not hold a monopoly on miracles, faith, or forgiveness. This is a story that we can all learn from and be inspired by.

Her story reminds me of the famous quote by Francis Webster who was a membor of the ill-fated Martin and Willie Handcart Company. In response to some critics he said, "We suffered beyond anything you can imagine and many died of exposure and starvation, . . .every one of us came through with the absolute knowledge that God lives for we became acquainted with him in our extremities."

Listen to her story at:

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