I was originally supposed to give one of the workshop presentations on Friday. However, last week I found out that my services were no longer needed.
They only gave us a theme of "Diamonds in the Rough," and we had been told that we could give our presentations on any topic, as long as we could relate it back to that theme. My presentation had been titles: "Comfort for those who stand in need of comfort: Surviving and thriving in our Personal Liberty Jails." It turns out that every workshop presenter and speaker spoke on similar themes.
We got back to Utah, only to find out that two members of my ward were in a freak accident and one of them died.
Mosiah 18:9 says that church member should be willing to "mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort."
Ecclesiastes 3 also tells us:
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.