Thursday, February 19, 2009
This past Monday I received a belated Christmas present from my son Steve, who lives near Washington, D.C. When I opened it and saw the inscription on the DVD it contained I was speechless. "Could this mean what I think it might mean?" I asked myself silently. I called Steve to ask him how and why he had sent it.
It turns out that Steve had attended a Sunstone Symposium East session recently, where Darius Gray and Margaret Blair Young were presenters. They screened this film for the audience, which was based on their published trilogy of books called Standing on the Promises, the story of the black Mormon experience.
After the presentation Steve introduced himself and learned that Darius and Margaret were familiar with our family name. Steve then asked if they knew his father's experience on 25 July 1965, which happened the very night his wife Nicole was born. They did not. So, Steve told them. Hence the inscription. "To Eugene: Thank you for preparing the way. What you did mattered." THAT had been the hill his father chose to die on. [See: "Carmel Beach Challenge", January 1965]