Monday, March 4, 2013

Mitchell Dee Jones

"There's a little bit of heaven in your home when someone from your home is in heaven."

Mitchell's obituary, posted today on their facebook page ~

Mitchell Dee Jones April 29, 2002 - March 2, 2013

Mitchell Dee Jones died of acute heart failure at the tender age of 10 years old in his home at 1:30AM Saturday, March 2nd 2013. At age 3, Mitchell was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a catastrophic muscle wasting disease that is generally fatal by late teens/early twenties. Mitchell’s health took a turn for the worse in the Spring of 2012 when his family learned Muscular Dystrophy had prematurely destroyed his heart and threatened to shorten his life much sooner than expected. For the next 9 months his parents worked closely with his cardiologist to save their little boy and slow the progression. But the ravages of Muscular Dystrophy would not be curbed.

Mitchell will always be remembered for his quiet dignity, gentle love of others, sense of humor, luck with board games, his love of life, adventure and family. Even though his body was weak, his spirit was quiet and strong – and those that got to know him felt it.

At the time of his passing, Mitch still believed in Santa, thought girls were gross and thought his mother was the most beautiful, comforting person on earth. Mitchell had a unique bond with his father whom he loved so much. Our sweet son placed a high premium on his relationship with family and being home - something that has changed our lives forever.

Mitchell’s Journey as documented on Facebook has had a unique impact across the globe. His life and story has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of people of all ages, religions, and cultures. His legacy of innocence, love and faith will leave a ripple effect of softened hearts and inspiring faith in God that may never be truly understood in this life. It would seem that he is the personification of “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” (Alma 37:6) 


A friend recommended this talk to me today, given by Elder David A. Bednar last night at a fireside, titled "That We Might 'Not...Shrink' (D&C 19:18)".  Elder Bednar's remarks begin at 18:43.  As I listened to it, I couldn't help but think of Mitchell's parents and how they have showed so much faith through this trial, wanting their sweet boy to stay, but trusting in God's will for them and for Mitchell.  I hope to be as strong as them in whatever trials I may face in life.

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