"The fight for freedom is God's fight.
So when a man stands for freedom he stands with God.
And as long as he stands for freedom he stands with God.
And were he to stand alone he would still stand with God.
A man will be eternally vindicated and rewarded for his stand for freedom."
--Ezra Taft Benson

Friday, July 1, 2016

Letter to Dave

Tonight I am going to share with you a letter that I wrote to my husband.  I usually don't share my letters but tonight I feel impressed to do so.

Hello My Love,

Tonight Brett came home from the movie and wanted to go camping where Logan was.  He told me that he wanted to take Payton and Bronco.  He said all I had to do is pack their bags and take them to Oak City to meet Logan.  I immediately told him that he could take Bronco but not Payton.  I didn’t want Payton to get hurt or lost in the Mountains and I not being able to take care of him.  Brett kept on bugging me and bugging me.  I kept on hesitating and kept telling him no. 

I went downstairs to get Payton ready for bed and I got this overwhelming feeling.  It was you.  I felt you tonight.  I could feel you telling me that it would be ok if Payton went with Brett and Bronco.  I could hear you say to me to let him go and have fun with his brothers.  I could hear you saying don’t worry Marylynn, Brett will take good care of him and he will snuggle right up to his big brother.  It made me become very emotional and I cried.  I knew you were right and I followed your advice and let the three brothers go up to Oak City for a camp out. 

I am grateful you were with me tonight.  I could feel you so close tonight.  I just wish I could have given you a hug.  I miss you dearly but I know that you are with us.  I know that you are constantly praying for us and thinking of us.  I know that you are here to help me when I feel extremely overwhelmed. I am grateful for this tender mercy that I experienced tonight and for the power of prayer.

Don’t worry my love, we will be together soon.  You will be reunited with your beautiful family and will be able to go on many camping trips with all of us.  You will be able to smell the wonderful fresh air, see the stars in the sky, smell and hear the sound of the campfire, enjoy a wonderful dutch oven dinner and lots of cuddling with your kids inside their sleeping bags.   Always, remember that you are not alone.  Heavenly Father is with you, angels are surrounding you and your family is constantly praying and thinking of you.   Love always and Forever, Marylynn  


  1. P.S. ~ About the books … Not sure if we sent this correctly & you received it.
    Plus forgot to mention that Maryann’s nickname is George,
    that does tend to confuse most people who don’t know her !
    She’s used this for some 40 yrs and it doesn’t look like
    she’s gonna change now … so … I’m pretty sure we’re stuck with it !

    Anyway, and not trying to be too wordy … a personal failing,
    it’s funny you two are Dave & Marylynn and we are
    Dave & Maryann, plus this Dave’s mothers’ name was Marilyn …

    Yea, we’d like to help Dave with a book or 2.

    Don’t know if he likes Cormac McCarthy, for our taste an absolutely fun writer to read and for help with “focusing issues”, these are the kind of books that are hard to put down !
    He wrote the Border Trilogy - all three westerns set in the SouthWest in roughly the 40’s thru 60’s ?
    The 1st, “All the Pretty Horses” we’d send … if he wants … and if he likes that we’d send the 2nd, “The Crossing” … and then the 3rd, “Cities of the Plain”.

    If perchance he’s read those, there are several other Cormacs , not westerns, we could look at.

    If that sounds good to him, let us know and they’ll be on their way real quick !

    Dave & George … (Maryann)

    PPS ~ Quite a wonderful letter to Dave by the way.

    1. Thank you so much for asking about the books. I am sorry that I haven't gotten back to you sooner. With the fourth of July and family in town then life has been kinda crazy. Dave really likes non fiction books. The one fiction books he does like are John Wayne books. He is a total cowboy at heart. Thanks for introducing yourselfs. I love your wifes name.

    2. Hi Marylynn ~

      No worries….you’re way more than entitled. We don’t know how you and all of your families are struggling through these times but know that we … and it looks like many, many others are thinking of you and wishing you well.

      Anyway, “All the Pretty Horses” is on its’ way altho … it may be on a slow boat from China according to the bookseller ! Estimated delivery is July 23 … Patience is a virtue, right ? But you knew that already ,,,

      Dave & George …

  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful yet personal experience! I love having people testify to the "signs" they are witnessing. It helps give courage to all of us that, when least expected, the blessings happen, the miracles come. God Bless You All and comfort you.
    Staying Vigilant,

  3. This made me cry Marylynn. With you and for you.
    We so missed the Dave Bundy family on Mt Trunmbull. Give the kids a hugs and kissed for me. Come see me.

  4. Flew a trip for Dave. Chris

  5. Check mailbox in St George for donation. Thanks