"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
The defense will start their case on April 3. Please continue to Pray and stand by Todd Engel, Eric J. Parker, Scott Drexler, Richard Lovelien and Steven Stewart who are in this first trial. Pray for their defense lawyers that they may be able to touch the jury by speaking the truth. Pray for the jury that they will be able to see the truth. Pray for the prosecutors and the judge that their hearts will be softened and they will have to tell the truth. Thank you to everyone for all of your support this past year. Please keep supporting these families and writing to them. We know that God is ultimately in control and these great men will be found not guilty. For updates on the trial starting next week look at John Lambs, Andrea Parkers or It matters how you stand facebook pages. They do a great job reporting the truth.
You can mail these men a letter and let them know you are thinking of them at:
I hope you are happy. Heavenly Father has blessed us alot this past year. Be sure to thank him often for these blessings. Thank him especially for so many good people who love him and us and who have shared so much love with us this past year.
Keep having patience and faith that we will soon be reunited. I don't know what his plan is for me and us but regardless of what it is I know we must continue being faithful to him at all times and having faith in our glorious reunion with each other in the future. I know I am not a very good writer, but don't ever doubt my love for you. I constantly think of you all day, everyday. My heart aches for you, each of you. I cry to Heavenly Father daily in my prayers that he will reunite us soon. I know he is aware and will reunite us on his time. We must have patience and faith in him. We are his children and he will take care of us.
I am so honored to be your father and husband. You are all so good and faithful. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for being able to call you my children and beautiful wife. Be happy, stay strong, say your prayers, read your scriptures. I'll love you for eternity.
Dave is the sweetest and most kindest man. We are so blessed to have him in our lives. We are grateful for how strong he is being during this trial. We can hardly wait for the glorious reunion that we will have when we are reunited as a family once again. Please continue to pray for our family and all the other families that are involved in this trial. Heavenly Father does listen to our prayers. He gives us strength when we feel we can not endure another day. This trial is extremely hard but we know that if we continue to have patience and faith in his plan that Dave will come back home to our family where he belongs. We love you all and are thankful for your love and support. We are indeed humbled and grateful for the kindness you have shown towards our family this past year. God bless you all.
Dave has been feeling really down lately. He has been feeling this way because he missed our little girls first birthday last year and then he missed her second birthday this last week. All he could think about is that he is missing on loving this little girl, giving her kisses, tickling her and holding her. So we decided to go to Pahrump to surprise him so he could see his little girl. We bought her a happy birthday crown so she could wear it while she talked to him. This visit really helped to lift Dave's spirits. Our little girl was really cute she blew kisses to him, waved to him and at the very end said Daddy I love you. He only could see here through the monitor but it really made his day. I was glad that we went down to see him but at the same time it breaks my heart that they won't allow any contact visits. I know Dave would have loved to give his little girl a hug and a kiss. But you are only allowed contact visits if you have been convicted of a crime. Our justice system has some major problems. They say you are innocent until proven guilty but you are treated far worse then those that are found guilty and convicted. Dave is in a maximum security detention center. As we were leaving our daughter said, "why do they have all these rolls of barbed wire?" All of the barbed wire have spikes on them and they are also electric. Our daughter said, "there is no reason to have so many rolls of barbed wire because no man can jump over the first roll." It is amazing to me that a 10 year old is smarter and more practicle then the leaders of our justice system. It is so sad that in America we have more prisoners than any other country. I thought we were the land of the free. I pray everyday that the leaders of this country will wake up and realize that our Justice system is broken and needs to be repaired immediately. Please continue to pray for the political prisoners. I hope that the next time I go to Pahrump will be to pick up my husband to bring him home.
Today marks the one year mark that my husband was taken away from our family. On March 3, 2016 my husband woke up early to take our nine year old daughter to catch the bus at school to go to a field trip to the State Capital. I remember him giving me a kiss goodbye before he left. He then headed to go to work on building our home. We were so excited for our new home to be built. We had waited six years to build a home and were so grateful that we were finally able to do it.
At 7:20 in the morning I received a phone call that has changed our life's forever. One of the workers who were helping to build our home asked me where Dave was? I said, "he went to work on the house." The worker then said, "well they have blocked off the street and will not let us down the road." I immediately started to feel sick. I asked him who? He said, "the FBI." I dropped the phone and screamed for my dad to help me. He drove me to our home and we saw the convoy of FBI agents leaving our property. Several FBI SUV's stopped me from following them. I got out of my car and asked them what they were doing with my husband. They told me they were just doing their job. I remember yelling and asking them why would they take my husband. I was so upset that I threw up on the ground. They told me that I could call their supervisor and discuss it with them and they drove away. I slowly learned throughout the day that the FBI also picked up thirteen other men on that same day including Dave's brother Mel.
My husband was taken to Weber County Jail in Utah. He was denied bail in Utah because they said he was a danger to the community and a flight risk even though our Mayor and County Sheriff welcomed him back into the community. He was then flown to Henderson, Nevada. There in Nevada our lawyer stood up and told the judge that Dave wanted his speedy trial rights and will be ready for trial in May. The judge denied his speedy trial rights and scheduled the trial for February. We tried for bail again in Nevada. Once again Dave was denied because they said he was a danger to the community and a flight risk even though Dave had zero criminal record and our Sheriff was willing to monitor him on pre-trial release. Dave was then moved to Pahrump, NV to a maximum security detention center. We were preparing for trial in February when in December the judge informed us that Dave would not be going to trial in February but would have to wait for two other groups to go first before his trial would begin. We have no idea when his trial will be. Some say August and now some are even saying the first of next year.
My heart has ached every day since March 3, 2016. I feel so sick inside to even right this post because it hurts to think he has been gone that long. Our hearts have been broken for a whole year now. Our children have not seen Dave physically in a year. The home that we were so excited to build is covered in snow and our funds for our home have gone to pay for lawyer fees. Dave has been deprived of so many moments with our family. He has missed all of the children's birthdays and all the holiday celebrations. He has been kept away from hearing our sweet baby talk and grow. He has missed out on sports games, piano recitals, camping trips with is family. These are moments and time that he will never be able to have back.
The children have changed also. You can tell that they are trying their best to be strong but every child needs their dad around. I find them crying at different times for their dad. They miss throwing the football with him. They miss working with him. They miss his hugs and kisses. They miss going on horse rides with him. They miss him tucking them into bed. I now sleep with at least three kids a night in my bed because these children miss their dad and do not want to sleep alone.
We pray everyday that this trial will be over soon. Our children need their dad home. I need my husband and best friend home. All of the men that were taken need to be home to their families. These are all good men. They are patriotic men who love this country. They are completely innocent of the bogus charges that they are being charged with. They do not deserve or do their families deserve what they are going through.
Even though this trial is hard Dave and I are not giving up. We have a very strong love for each other, our Country and God. Our children love their daddy tremendously. We know that Dave is a hundred percent innocent. He is definitely not the person that the government is portraying him to be. He is a wonderful husband and caring father. He is a great friend and neighbor to others. He is our hero.
I want to also say that Dave and I are extremely grateful for those of you who have helped us this past year. Words can't describe how thankful we are for your thoughtfulness toward our family during this difficult time. We are grateful for your letters, donations, gifts, prayers and many more acts of kindness. You have helped to lighten our load and share our burdens. We love you all and are so thankful for all of you. We wouldn't have been able to make it through this year without you. We know that God is ultimately in control. We know that he hears our prayers. We know that truth will prevail. Please continue to pray for all of these men and their families. Please pray that we will never have to spend another March 3 away from our men again. Pray that justice will be served and all these men will be found NOT GUILTY. God Bless You All.
This is the picture capturing the joyful reunion when Dave was first taken overnight in 2014. I am so excited for the reunion when he is found not guilty and returned home to our family where he belongs.