It broke our hearts. But the cabin stands as a reminder of his life, his goodness, his love, his sacrifice for his family and for his religion. He was the best of men.
A couple of weeks ago my family was at the cabin. We shared a few days with our son, his wife, and our three grandchildren. We chose to attend church at a small branch about ten miles from the cabin. It wasn't as wonderful as those early meetings with Grandma and Grandpa--nothing could be--but it was heartwarming and the tug on my heart, the goodness, the thread that weaves through my life binding me to my upbringing and to my family and to my religion was there.
Top Ten Reasons why Church at an LDS Branch at Cooke Pass, Montana is Better
10: Chance to see wildlife on the way--especially Bison. I've never seen a bison on the way to church in Utah.
9. I got to go with my grandkids.
8. No church responsibilities.
7. No classrooms, so priesthood was outside in the pines.
6. Men wore cowboy boots.
5. My daughter-in-law wore skinny jeans (not even allowed on BYU Idaho campus.) I wore pants. Mick wore jeans--so we were all comfortable. No one cared how we were dressed. I have always doubted that God cares either.
4. Church was held in a cool cabin with family photos on the wall.
3. Testimony meeting was sweet. People spoke from their hearts and focused more of Jesus and the Atonement than I normally hear.
2. Best Sunday drive after church ever to the top of the Beartooths!
1. Instead of a mind-numbing three hours, church was two hours and they covered everything beautifully without any time for political commentaries from people in Gospel Doctrine class.
|The LDS church in Cooke Pass, Montana|
|Grandkids over 10,000 feet high in the Beartooths|
|The Summit of the Beartooths|
|We stopped to see a waterfall after church.|
|This is where we turned off for church|
|The Amphitheater Mountain is the mountain I've looked at from the cabin window for over 50 years.|