|Parker family photo|
Emilie Parker was a choice little girl with bright blue eyes and a happy face that carved lasting impressions on folks of all ages. Ogden Utah Rock Cliff Stake President David Christiansen remembers instantly recognizing divine qualities in little Emilie.
"She just had a beautiful smile and countenance," he said. "You could see the Savior through her."
President Christiansen and fellow members across the globe are grieving with millions of others in the aftermath of a Dec. 14 shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., that left 28 dead, including six-year-old Emilie Parker. After killing his mother at their home, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 20 children and six adults before committing suicide.
"...President Christiansen said he hopes to share "a message of hope" during the services. "This is a struggle that will make us stronger," he told the Church News.
Little Emilie, he added, was a perfect soul who was received by the Lord and now waits for her family and friends in a holier place.
"..."She is safe," he said."
(by Jason Swensen - Church News staff writer)