Adam posting this evening.
Elijah Thomas Augustine passed on this evening at about 9:16 PM.
He was having trouble breathing and said that he wanted to die. His mother said, “Well you have been fighting for so long. Three years.”
Eli said, “We are champions.”
He then asked his mother if it was OK if he could die tonight. They both prayed for that and she gave him some medication to help him rest. Not very long after, his prayer was answered and he was able to let go.
We have heard some refer to death as “graduation” and we like this comparison. The last three years have been so hard, amazing, touching, and inspiring, so full of growth and learning.
Words can’t express how grateful we are for all the love, kindness, and sacrifices so many people have made for us. We have had some of the happiest times of our lives.
We would never wish childhood cancer on anyone, but we do so much wish everyone could feel the immense outpouring of love and tenderness everyone has shown to us. It has been such a privilege.
We are shedding some tears right now and will post something when we know about funeral arrangements.
This scripture from the Book of Mormon (Alma 40:11-12) is helping us tonight:
“Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
“And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.”
Elijah has graduated with honors. And as he said not long ago, “This is victory.”