I just returned from a memorial service for Melissa Joy Dietzel (http://www.dailynews.com/ci_19954344?source=most_viewed#.TzodyLyr7ro.facebook). I found out about her untimely death on Tuesday and have been going through alternating stages of shock and sadness ever since. Today's services provided a great deal of closure for me.
I didn't know Melissa all that well. She and I were in the same ward from September of 2009 to April of 2010. I was her visiting teacher. During our visits, I'm pretty sure she uplifted me more than I uplifted her. That's just the kind of person she was. During the service, four people gave lengthy talks about what an amazing person Melissa was, and even from my limited experience of knowing her, I knew they described her well. Hearing all of the incredible eulogies given about Melissa, I couldn't help but hope that I will be able to live my life in such a way that people will give such glowing remarks about me at my funeral someday. Melissa truly lived up to her middle name, finding joy in the simple things in life and bringing joy to others, and I hope that I can do the same.