Funeral Insights!


In our ward, (local neighborhood church), we have a lot of elderly members. 

Unfortunately funerals are quite frequent.  Funerals are very hard for me to attend because I have never handled death very well.

Especially since we are fast approaching May 27th, the one year anniversary of my own father’s death.  However, every time I attend a funeral, I learn life lessons.

This Friday was the funeral of a longtime ward member, Leo Arnold Jardine, Jr., 1929-2012.

He was a very accomplished man and was so well loved by all of us.  His obituary is as follows:


Leo Arnold Jardine Jr.


 Leo Arnold Jardine, Jr.
Leo A. Jardine passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 19, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born November 7, 1929 to Leo Arnold Jardine Sr. and Retta Giauque Jardine. Leo is survived by Judith Cannon Nelson Jardine, whom he married on August 16, 1954, and seven children (Lynnette Peters, Jennifer Vera, Karrie Ellen Jardine, Jacquelyn Meyers, Kathryn Seninger, Julie McKeon, and James N. Jardine), 26 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, to whom he was affectionately known as "The Chief." He leaves his wife, family, and friends with a testimony of his love for the Lord and of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving most recently as a member of a stake presidency. He previously served in two bishoprics, as a member of several high councils, and in numerous leadership and teaching assignments. He served briefly as a counselor in the Moscow South Mission and as a counselor in the Salt Lake Inner-city Mission.
As a young man he served as a proselyting missionary in Hawaii and later served four missions with his wife: as Directors of Humanitarian Services in the Europe East Area, as Supervisor of Church Legal Affairs in Moscow, Russia, as Executive Secretary to the Pacific Islands Area Presidency, and as a Church Service missionary on the staff for the preparation of two volumes on the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Leo practiced law for 40 years in private practice and as the senior partner of a law firm in Salt Lake City, specializing in corporate tax and business matters. He was also active in community service, serving in such capacities as Chair of the Community Services Council board, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Utah Food Bank, as well as with the Boy Scouts of America, the initial Governor’s Council on Workforce Services, and as a member of several other boards. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in tax law from New York University.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Ensign Stake Center on 135 A Street (2nd Ave). Friends may visit with the family from 10-11:10 a.m. prior to the services or at a viewing at Larkin Mortuary (260 E. South Temple) on Thursday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Leo would want loved ones to plant a flower in their own yards or make a donation to the LDS Humanitarian or Perpetual Education Funds.
We would like to thank Highland Care Center, Care Source (Scott) and the Huntsman Cancer Center and all of their teams.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune from April 21 to April 26, 2012


Brother Jardine was a great friend of Elder M. Russell Ballard, who is an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.




Elder Ballard spoke at Brother Jardine’s funeral.  He had several words of wisdom that I want to share with you.

Really, I think that I am the only person who reads my blog, (as evidenced by my constant, “0 comments” at the end of every post!) LOL!

I want to remember what Elder Ballard said because it made me feel better at dealing with the loss of this great man and the wonderful family he has left behind, including his dear wife Judy.



“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”
Orson F. Whitney


This quote hit very close to home for me.  Our daughter, Nichelle has been in tremendous pain and has suffered so much the last 3 1/2 years.

Just as our dear friend, Leo Jardine had suffered so much pain on his earthly journey so has our “sweet angel daughter, Nichelle.”

Nichelle has truly developed patience, faith, fortitude and humility due to how much she has suffered and had to endure!

I have to keep reminding myself, “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted…

and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”

I am grateful for this reminder.


Elder Ballard also used the following poem in his talk:


The Oak Tree

by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.

A mighty wind blew night and day.

It stole the Oak Tree’s leaves away.

Then snapped its boughs

and pulled its bark

until the Oak was tired and stark.

But still the Oak Tree held its ground

while other trees fell all around.

The weary wind gave up and spoke,

"How can you still be standing Oak?"

The Oak Tree said, I know that you

can break each branch of mine in two,

carry every leaf away,

shake my limbs and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth,

growing stronger since my birth.

You’ll never touch them, for you see

they are the deepest part of me.

Until today, I wasn’t sure

of just how much I could endure.

But now I’ve found with thanks to you,

I’m stronger than I ever knew.


The last quote that Elder Ballard used was about heaven and glimpsing into it for 5 minutes. 


“Blessed like John on the isle of Patmos and Paul who spoke of the third heavens, the Prophet Joseph Smith affirmed,

"Could you gaze into heaven five minutes, you would know more than you would by reading all that ever was written on the subject" (TPJS, p. 324; cf. HC 6:50).

He also declared that "the best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching" (TPJS, p. 191).”


I am most grateful for the atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ and all that He suffered for each of us so that we too might rejoin Him one day.

I am grateful to have been able to listen to an Apostle of Jesus Christ.

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