Lessons learned from Paula Harrison

Today I attended the funeral of Paula Harrison. I loved a quote from one of her daughters, attributed to her oldest son, Daniel: “I knew my name was always safe on her lips.” That’s a nice tribute from a son who felt his mother’s complete trust.

Paula’s older sister shared the last part of this quote from Elder Russell M. Nelson:

“Returning from earth to life in our heavenly home requires passage through—and not around—the doors of death. We were born to die, and we die to live. (See 2 Cor. 6:9.) As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth; we fully flower in heaven.”
(Russell M. Nelson, “Doors of Death,” Ensign, May 1992, 72)

Steve, Paula’s husband, was eloquent in the telling of his story of their courtship, colorfully describing his weekend round trip motorcycle rides from California to Utah to see Paula. He taught us all what it means to be in love with someone, and made me want to be better as a husband and father.

We’ll miss you, Paula.