This is a powerful video about Chris Williams who lost his wife, an unborn child, an 11-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter in a car accident. They were killed by a drunk driver.
Chris talks about the power of prayer, of brotherly love, of letting go of anger and forgiving. He beautifully expresses how God has listened to his prayers, and how choosing not to direct anger and grief at the person who caused the pain has made all the difference…how letting the Savior take that pain has allowed the Savior’s healing power and love to flow to him as well as to the young driver and his family.
One of the family’s church leaders says, “There is Jesus’ way to resolve problems, to address situations, to handle sorrow, and then there is some other way.” This leader felt that Chris made the decision long ago to turn to the Savior in hard times, so that when this heartwrenching experience came, he was able to make that choice, even in the moment of the accident, to let it go.
Chris notes: “If through the forgiveness or anything else…[the driver] should know it was merely the Savior working through me…. All I had to do was not get in the way.” Chris testifies that all the goodness that has come is from Jesus Christ and His goodness, His love, His brilliance shining through.
He closes with his testimony about how life really is about coming to know the Savior, the “man of sorrows…acquainted with grief.” Tragedies and trials can help us love. His faith in Jesus Christ and his knowledge that he can see his family again keeps him moving forward.
For more on this topic, see the following articles at lds.org:
The Healing Power of Forgiveness