August 2, 2021: “Tigey” by Madison Benedict
Today was a hard day for me. I had to say goodbye to my dog, Tiger (but we called him Tigey). My parents had to take him to the vet to be put down. Tigey had cancer and was in a lot of pain. My mom and dad dropped me and my brother and sister off at my Grammy’s house. It was hard for me to hug and kiss Tigey one last time. Tigey was everything to me. I could talk to him when I was sad. I could cuddle him and pet him. He was my friend…my best friend!
After he left, I felt like my life was changed. When I had to say goodbye, I felt all of these different things. I had all these different feelings: sad, sorrow, relieved, depressed, glad…it’s just hard to explain. I don’t know what I was feeling. I just felt like my life was over. I was sobbing after saying goodbye.
My Grammy said we could pray and that would help us feel better. After saying a prayer, we got out her scriptures. We read through the scriptures and found lots of answers. Some of the verses were in the New Testament in Corinthians. It said “not to be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow” and “I am filled with comfort.” There was also a scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants that said even though this was a sad time for me but that the Lord would use “this experience for your good.” Grammy said that I could use my sadness to help others when they are sad. And also that I could tell others how Heavenly Father answered my prayers when I was sad. Grammy said I should write this all down so that I wouldn’t forget. I wrote it on a piece of paper. Then I asked Grammy if I could share it on our website. She said I could.