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Jim Hastings is a bishop in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife have been married 23 years and have five children. About three years ago during the time he was serving as bishop, his 19-year-old daughter, Zoe, was kidnapped and murdered. In this interview, he talks about that experience and other experiences dealing with grief and tragedy as a bishop.
5:40 Personal background
7:30 Calling as a bishop
10:30 About his daughter, Zoe
14:10 Narrative of his experience with Zoe’s abduction and murder
20:20 Personal reactions through the experience
26:00 The days after
28:35 Previous experience with losing his dad and coming to terms with death
30:30 How he handled the emotional trauma; support and therapy experience
34:30 Support needs from neighbors and ward members
39:00 Forgiveness in a situation like this
44:40 Serving as bishop during this experience
49:35 Gratitude for the tools he was given to handle the experience
52:15 Approaching individuals experiencing trials
54:20 Using a bishop’s checklist for funerals to support and help the family left behind
1:00:00 The Savior can help us make connections between past experience and preparation for future experiences
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Bishop’s checklist for helping with funerals
This was an awesome interview.
Could we have a copy of the Bishop’s funeral checklist attached this podcast?
It would be very helpful to everyone to have in assisting people through their loss, even if it’s not pretty. It can be a picture of a used one or a draft version.
Adding the checklist now.
Still don’t see checklist. Am I blind?
You’re not blind. It just took me a while to get from “now” to “done”. Whew.
Wow!!! Great interview. This really helps me see how the Lord is there for us especially in our darkest times.
Thank you for sharong this difficult story. We are carried by prayers at times like these.
It was great to hear Jim’s voice! I served with Jim as his missionary companion in South Africa and I’m so grateful for his testimony and perspectives of life’s difficulties. Thank you, Jim, for sharing those deep, personal experiences with the world. You’re a shining example to all, and especially to me.
Thank you for sharing this difficult story. We are carried by prayers at times like these.