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.

Highlights

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

Links

Troy and John Interview
Bishop’s checklist for helping with funerals

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