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By Kent Larsen

Stake Relief Society President Speaks About Death of Her Son

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- Eighteen months after her son collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition, Huntington Beach Stake Relief Society President Cindy Lang spoke in Church on Sunday about how faith gave her strength to endure the tragedy. She honored her own mother, Marlene Moore, who was with her both at the birth of her son, Scotty, and at his death 16 years later.

Steven "Scotty" Lang, then 16, collapsed November 15, 1999 after running wind sprints to warm-up before football practice at his high school. His death shocked his high school, community and his LDS ward. Doctors later diagnosed the cause of death as hypertropic cardiomyopathy.

Cindy Lang planned to tell the congregation yesterday "Motherhood means that women are in partnership with God in raising his children." She told the Orange county Register that helping others is comforting for the bereft mother, suggesting that activities like her stake relief society's recent project sewing hundreds of quilts and dresses, putting together hygiene kits, and making blankets, booties and gowns for newborns are as much a help for those serving as for those receiving the service.

Lang joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after meeting her soon-to-be-husband Steve. When Scotty turned eight, her parents joined him in getting baptized. Looking back at the death of her son, Lang says she doesn't have any regrets, knowing that she did her best in raising her son, "I have peace with that. We cherished him and gave him faith." She planned to tell the congregation yesterday that each moment is a gift from God, "our children are God's children and we get them only for a time."


Motherly inspiration
Orange co CA Register 13May01 P2
By Carol McGraw: The Orange County Register
Three leaders of faiths share thoughts on what their moms have meant to them.

See also:

LDS high school student's sudden death shocks ward, community


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