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."
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By Carol McGraw: The Orange County Register
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