Some people show us how to live. Others show us how to die. It’s a rare and precious few who can teach us both. God bless.
— Karen Palmer Western

With 30 years as a police officer/paramedic, I have borne witness to more tragedies than I can count and developed a calloused heart as a result. Perhaps no story has been able to break thru more so than that of your writings of Mitchell’s short, but amazing life. I thank you, your family, and of course Mitchell for sharing it with us. He continues to make a difference...
— Scott Coppess
I have read so many of your posts about your sons journey and have been so moved both spiritually and emotionally that I felt I needed to write and tell you. You have such a gift for expressing your thoughts and feelings. I want you to know that your willingness to open up and share the inner most parts of your soul and your families journey has had such an impact on me and I know that I am not the only one. I am a Mother of three boys and as I read your posts I find myself thinking about my own children and can not even begin to comprehend the pain that you and your wife are going through. It has made me hold my children tighter and longer, strive to be more patient, and make every minute matter. Mitchell sounds like such an amazing boy and I know that in his short life he made more of an impact on this world than I ever could in my life time. Thank you for allowing me to feel the amazing spirit that surrounds you and your family. I pray that your family will continue to be strengthened and comforted and that you can feel the love and prayers that are being sent out to you.
— Anonymous
I wanted to tell you the circumstances of purchasing the Legos. I bought them in October, with the idea of giving them to my boys for Christmas. When it came time to wrap them I had the distinct feeling not to give them, but to save them. When I read Mitchell’s story my mind instantly went to the Legos. I know now I bought those for Mitchell. While I know it is only a small thing, God truly is on the details of our lives. It has given me so much joy to know it has given [Mitchell] something to look forward to.
— Carleen Bell Card
Hello Mitchell,

My name is Luis and I have been in the Navy for 17 years as a Corpsman. I take care of people that are sick and injured on the battlefield. I am leaving for Afghanistan in 2 weeks for my second deployment there and this will make my 8th deployment total. I came across your Facebook page and I wanted to write and say that although I have never met you or your family the pictures that your family have taken of you and your journey inspired me! You are such a lucky kid to have a family that are so devoted to you. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers while I am away. Keep fighting buddy and I hope you have many more spec ops battles with your awesome family!

Talk to you soon!
— Luis Fernandez
First of all I’m so sorry for your loss! I came across this story maybe two weeks ago via Deseret News. I am currently in Afghansistan serving with the 3rd Brigade Rakkasans 101st Airborne Division Air Assault, and I have showed a couple of my friends over here the amazing stories and pictures you have posted. We have all come to love your son. Most of the men I have shown the story to are parents as well. None of us can imagine what you must be going through. I am grateful for our eternal fathers plan and knowing families can be together forever. It’s one thing hearing about a friend here passing, but somebody so young and so full of love at such a young age has really hit home for me. I know he will now be serving in heaven with our heavenly father. Your son filled my heart so much I can only imagine his giant spirit leading the stripling warriors. I know this might sound crazy, but I would love to get your address so I can fly a flag in your sons honor here in Afghanistan. If you don’t want that I fully understand. Just know that my friends and myself have you and your family in our prayers.
— Nate Kennaley
We don’t know each other and most likely we will never meet, but your family has forever changed mine. My wife and I have held each other and cried many tears since we first became aware of your journey. This is not voyeurism, I can feel the Love and protection you provide for your family. You guys entered my life at a time that I was beginning to question my life long faith. Your Grace has helped restore that faith. I am being as sincere and as authentic as I know how to be when I say this. My family is small, my wife and I have one son. He is happy and healthy and loved. Wearing that heart outside my body has left me wondering how God could make me the steward of HIS child in such a cold, cruel world. Having just a snapshot of you guys navigating through so much pain, joy, beauty, and ugliness has helped me more than my words can express. I thank you and will be eternally grateful that your family has come into our lives. I will continue to pray for Mitchell and his family, I will continue to Love, and will continue to be one of God’s faithful children.
— John Sylvester | Seattle, Washington
I’ve seen a lot of things in the past 54 months I’ve spent in Afghanistan as a Special Forces Green Beret, but nothing could have ever prepared me for what you have done. Your strength that you portray on your Facbook page is a goal for strongest to live up to. Mitchell’s story is an inspiration to us all. God bless both you and your family and anyone else that was touched by his life.
— Darby Mullis U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne)
Today I went visiting teaching to a new sister that was just added to my route. She was telling us, that it was following your blog posts and then attending Mitchell’s funeral, that made her realize what was missing from her life. She hadn’t been active in the church for years. She came back to church the Sunday after the funeral. And she has been there every Sunday since.

I wanted to share that with you. Thank you for sharing your story and touching so many lives.
— Erin Pugmire
I find myself returning again and again to the deep well here at Mitchell’s Journey. I ALWAYS glean a new insight, reflection and a deep appreciation of all of you, especially Mitchie. Please keep sharing — your impact reaches much farther than you know. God Bless You.
— Paula Parks
When I first found Mitch’s story, I was contemplating suicide. Something I had done many times before, but this time was different. I felt like I was already gone. My heart and soul were broken beyond repair. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. As I read Mitch’s story, I began to feel exponentially worse. This amazing little boy, so so sick, but fighting for his life everyday! I stayed up all night reading and crying. By the end, I felt different. I felt ashamed. I started to realize how ungrateful I was and how devastated everyone would be if I followed through with my plan. I have suffered from depression my entire life, but not any more. I have Mitchell to thank for this. I owe this boy my life, literally. I am so sorry for what your family has been through. But Mitchell has help more people than you even know. His life was taken from him, but he gave so much while he was here on earth. I am so grateful for everything. Mitch helped me find gratitude, helped me see that life is precious and we need to make the most of the time we have. I have so much love for your son. Thank you, so much, for sharing his journey with the world. You have saved lives in doing so. I can never thank you enough.

All my love ...
— Anonymous
Dear Mitchell’s Family,

I have seen great loss in my lifetime, a combat zone is a horrifying place to be with very dear friends. I have seen much loss and sorrow, but the story of your little boy was very heart touching he fought more than any one soldier in my entire company has for their lives, this little boy so young, yet so strong. I just want to take this time out from one soldier to another “your little boy” rest in peace, and may The Lord be with you and your family in this time. In my eyes your son is an honorary soldier, he fought long and hard, a true hero in such hard times. My greatest sympathy towards your family. God bless you and your family.

Mitchell, an inspiration to us all.
— Spc. Stafford U.S. Army.
I’m nobody of any great importance. I want to express my deepest sympathy for your family. I also want to express my gratitude for allowing me the chance to read this ANGELS journey. I drove a police car for 12 years and had given up the hope that there was a god. I have been proven wrong. Without a doubt your family and that wonderful joy of life named Mitchell have restored my faith. I along with some of my friends have only with your blessing would very much like to share you and your family’s journey to any we can. Thank you again for allowing me the honor of reading a true story of a wonderful God sent journey.

Thank you ...
— Chris England
My name is XXXX and I’m 22 years old. I have labeled myself agnostic for many years, however recently there have been events that have made me believe in a higher power. Previously I have longed to believe in God but it just didn’t happen. I listened to the audio of your beautiful sons funeral and it’s given me the closest thing to faith that I have ever felt. I know there’s someone looking out for us. Something that is making us better human beings. I feel that yours and your journey have validated that for me, and I just wanted to thank you. I felt so compelled to share this with you. You are a credit to humanity.
— Anonymous