A story of a father and a son, true heroes each

This is one of the most touching videos I’ve seen.  It’s been heralded as one of the greatest love stories of all time.  It’s about a father and a son, and is worth watching every second.

Rick Hoyt was born with the umbilical cord around his neck, cutting off oxygen to his brain.  The doctors said he would be in a vegetable state his whole life, and urged his parents to put him in an institution.  But Rick’s dad refused, and brought him home to leave a full life.  Together they have run 950 races, 60 marathons (25 of them Boston), and 6 Iron Man competitions.  In the Iron man, you swim 2.4 miles, bike for 112 miles, then run for 26.2 miles.

Dick, his father, pushes, pulls, and carries him the entire way.  Rick says (speaking through a computer):  “When we are running it feels like I’m not disabled anymore.”

When asked what he’d like to do if he could do anything, his reply wasn’t to play basketball, or football, or hockey.  His reply was that he’d have his dad sit in a wheelchair, so he could push him.

Dick’s simple reply, “I just want to be the very best father I can be”.  In so doing, he sets a powerful example of fatherhood, and presents a powerful illustration of our relationship with our Heavenly Father, who pushes, pulls, and carries us through every step.

After viewing several others, I like this one the most:


shortened version:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4B-r8KJhlE

Here’s a touching interview as Rick was nominated “Hero”.



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2 replies
  1. Mormon Soprano says:

    I have such a love for the Hoyt’s. Their devotion, endurance, charity and courage inspires all of us. Their lives testify of the great and divine power of the human spirit. The body is a temporary tabernacle. The spirit lives forever.

  2. Pasha says:

    Regarding salvation by faith alone: apcceting Jesus in your heart is also a work. That is, having faith in the first place work. Saying in your heart that you accept Jesus as your Savior is a work. Therefore, every creedal Christian believes the exact same formula of grace works that they decry as heresy when it surfaces in the LDS notion that baptism is necessary. By insisting on baptism, however, Latter-day Saints reveal themselves to be more closely in agreement with the New Testament than creedal Christians.Even after apcceting Christ and having faith in him, following Christ’s command to be baptized, and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, Latter-day Saints believe that it is still only the Atonement of Jesus Christ that cleanses them from their sins. Through baptism Latter-day Saints are cleansed by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, i.e. by grace. That creedal Christians accuse Latter-day Saints of believing that they must somehow save themselves reveals disingenuous argumentation. The source of this disingenuous approach is really Latter-day Saints’ rejection of the Nicene Creed and its progeny of creeds. Thus, although Geoff is correct in his assessment of the two main sticking points of theology between creedal Christians and Latter-day Saints, the real impetus is LDS refusal to accept the creedal notion of the Trinity, even if Latter-day Saints do believe in the Trinity defined slightly differently. Departing from the decisions about the nature of God of the fourth-century council a council that would very likely also reject all sorts of Protestant sects as heretical is the absolutely unpardonable act of Latter-day Saints for creedal Christians.


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