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When a parent bids farewell to a child, something dies within that parent’s heart, said President Russell M. Nelson speaking at funeral services for his “righteous and joyful” daughter on Saturday.

“But when love pours in so bounteously from family, friends and colleagues, that grief is assuaged in a most marvelous way,” said the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Thousands filled the Cottonwood Heights Utah Brighton Stake Center to capacity to pay tribute to Wendy Nelson Maxfield, 67, who died Friday, Jan. 11, of cancer.

A wife and mother, Wendy Maxfield was remembered for the love, testimony, music, energy and laughter she shared. She and her husband, Norman A. Maxfield, are the parents of seven children and have 20 grandchildren. She is the second of nine daughters and one son born to President Nelson and Sister Dantzel White Nelson.

President Nelson was joined at the funeral service by his wife, Sister Wendy W. Nelson; three generations of his large family; his counselors in the First Presidency — President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring; and numerous members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

President Nelson told his posterity: “I, with most of you, have shed many tears. I am especially comforted by the Lord’s commandment that, ‘Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die.’” (Doctrine and Covenants 42:45)

In his last conversation with his daughter, President Nelson reported to her “that her Daddy is very proud of her,” he said. “She has always chosen to do that which is right.”

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