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Ridge and Brittany Alkonis: A Long Road Home

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On May 29, 2021, US Navy Lt. Ridge Alkonis took his wife and children to hike a portion of Mount Fuji, a famous mountain where he were stationed in Japan. On their way home, they planned to stop at an ice cream shop Ridge had visited during his time serving in Japan as a missionary years earlier. Ridge was mid-conversation with his 7-year-old daughter when he suddenly lost consciousness and consequently lost control of the car he was driving, resulting in the deaths of two people. Ridge was sentenced to three years in prison. His wife and family were determined to bring him home. This is their story.

1:40- Joining the Navy
3:46- Meeting
7:54- Military Service as a Family
12:30- The Accident
18:43- The Worth of a Soul
26:15- The Tailor Shop
31:51- Everything Happens
43:39- Covenants
48:43- Forgiveness
52:56- 100 Percent Human
58:50- What Does It Mean To Be All In?

“There’s no guarantee in the scriptures that says, ‘If you are really, really righteous nothing bad is going to happen to you,’ and we don’t talk about that enough.” —Ridge Alkonis

“I’m still here. …To me, that’s what all in is. It’s not always understanding, the plan of happiness doesn’t mean you’re always happy but I’m still here. I’m still waiting for understanding and I’m still praying for peace that I know one day will come.” —Brittany Alkonis

Links & References

Deseret News article about Ridge's release

Recent interviews on CNN and Fox News

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