Memories & Messages
5 years later - I Have just seen a story on our Christian channel in Oz "Jesus Freaks". Such a tragedy for all involved BUT what an inspirational daughter you raised. As a parent it broke my heart to watch and then read the story of what evolved - the only saving grace is to know you will be together again someday with our God and I hope I can give Tiffany a big kiss one day too, to say "thankyou" for the life she lived before God took her home. My love and prayers until that dayxxxx
Posted by: Cindy on July 17th, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABYGIRL!!!! Not a day goes by that I don't think of and miss you....wish I could give you a big hug and kiss but I guess I have to wait a little longer..... then we'll have ETERNITY TO CATCH UP!!! Love and miss you ALWAYS!!
Posted by: Diane - Mommy on June 19th, 2012
Tif it's over three years since you left us and it still seams like yesterday. Even though you are gone from here your presents are still felt by so many people you had touched.I still miss you so much and dream about all the things we did together. I love dreaming about you. I know your in a better place looking down on us. Your memory is still living on through the "TiffanyJohnsonMemorial fund" We have given out about six or seven donations to young people that are starting out in their missionary walk just like you did. I wish Oh well I wish a lot of things that can't change ILOVE AND MISS YOU TIF
Posted by: Dad (Pappy) on January 10th, 2011
Tif it's over three years since you left us and it still seams like yesterday. Even though you are gone from here your presents are still felt by so many people you had touched.I still miss you so much and dream about all the things we did together. I love dreaming about you. I know your in a better place looking down on us. Your memory is still living on through the "TiffanyJohnsonMemorial fund" We have given out about six or seven donations to young people that are starting out in their missionary walk just like you did. I wish Oh well I wish a lot of things that can't change ILOVE AND MISS YOU TIF
Posted by: Dad (Pappy) on January 10th, 2011
I will never forge the day i met tiff it was one of the best days of my life! From thetime we met we bacame best friends and it makes me so sad to not have her in my life! inever got the chance to make her Kamerons god mother but to this day she is! I was so upset that I missed her funeral, i didnt find out in time!I love and miss her so much and it makes me feel good to know that she is above watching over me!i will never ever forget u tiffany love always and forever theresa johnson
Posted by: Theresa Johnson on December 10th, 2010
I just watched the memorial of Tiff, and it is still so hard to believe that she is gone. But I do know there is one beautiful angel up in heaven smiling down on all of us and that would be Tiff! Tiff you will remain forever in our hearts! Dennis & Judy
Posted by: Judy Johnson on December 9th, 2010
Yesterday was Sedric's birthday and I was thinking how it is odd to go from being happy on Dec. 8th, to sad on Dec. 9th. I can't believe three years have gone by since Tiffany was taken from our family, friends and loved ones. I still have the plant from the funeral that continues to grow (I always say Tiff is helping me keep it alive), and the angel that reminds me of her that I say good morning to every day. My children speak of Tiffany so often and it warms my heart to know they had such a deep relationship with her and their love is still so strong and that memories of her are still alive in them and all of us. I know if she were here, Tiff would be telling us all great stories about her continued experiences here on earth. I can't wait to hear all about how she has been spending her time in Heaven when I get the chance to see her again. For now, continue to rest in peace, Tiffany...and know we all miss you dearly.
Posted by: Tami McClure on December 9th, 2010
Tif here is a poem I found in one of my grief newsletters that describes exactly how I feel.
Memories Still Alive
I know what day it is
So please don't pretend that it's not
I loved her so much,
Do you really think I forgot?
And when my eyes fill with tears,
Please don't ask me not to cry.
Tears are apart of remembering,
And healing when a loved one dies.
And when I mention her name,
Please don't shy away from me.
Keeping her memory alive is very important,
Oh please let it be.
So ask me about her,
And share what you remember too.
For loved ones may die,
But their memories never do.
I miss you so much Tif and will never forget the incredible sister that I was blessed to have. I have learned so much about myself and I look at life and live life different from the day you left. Thank you so much for being my sister and loving me even though we didnt always see eye to eye. I love you lil sis and memories will always stay alive in me.
Love your Big Sis
Posted by: Corinna (Big Sis) on February 9th, 2010
Two years have past and for me it feels like yesterday. I miss my daughter Tiffany so much I wish I could understand the Lord better and how things are allowed to happen. I now I will see Tiffany again someday and understand.I LOVE AND MISS YOU FOREVER TIFFANY> I whish I could change things or turn back time.
Posted by: Tom Johnson (PAPPY) on December 10th, 2009
I've been thinking about Tiff all day today and how two years ago today was her last day living her beautiful life. I'll never stop wishing that somehow what happened that night could be changed. When I mentioned something about today's date this morning to my 9 year old daughter, she looked at me and quietly said, "Tiffy." Tiffany will always remain close to our hearts. I miss her smile,her joy, her laughter, her faith, her graciousness, her love for my children.....her.
Posted by: Heather Carson on December 8th, 2009
Hey Babygirl...It's 09-09-09 today! That date won't happen again in my lifetime! Just like the triple 9's I still miss you x3 at least!! You are never out of my heart...I remember always...love you always...can't wait to see you again always!!!
The Lord has been awesome in comforting me and being by my side through it all and I can't wait to see Him face to face to thank Him!!! What a day that will be!
Love and miss you soooo much hon!!
Posted by: Diane Jacobson on September 9th, 2009
Oh Babygirl.....I miss you so much it hurts! I know it sounds selfish but I wanted to see you get married...I wanted to hold your babies and give you motherly advice...such a huge loss for all of us but a sure gain for heaven.
You're still touching lives and I'm soooo grateful for that! Your love has changed alot of peoples' worlds!
See you before you know it....just a long wait being down here... :(
Love you and miss you everyday!!!!
Mommy (I loved how you called me that!!!)
Posted by: Diane Jacobson on August 9th, 2009
Happy Birthday Lil Sis!! I miss you so much! I miss you callin me and rambling off lists and lists of everything you would want for your birthday. I wish I could give you a great big hug one last time and tell you one more time how much I love you. So instead I know its your birthday and (believe me I am sending all my love up to you) could you please give me and mom dad Trav and kids all kisses from heaven and tell Jesus to squeeze us all just a little tighter today and to turn all of our tears into wonderful memories of times with you. I love you Lil Sis we will all alwasy REMEMBER!!!!
Love your Big Sis forever,
Posted by: Corinna (Big Sis) on June 19th, 2009
Happy B-Day Tiffany. Twenty-eight years ago we had you one of the happiest times of my lifeI loved being your dad and you being my daughter. You were so special.I cry everyday because I miss you so much I LOVE YOU FOREVER pinky swear.
Love Dad (Pappy)
Posted by: tom johnson (Pappy) on June 19th, 2009
Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy birthday dear Tiffany...Happy Birthday to you!!!! I remember your birth so clearly! Such a beautiful baby! And such an incredible and beautiful woman you grew to be! I'm so proud of you hon. And I know Jesus is too!
I miss you and love you and remember!
Posted by: Diane Jacobson on June 19th, 2009
Happy birthday, Tif. Around midnight (2 hours ago) I started thinking about D9th and all that went down. I watched every video about you I could find, and I found a new one (to me) that the Arvada PD posted. I know how much your story, passion, and your smile has touched their lives along with so many others. It's just cool the way God works, two hours ago I had no idea it was your birthday, I just thought you came to mind randomly like you often do but now I realize tonight was different, He let me remember and celebrate you today, your birthday. I miss you, friend.
Posted by: Samantha on June 19th, 2009
Just wanted to wish you another birthday...we miss you so much...God has continued to work on our healing but its so hard to have you gone....many things have come to pass since you left us and you would of enjoyed them so much...not as much as being with Jesus I'm sure...but we missed you at every family event...you will never be forgot...we love you
Posted by: Jake on June 17th, 2009
I'm so sorry for your loss. I just now read Tiffany's story as I was doing some research for a sermon - I'm pastor of a Lutheran church in MI. I shared a litte of her story with my congregation in my sermon on living a "consecrated" life - based on 2 Cor. 5:14-15 "no longer living for ourselves." Tiffany sounds like just a great person and follower of Jesus. I can't imagine your sorrow but I wanted you to know that her life and story touched my heart and even in death - her life is still being used to share Christ with others. I know that you are so proud! God's peace. And thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Ken on May 2nd, 2009
Babygirl....miss you soooo much! I cried to the Lord this morning...I wanted to be able to see you and hug you and talk to you again!
It was hard to go to work and hold all my pain inside today. But it was the right thing to do...and by the end of the day I knew that God had been right there with me. And if He is ...then you can't be far behind!! I'm so grateful I have the hope of His promises and that I WILL see you again!!! All bright and shiney from being in HIs presence! As Granma always says "One day closer to Heaven!!" So 'till then honey...
All my Love, Mommy
Posted by: Diane Jacobson on April 9th, 2009
Well sixteen months since Tif was taken from all of us.Life here on earth still goes on but for some of us like my family and myself our lives have changed forever.I did not realize how many caring people there are until this tragedy happened. On the brighter side TIFFANY'S legace is living on by the 'TIFFANY JOHNSON MEMORIAL FUND" we have given out about six donations to young people that are seeking Gods will in becoming young missionaries'something Tiffany wanted to do forever so at this point the memorial fund is just that TIFFANY'S MEMORY LIVING ON I hope your smiling Tif with those big dimples. I will miss you forever
LOVE DAD (Pappy)
Posted by: tom johnson on April 9th, 2009
Its been almost a year and four months since you have been gone...I still think of you daily and wonder what great work you are involved in. Whatever it is, I know it has you smiling and laughing and spreading cheer to others. I have an angel I had picked up that reminds me of you and I know I was meant to have it, to look at and to keep you alive in memory. You're always with us Tiff...and always will be. Rest in peace cousin...rest in sweet peace until we meet again.
Posted by: Tami (Johnson) McClure on April 6th, 2009
Bittersweet today as I found pictures of us up at the cabin. It was such a happy weekend! I miss you my dear! I am so happy you made it home. Thank you so much for choosing to love on me!
Posted by: Becky on February 3rd, 2009
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF TIFFANY. WE UNDERSTAND THE MOMENT.
Posted by: MIKE ROBERTS on January 30th, 2009
1-13-09 One year and one month since you were taken from all of us. The emptyness is still in me. I will NEVER forget. I MISS YOU
Posted by: Pappy (Dad) on January 13th, 2009
I am sorry for the lost. I MISS you Tiffany so much and on Dec. 9, 2008, i was so sad. i didnt know i could post a comment until today. My heart goes out to you and your family. i am so glad that you are my 2nd cousin and i am happy that i could meet you. Tiffany you are so fun and nice and ALWAYS remember that i care about you and your family and that you will always be in my heart forever!!! Tif is a great person. I LOVE YOU TIF!!!
Posted by: Tara Johnson on December 11th, 2008
It has now been one year since my beautiful,careing,thoughtful,sweet daughter has been taken from all of us. It seems like yesterday. I miss you Tiffany so much. A candlelight remeberance was heald for Tiffany in Chislom MN at 7:00 12-09-08 Street was lined with candeles. The park lined with ice candles and memories were shared. Life is precios and unfare to all of us here but Tiffany is where the LORD wants her. I do not totally understand and will not understand until I myself is in HIS presents. I LOVE YOU TIFFANY.
Posted by: tom johnson on December 10th, 2008
I continue to pray for all of you. My heart has been heavy this year thinking about the grief you all bear. I pray that God will continue to sustain you and uphold you. She is not forgotten. Bless you,
Posted by: Kristin Smith on December 10th, 2008
Okay, so I have to share...I called the local radio station here in the Twin Cities this morning to announce..In memory of my beloved cousin Tiffany Johnson, who was tragically taken from us one year ago today, and to send comforting thoughts out to family and friends on this sad day. Instead, they announce...A big shout out to the Johnson family in Hibbing MN...thanks for listening! Ironically, on such a sad filled day, it brought a smile to my face at how the message got twisted. I was thinking maybe Tiffany was smiling too. She would want us all to rejoice today in her joys, her accomplishments, her memories, her gift of gab, friendship and loveable spirit. I can't believe a whole year has gone by, and I will never forget how I heard the news of her passing, but just think what greatness she has spread to others this last year. She has brought people together and allowed many of us to rethink our lives and all of the blessings we have. Her spirit will continue to live through us, and I am so thanksful for that. I am comforted I got to be a part of her life when she was here, and thankful she still remains a part of me now. Ironically, my mom told me the other day my dimple seems more prominent on my face, and I had to smile as it made me think maybe a part of her is shining through me. Thank you to all who take the time to remember Tiffany today.
Posted by: Tami (Johnson) McClure on December 9th, 2008
My prayers are with you all today.
May Tiff's Legacy live on forever in this world, as it has this past year in my heart.
Bless you richly.
Posted by: Megan Fitzgerald on December 9th, 2008
I've been thinking of beautiful, amazing Tiffany so much lately and particularly on the anniversary of her death. I'll always be grateful that we were so blessed to have her in our lives, and we will hold her memory close to our hearts.
Posted by: Heather Carson on December 9th, 2008
its been a year..
and this has been a hard day living.
your in my heart and in my thoughts..
I miss you..
Posted by: karen merete on December 9th, 2008
Dear tom johnson, tiffany is a beautiful angel she's with the lord now and helping people for all eternity with god. She is waiting in heaven for your family and people she loved.....remember her smiling always and forever.............god bless your family............sorry my inglish is bad. Hugsssss
Posted by: leo from argentina on December 8th, 2008
tiff yo no te conoci pero tu historia me demostro que no viviste en vano, te entregaste a dios y ayudaste a mucha gente y cambiaste muchas vida sos un verdadero angel y lo vas a ser por toda la eternidad. Sos mi angel guardian y proteje siempre a toda tu familia y amigos. Dios bendiga a todo los te conocieron y dios dales las fuerzas para seguir a adelante......FUERZA Y FÃ!
Posted by: leo from argentina on December 1st, 2008
Dear sweet Tiffany,
I am thinking about you. I am thinking I still wish I would have opened up to you when you reached out to me in my DTS last year. I am wishing so badly that I had thanked you for wrapping your arms around me after I broke down after that one monday night outreach. I still pray the Lord thanks you for me. I miss your life.
Posted by: LeAnna on November 22nd, 2008
Hey chicka! I miss you! I will be taking a trip to MN from Texas on Tuesday evening and asking you to please watch over me. As I was thinking about me driving all those miles for Thanksgiving I remembered a time when we drove your car from Minneapolis to Hibbing with no heat in the middle of winter so you could get it fixed at a shop by your dads!! I remember we bundled up and we just sang and laughed even though it was 20 degrees we still had a great time.
Posted by: Susan on November 21st, 2008
you are my angel......beautifull angel..
Posted by: leo from argentina on November 14th, 2008
I praise God for answering my prayers. God, you are so wonderful, majestic. Jesus Christ, I adore Your Sacred Heart.
Posted by: jammarlibre on November 14th, 2008
tiffy i miss you so much. i cant believe how much time has gone by. i still think about you every day. and cry when i see pictures. I really miss your love. I miss talking to you and being real with you. i just cant even comprehend what you are doing right now. but i know you are move alive then ever. lets go back to albuquerque. or paris on the platte. lets walk the boardwalk one last time. ive missed you. i hope you come visit in my dreams again sometime soon.
Posted by: chrisdene cloud on October 23rd, 2008
Oh Tiffy I miss you, I miss getting those emails, sometimes it feels like you are just giving me a hug from heaven. I can't believe that it's been ten months. I know that you are so missed and all the lives you touched miss that sweet loving hand you had. I hope that you're up there chatting with Jesus.
Posted by: Megin on October 21st, 2008
TIF I MISS YOU SO MUCH. TEN MONTHS HAVE PASTED AND I STILL HURT INSIDE.I PRAY TO GOD AND TALK TO YOU ALL THE TIME AND I KNOW THE LORD IS TAKING CARE OF YOU. I MISS RUBBING NOSES,WATCHING YOU SHOP, HAVING YOU SIT ON MY LAP AND TALKING,YOUR SMILE, YOUR HUGS AND YOUR INDEPENDENCE. I ASK THE LORD FOR HELP IN MY LIFE EVERY DAY.,BECAUSE I STILL STRUGGLE WITH NOT HAVING YOU IN MY LIFE AND WHY HE DID NOT PROTECT YOU. ONLY HE KNOWS THE ANSWER. BY THE WAY I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT THE CAMERA,YOU DID NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR HALF.
I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH
LOVE PAPPY (DAD)
Posted by: PAPPY (DAD) on October 13th, 2008
Auntie this is Trent I miss you and love you soooooooooo much! I dream about you all the time please blow me kisses from heaven and give Jesus a hug and kiss for me. I love you Auntie! Love Trent
Posted by: Trent on October 10th, 2008
I feel like I'm supposed to share this poem I wrote...so i pray that you will be blessed and encouraged by it.
BRAND NEW DAY
How can that night be forgotten?
The phone callsâ¦
You were gone â
It couldnât beâ¦
No good-bye, not even one last chance.
And how can I ever describe to you now how much I love you?
Today, I regret all the things I left unsaid.
I wish I would haveâ¦
I totally could haveâ¦
But I never knew you would be called Home â
Especially now, so suddenly.
Yes, today is a day of regret,
As I ponder everything I left unsaid.
Today, I question.
I donât understandâ¦
Why so soon?
Why so sudden?
I donât understand why this happened, why youâre gone, takenâ¦
So today, Iâm overwhelmed with questions.
Today, the pain sneaks back.
It canât be realâ¦
But yet the reality of your death hits me with impeccable force.
My stomach turns,
Ohhhh, I feel sick,
The pain today is so strong.
Today, I cry.
I miss you.
How dare he shoot you,
And how dare He allow it.
Yes, today in my selfishness I cry, for I miss you.
Oh, how I miss you!
And today, I long.
I long to see your face, your smile, those dimples!
I long to hear your voice, your laugh, your amazing encouragement!
I long to feel your hugsâ¦
And most of all I long to tell you I love you.
Today, Iâm overflowing with longing!
So today, I long, I cry, I hurt, I question and I regret things left unsaid and undone.
But tomorrow I will smile â
For I will remember that your Home with Dad, made completely new!
And tomorrow, I will remember
The way you lived,
The way you gave
And the way you lovedâ¦
Tomorrow, I will smile as I recall all that God has done,
In your life,
In my life,
And through hundreds of peopleâs lives through your death.
And tomorrow I WILL smile!
Tomorrow, is a brand new day!
Itâs another step forward,
In a series of steps backâ¦
Slowly, Iâm moving forward,
And moving on,
But NEVER FORGETTING!
Yes! Tomorrow is in fact, a brand new day!
Posted by: Alyssa on October 9th, 2008
I miss you in the flesh!!! I really wish I could talk to you face to face right now. I'm so jealous of you Tif....you don't have to battle this ugly world any longer. You don't have to question your steps. You don't have to ask if you are raising your kids they way God wants...you no don't have to repent for missing it... you don't have to look around and see those that you love aflicted with this life....plagued by our selfish desires to satisfy the cravings of our flesh.... You did it hun!!! You were living the way God wanted you to and you were where you were supposed to be. As much as the questions come to the surface about the timing and the fashion of your leaving....your last entry in your prayer journal confirms that you were right where you were supposed to be. Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Who but God himself would have known... What a testimony that you left this world in peace despite the circumstances surrounding your leaving. You give me encouragement even in your death. Thank you Lord for sharing Tiffy with us as long as you did! Tiffy Jiffy....I miss your dimples, smile, laugh and your unconventional self. I keep your picture infront of me everyday that I may be reminded to live with the childlike faith that you did. I love you! I'm so proud of you Tiffy...you follow God despite any oppostion you faced and you trusted that God would ultimately fulfill His plan for your life. I know it won't be long before we are together again dancing in the presence of God..... The weird thing is that even though I have known you since you were 5 I usually always hung out with Corinna...and you were the "little sister" that annoyed her. I wish that we would have played together more.... I wish that we would have been closer. But we have eternity for that right.....lol. Hey, tell God I want to live on your block. lol ; ) In the mean time I will remember the times that you made Corinna scream "Tiffany Ann Johnson!" or shriek "Tiffany......!" Or the time I did your make up for you and Crust for Prom or Sadies and you came in with one eyebrow. Only you could look so beautiful with just one eyebrow! I will remember that it was your wish to have the plate in the arm go off for airport security. And, it's a good thing it didn't...I'm sure the humor in that would have worn off with all of the traveling that you did. I will remember how we bumped into each other at Caribou @ MOA before my insurance exam.... Who bumps into people at MOA anyway? I guess it would be you....lol Anyways hun....we are doing ok down here. I am trying to take a piece of you with me everyday. I will continue to pray for your family that God himself will be their strength. Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Posted by: Valerie Bashiri on October 9th, 2008
10 months today.....
I cant believe that it is 10 months and getting closer to a year by the day. Where has the time gone? I feel like I was just talking to you yesterday. Grief is a rollercoaster at times I have been unbelievably angry and sad but then Jesus steps in and comforts me and I have to look at the positives. I have come to look at the 9th of every month not as the day that we lost you, but as the day heaven welcomed you. In a sense it is like a new birthday the first day that you got to meet our Jesus face to face and have all your questions answered and be completly in no pain and happy. I have to look at the positives because if I dwell in the fact that I am selfish and want you here with us it will drive me crazy because there is nothing anyone can do to make that happen. I was thinking the other day of the things that has happened in my life since you went to be with Jesus, from the people I have met to me giving my life to the Lord wholly and completly. I dont know if that would have happened otherwise, which makes me so sad. I hate that it took lossing you to see what God has for me and see that He loves me. There is so much more that I wanted to do with you, more snowboarding, more shopping, helping with your wedding being in you wedding, calling me with questions when you are pregnant being a super auntie to your kids as you were to mine, we missed out on alot of things that could have been. Those are the things that make me sad the special talks and us arguing as well thats what all sisters do right?! I miss calling you and hearing your voice. I miss seeing you smile and giving you a great big hug. I miss you!! I know that this last 10 months has been so unthinkable for me but I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel the light to the path that Jesus has for me. Through Him we can get through anything. I know that this time on earth is like a blink of an eye compared to eternity and I will have many more happy times with you. I miss you. I thank Jesus everyday for eveything that He has given me all the good and the bad because it makes me ME. The woman of God that He has planned for me. We go through tradegies, sad times, happy times, and all the other different times in our life but that shapes the person that we are. We come to crossroads in our life when these times come up and either we can be in denial and angry with God and everyone around us and destroy our life or we can go down the path where Jesus is there to carry us and help us so we are able to walk again. I am walking now down that path that Jesus has for me and I am so grateful He is always there by my side ready to catch me if I fall. Thank you Jesus for all the trials in my life. Thank you for always being there. Tif I know you are cheering me on everytday in life, I just wish we could be on this journey together. I love you lil sis and miss you so much. I know the last 10 months for you has been amazing, all the questions, all the people that you are meeting and the true happiness you feel. I will miss and love you Tif forever! Love always your big sis
Posted by: Corinna (Big Sis) on October 9th, 2008
Hey Babygirl...Missing you so much and wishing you were here....just want to talk and share all the goings on....Did you hear the song written about you? Have you seen all the hard work Drew and the others have put into this movie? Wow...you have really impacted your world hon!!! So many touched, healed, saved changed forever!!!!
I'm grateful for all that God has done, is doing and is going to do....
My heart still aches for you though...
Miss and love you always
Posted by: Diane on October 8th, 2008
Hey girl its Mona! I just wanted to stop in and say how you have been a big inspiration in my life and you are very muched missed and loved! I have to do a speech for a class and I am going to explain how you are such an inspiring person and now angel. I want to be able to get your story out there, and let people know how much you love everyone. The things and memories you accomplished in life are so amazing. I love you girl and miss you dearly! Today I was in the doctor for bad pains kinda scary being pregnant and not knowing these things happen. I pray everyday you watch over and if anything ever were to happen you will that angel looking over lending your helping hand. I love you girl! Goodnight! I hope your here my speech and it all goes well! xoxo
Posted by: Ramona Vitali on September 19th, 2008
As I read all the messages that continue to shower in, I feel blessed to know my cousin touched so many people and continues to do so -- many of whom never even had the opportunity to meet her in person. What a wonderful blessing for all of us and great example that what we do, how we interact with people, and how we live our lives...be it a kind word, gentle smile, hug, comforting word, lending ear...all carries on to others. As I sit here today and sigh knowing another month has gone by, I still continue to be sad as I want to see her and talk to her, yet I also find comfort in knowing and believing she is okay and smiling and laughing and still helping others. She was taken far, far too early, which is why it still hurts and bothers us so bad, but I know she is okay and she would want us to find comfort in that. To those of you that have written comments and those of you reading the comments, thank you...for taking the time to remember Tiffany. She will forever be missed.
Posted by: Tami McClure (1st Cousin) on September 10th, 2008
Hey tff...we really miss you...dimples. smiles and laughter....everything we try to keep fresh in our memories....Thought of you last night and what beautiful memories we all have of you...many gracious friends that have supported your mom. they are all people you have brought to our lives...thank you...May god continue to touch all of us that are missing you...love your 2nd dad
Posted by: Michael on September 9th, 2008
You are all in my thoughts and prayers regularly. But especially today on yet another anniversary of her homegoing. It breaks my heart that your daughter is no longer here to shower you with her love, her devotion to her God and her sparkly personality. I am sorry I never met her but am glad she was here to bless you all. May the Lord richly bless and comfort all of you in your love and loss of Tiffany.
Posted by: Kristin on September 9th, 2008
I went to high school with Tiff. I didn't know here well, but she was always fun in class and always smiling! I really enjoyed the utube site that Alicia Santeramo put out here. Who ever made it thank you. It was beautiful.
Posted by: Amanda Samarzja on August 28th, 2008
A year ago this week was the last time that our family saw Tiffany. I've been thinking about it all week. The kids were so excited that they were able to spend the week with her when she was in town. She wanted to take them up north for a family gathering, but it didn't work out since Robby had sailing camp. Now I wish they would have been able to do it. I think about her so often. I am finally able to smile and laugh when I think of her, rather than always crying. I know her death will never make sense to me. I have an overwhelming feeling that Tiffany should be here living her beautiful life, although I know her soul is at peace.
Posted by: Heather on August 14th, 2008
For 8 months now my heart has been aching that you are gone. I miss you so terribly much and just want you back. I will always remember and miss you. I love you Tif!
Love Pappy (Tif's dad)
Posted by: Tom Johnson on August 10th, 2008
Today is 8mos.....WOW! It seems like forever as I write that but feels like such a short time ago Dec 8 that I was listening to you on the phone giggling with excitement about the costume party that was to happen in only a few hrs. And how you were going to make a mask for Julie because she didn't have time because of all the cooking. Just like you honey,always helping someone out! I don't even want to think about the rest.....
Today we buried Butch's ashes I tell everyone that you probably got to escort him into heaven since he escorted you and Corinna into our wedding! :)That was a happy day! Then we stopped and put flowers at your grave...pretty daisies, can you see them? Then we went to "Keep it simple" remember? You were there with us last year and gave me a french manicure as we yacked with everyone? Another happy day...
I'm trying real hard to remember all the happy times.....but sometimes all the horror and senselessness of your death comes rushing in and I cry till the tears won't come anymore! And that's okay...I need to miss you cause I love you...and I know that the Lord is right here holding me and he won't let me down. I will be there to see him with you someday......Can't wait!
Love you honey and miss you more everyday!
Posted by: Diane on August 9th, 2008
Nothing more to say today than I miss you Tiff...
Posted by: Tami McClure (1st Cousin) on August 8th, 2008
So today it is 08-08-08 and it was 8 months ago today that all of our lives would forever be changed. So how am I doing how is the family doing?.... Well I am trying to get all the support and help that I possibly can to help me in deal with not having you here, in that, I am going to grief group meetings, POMC(parents of murdered children) meetings, reading books about grief, and turning to the one place, that you Tif, always said to turn to for answers, God's Word. I have the Bible that you got for me and will share the message that you wrote to me with everyone who reads this, "Dear Corinna, So I hope that you didn't think I wasn't going to be like grandma and write you a letter ;) This will be shorter. Just wanted to encourage you that all your questions can be found in God's Word. It is our handbook on life. It guides us and shows us what is right and wrong and how to live. I am so thankful you asked me to get you this and I know you will be richly blessed! I love you and admire you for all strength and courage! Love you Lots, Your sister Tiffany" I cry every time I read this! It was like God was preparing things that were to come. How you wrote to me in there that all my questions can be found in God's word, I am struggling and to have that written from you it was like God was speaking through you to me. I am finding answers and trying to deal with things as much as possible, but I still and forever will always miss you!! As for the rest of the fam we are all just trying to be there for one another supporting and leaning on eachother when we are having our bad times. God is more present in my life than ever before. God is revealing Himself to me more and more everyday and my relationship with Him is growing stronger by the day. I do have my struggles but I know with God's help I will become stonger and live my life the way that He has planned it. He has carried me through my unimaginably hard times and continues to walk by my side, His love is all I feel. Thank you Tif for being my sister and thank you Jesus for the time that I did have with my sister. Even though I am your big sis I am learing so much from you and I am so proud of the woman you became. I hope we can all take a page from the "Tif book" in being the child of God that He wants us to be no matter what anybody else has to say, and loving and caring for people more than ever before. I love you Tif!!! I miss you!! Sending all my love to you always! Love your Big Sis
Posted by: Corinna (Big Sis) on August 8th, 2008
i never knew you but let me tell you. you changed my life. i staffed in denver right before you came and did your dts. I was on a long term team in bosnia with YWAM Denver when my father was diagnosed with cancer. I came home to care for him and when he died I couldn't go back. The pain of losing him was too much. As time passed I got caught up with the responsibilities of life here and ignored my heart and how much i wanted to go back to the mission field. December 10th i was standing in the kitchen at my moms house when i got the call about what happened. I knew I was to go out to Denver , to pray and mourn with my friends and help in anyway that i could. when i got there i went to the worship time before we re-entered the base. As i was sitting there i knew the Lord was telling me that although you and Phil were gone you would inspire so many others to missions. The Lord reminded me of my heart for the nations....my heart for bosnia. there in that worship center i decided to go back to bosnia. i am leaving next month and i wanted to say thank you. thank you to a friend i will never know. through you the Lord has brought back one of my dreams. i cannot thank you enough.
Posted by: laurie on July 17th, 2008
I did school of worship in 2007(april to june) I am from Mexico and me and may family had a room at the Arvada base, the firts person we met was Tiffany, she was the hospitality director and she recived us with a big smile, we stayed in the room just next to her for all this 3 months and almost every morning she was the first person that say good morning or sometimes in spanish "BUENOS DIAS" to us, she us to play with my 3 year old son Evan, she was just full of life, we will always remember Tiffany, its was hard to believe whar happened, but we know for sure that she have a crown in heaven next to Jesus.
from Mexico The Hernandez family Ricardo, Citlali and Evan.
Posted by: Ricardo Hernandez on July 17th, 2008
How does one even begin to try to make sense of something like this. You just can't. What an absolutely senseless terrible tragedy. I graduated with Tiffany from HHS. I did not know here particularly well but she was one of those people who was a friend of everybody. You will be greatly missed at all times but especially at times like class reunions etc. You would have guaranteed that everyone was smiling and having a good time. We will think about you. Rest in peace and we will see you again someday.
Posted by: Mike on July 12th, 2008
7 months since you left us. I miss you so muchand not a thing I can do to bring you back to us. I go to your grave site almost every day and all I can do is cry. I love you Tif I wish I could have you back. Lord explain WHY??
Posted by: tom (Pappy) on July 10th, 2008
Today is such mixed emotions. I was up late last night and could not stop thinking about you and all you went through on that fateful night. Then I was woken at 6:00 am to Trent all excited because today is his 9th birthday. I can't believe he is 9 already and I can't believe it has been 7 months already today. I am sad that you are not here to share in all the excitement that we have planned for the day and pray that you are watching over all of us and sending your love from up above. I love you and miss you so much Lil Sis! Please send lots of love down to your nephew today and your nieces and let them feel that you are watching over them. Today I celebrate my son's golden birthday and grieve the 7 months that you have not been with us. I will never forget and always remember! Love you Tif
Love Always your Big Sis
Posted by: Corinna (Big Sis) on July 9th, 2008
Sort of sad as I write this as my day has been hectic at work (meeting after meeting, documents to create, people to email, etc.), so as I was just sitting here wishing the day would go by, I was drawn to your site and it dawned on me, you were reaching out to me to remind me I should be thankful to have a job, work to do and people to converse with. Here I was sitting with the glass half empty and now I am looking at the glass half full. Funny how you still touch upon me, the family, your friends...after being gone for 7 months. I still can't believe the time has passed by though..it seems like just yesterday. I miss you Tiff. Britani showed me a picture of you the other day when she was just a baby. You were young too, and holding her hands helping her walk. Your smiles lit up the picture. Not a wonder why the kids had such a strong bond with you. They always had a blast with you and talk of you so often. We still sit and ponder at times what great things you are doing spreading your love around. Today marks another month gone by, but just as we are thinking of you, I know you are in such a good place watching over all of us. We will NEVER forget you, Tiff!
Posted by: Tami McClure (1st cousin) on July 9th, 2008
Babygirl, I miss you soooo much!!! It's been 7 months today....can that be?!!! It doesn't seem like that long since you were taken from us and put in the arms of Jesus! I hate that I can't talk with you or give you big hugs and "I love yous"!!! I miss that!
For the most part the Lord has been so faithful to hold me up and help me through this time of pain and grief. But when these days hit the pain is overwhelming...and yet His grace and presence are there! He graciously lets me grieve you being gone, but holds me all the while! He's soooo amazing! I can't imagine the joy you feel being able to look Him in His eyes!!!! Can't wait to do the same...In a blink of an eye I will be there and only have tears of joy no more sorrow! Can't wait! I grow tired of this world and it's hurt...I wanna be home too! But the Lord must have more work for me and more work to do one me:). So I will perservere as you did and keep my eyes on the prize at the end. I want Him to say "Well done good and faithful servant" as I imagine He said to you when you arrived!
See you soon Babygirl!
I love and miss you EVERYDAY!
Posted by: Diane on July 9th, 2008
As I grow older it seems that Birthdays, for most, have become just another day.
Unless, of course, you were blessed enough to have Tiff as a friend!
Tiffany had the ability to bring the magic back into your special day, just like when you were a kid. For me, she made me feel like the "Birthday Girl" (that I never truly experienced in elementary school, as my birthday landed in the summer months!)
Throughout the years we always celebrated our birthdays together- every single one of them. Even those years we lived in different states and were forced to celebrate when it was technically neither of our birthdays... we'd just make do and play pretend- which sometimes this entailed us telling people we were twins to get our entitled dessert!! (What waitress could argue logic with her dimples?!)
It comes with no surprise that her "birthday specialty" reached out to many. Recently, I've had calls from people expressing sadness felt when facing their first birthday without one of Tiffy's infamous home baked and frosted cakes...
and childlike enthusiasm that quickly spread to all lucky enough to be in her presence...
Happy Birthday, Tiffany!!
Words cannot express how deeply loved and missed you are!!
Posted by: Sara on June 20th, 2008
Happy Birthday, Tiff. I've been thinking about you a lot, and my heart is feeling a achey. The kids have been having lemonade stands like they used to do with you so often. I know they are thinking about you as they dole out the lemonade and make their signs. I wish you could see them growing up. I was thinking about last August when Robby (at 5 ft tall now) was still giving you the running bear hugs. I think I told him he was getting too big if he was going to knock you down. You just laughed and hugged him. You are so alive in our minds. We made a donation to your memorial fund in honor of your 27th birthday. We love ya, TT.
Posted by: Heather carson on June 19th, 2008
its hard to write everything that is going thru my mind after 6 months and right before you would have been 27 birthday. We miss you Tiff. Every time i look at apicture my heart aches with sadness for you. We do the best we can but somtimes the pain is so great. Even though you are sitting on the throne with Jesus we miss those smiles and hugs. You would be so proud of your sister and how much she has spread her earthly wings and is so soft and cuddly...never thought that I bet!Many blessings you have brought in life and many have your passing brought to those in need. Thanks for showing us so much love and showing us how to love..When I look at the sky I wish I could see your face...sometimes I think I can...We love and miss you...your step-dad
Posted by: Jake on June 18th, 2008
Tif...it has been 6 months and I miss you sooooo much. Tif would have been 27 on June 19th and it seems like yesterday that she was born and I was holding her in my arms. I know all of us that knew Tif need to support one another but for me it is still very difficult at times. I keep asking the Lord, "Why did you allow this to happen and why did you not protect my Tiffany" and no answer. I guess the only time I will really know is when I'm with Him. Time and life goes on and I try to hide my hurt feelings as best as possible and people forget but I will NEVER forget you Tif. I pray that time could change and you would still be here but I know that is not reality and you are in a better place. I LOVE YOU TIFFANY!
Love Pappy (Tifs Dad)
Posted by: Tom Johnson on June 17th, 2008
I came across this video on youtube of Tiffany today. I just wanted to share it with every one.
Who ever made it, did a beautiful job.It brought tears to my eyes. Reading these reflections, I cried.
I remember when I first heard about this horrible tragedy. I was watching it on the news. I remember thinking how horrible it was ..and then they released the names. My heart sank. TIffany Johnson... there are alot of Tiffany Johnsons right?.. from Chisholm. Oh no. Then the picture came. Her smile. Her dimples. It was her. I went to school with Tiff and attended the same Church. We hadn't seen eachother in years as I moved away, but ironically enough I had just been thinking of her a week before this happened. I was wondering what she had been up to. She was an amazing person. Always smiling. Those of us who knew Tiff will never forget that smile. It was contagious.
I miss you Tiff. I wish we hadn't lost touch over the years, but I will never forget you.
You are in a better place now where there is no violence or hatred. Peace be with you, and god bless.
Posted by: Alicia Santeramo on June 11th, 2008
Today is very hard as was last night all I could think of was you Tif. Today it has been 6 months and although the reality has definitly hit hard and set in, I can still hear your voice and see you walking into my house and playin with the kids and asking me to make you some home made food. I miss you so much and the time seems to be flying by and standing still all at once. I feel a tremendous peace over me and know that I will get through this but when I think about you at the same time it is soooooo hard that I will never hear your voice again, here on earth anyway, and although I don't know when my time will come it just seems like that is so far away. I think about what you are doing everyday and if you know how much we are hurting and miss you. Please ask God to give me more strength to help me get through this I miss you, this hurts SO BAD!!!! I just can't believe this is my life, I just have to remember that God's plan is the best one, He loves us so much and knows what is best and even if we can't see it now or maybe ever I know that He loves me and has an awesome plan for me. I am choosing to follow His plan and accept that I may not always like or want to do what He has for me, but I choose to obey God's plan. I know you are in a place no one can even imagine and would never want you to come back for anything, you fulfilled God's plan for your life and are continuing to change lives through your death.
I have made some truly amazing friends through you Tif, they are all so wonderful. I am so blessed that they are all here for me. It is your birthday on June 19th and that will be another hard day, but I will be with the family and have alot of people surrounding me and me surrounding them. I love you Tif I pray that you can hear me when I say that and are sending me lots of love. I miss you and today and on your birthday I will remember all the fun times and share all the good memories. I Love you Lil Sis I will always REMEMBER!
Posted by: Corinna (Big Sis) on June 9th, 2008
I miss you Tiff. There is not a day that goes by that i dont think about you. I miss your shining face. I miss our cuddle sessions. I miss you calling me up for spontaneous adventures up mountains or down sidewalks in the night...your amazing. I know you are up there and you are cheering me on every step of the way. You really have taught me so much...Its amazing how that works out...I love you Tiff. I keep all your pictures on my wall haha its kind of funny sometimes cuz i think if you ever saw it you would make fun of me. but your so dang beautiful i just hafta have your photos all over the place!! Im applying for an internship with the Justice House of Prayer in San Francisco. I remember how much you loved san fran. I really hope i get this internship i am praying! it would start in a month so we'll see! anyways, you are forever in my heart...i love you...i miss you something awful...
Posted by: chrisdene cloud on June 1st, 2008
Hey Tif, I never had the pleasure of meeting you but I wish you could know and I want your family to know how much you blessed so many people and how your love just keeps flowing on. I really couldn't say it any better than my sister in law, Dan's mother, Linda, said in her post dates March 31st 2008.
Posted by: Jenny Griebenow on May 31st, 2008
sorry this has taken so long ... first i want to thanks for all the prayer and support i just god back from assisting an out reach to israel which was amazing ive never seen God open as many doors as he did while we were there. it was amazing to see how the students grew closer to God and allowed God to use them and let his light shine through them while we were just hanging in the streets. even though my time at ywam denver has now come to end my life is still wrapped in missions. next on my plate is an around the world trip i am planning with for of my friends. we are starting in japan where we will be working with a ministry that reaches out to the youth involved in extreme sports. and the trip just keeps going from there ill keep you updated on where and what we will be doing. please pray that God will give me clear direction and also provide the funding need for the trip. cause we will be gone for about 8 to 9 months. once again thanks for the prayers and support
Posted by: Dan Griebenow on May 29th, 2008
I miss you! I keep thinking of you running around in that gorgeous green bridesmaid dress like the princess of God you always were. I think of your shining face free of worries, fears, doubts. I selfishly wish you could be here to share the good times as you were always there for me during the low ones, but you already knew the good that was coming. I wish you could have been the godparent of our baby due in December. I had always counted on you being there. I wish I could hear you all the way up in heaven filled with utter joy over it. I now look forward to my heavenly home more knowing you will be there to greet me. I press on knowing you are one of the great cloud of witnesses watching as we persevere on in this great race!
Posted by: Rebecca on May 24th, 2008
It has been 5 months. Some days it feels like 5 years and some days it feels like 5 minutes. I LOVE and MISS you so much.I will NEVER forget you
Posted by: Tom Johnson on May 10th, 2008
i miss you lots today friend. I can't believe I haven't seen you beautiful face in five months...and that that time is only going to increase. 5 months ago today we were hugging and laughing and having a good ol' time with our men...and it was the last day I ever saw you. I love still just as much as ever. Lyric is getting so big...crawling around all over the place, exploring and getting into everything...all the while chatting up a storm. She'll be walking soon. Baby #2 is alive and well, I'm almost through my 1st trimester. Just thought I'd tell you all that. I'll send a prayer to heaven that Jesus tells you all that since I can. sigh, the pain never goes away. i miss you friend
Posted by: Petra Russell on May 8th, 2008
I've had Tiffany on my mind A LOT the last few days... simply when looking at Britani and Elijah thinking back to all the times she stopped by to just hang out with them, playing with them for hours on end laughing and listening to them talk about whatever. She has come into my mind when simply driving down the road as she always pointed out how pretty things were. I laugh as one time when she lived with us, Britani came upstairs screaming at how a big spider was on her floor...we ran downstairs and as scared as we were, we looked for it...just to both jump back when we realized it was about an inch away from our hands and we had not seen it. We laughed for about an hour until our stomachs hurt so bad we couldn't laugh anymore. I remember her telling Elijah about how there were no monsters under his bed or in his closet, and to think of something good when he got scared as that would make things better. Funny, to this day, as I watch a scary movie, I laugh as I picture Tiffany watching over me and pushing the bad source out of the way protecting me. Tiffany was such a great person - a great family member, but a wonderful friend. She may have learned to be a bit more responsible by living with me, but I learned to stop and smell the roses more and enjoy life to its fullest by having her around. I hurt inside knowing I didn't contact her as often as I wanted, or tell her more how very much I loved her and was proud of her, but somehow, I feel okay as I know she knew that and still knows it now. As I read all of the beautiful messages, it is amazing how many people she has impacted, and if it is that many people here on earth, I can only imagine the strides she is making in heaven. It is understandable the mourning process will carry on for a long time as losing her hit us all so hard, but I have made the choice to enjoy the blessings of her spirit instead of feeling the pain of her loss as that has helped me heal. I know this wil not be the last time I see her, and when I eventually do, that reunion is going to be great!
Posted by: Tami McClure (1st cousin) on May 6th, 2008
We have had the pleasure of knowing Tiff for a few years. We loved Tiff. She touched lives all over Minnesota, the U.S., and the world. It is fun to read through the postings and see evidence of that confirmed with notes from Chile, a Bible left in Japan, and memories from all over the States. She has lived like Jesus and loved the outcasts. With that in mind, a film has just being finished in Bengali by the YWAM missionaries in India. In the credits there is a memorium to Tiffany's life. So despite death, the Lord is using Tiffany's life to change the landscape of the world once again. May many Bengali's find Jesus as Tiff has done. Way to go, God! And thanks to the Johnson's for sharing Tiff with the world.
Posted by: M.B. on April 17th, 2008
Family and Friends
Am deeply touch by this incredible angel in the form of Tiffany Johnson, never knew the miracle she was but i feel connected. YWAM is by far the best organization a young christian with a dream of spreading the WORD can join. It challenges your faith and melts your heart for the nations.
Thank you for sharing Tiffany with us and even those who didnt know her in life will benefit from her life in death.
BE comforted that we have a blessed hope of seeing her again.
SMILE AND DWELL ON ALL THE HAPPY MEMORIES
Posted by: Yoneasha Beason on April 13th, 2008
I never got the chance to meet Tiffany here on earth but after all the things I've heard about her I realize this was my lost because she seems to have been an amazing gir. I'm a YWAM kid and did my DTS in January of last year. I've had a calling to work in the mission field since I was 13 but kept on putting it off. When Tiffany died it really hit me hard as if I had lost a sister. I think was hit the most is that this girl lived life to the fullest and was doing what God her called her to do without reservations. Today I am convinced that the mission field is where God's called me, and I cant waite to spend my whole entire life serving him.
Posted by: Kelly on April 12th, 2008
Tiffy not only knew how to cheer me up- she always made the effort. Even now, when I need her most, she brings a smile to my face.
Tiffy and I were driving down south to drop off her car for repair, and I had to first stop to a gas station. I was sad, for some reason or another that day, and Tiffy made it her mission to cheer me up.
When I returned to my car from paying for gas, I found a bag of with two bait fish swimming around seat belted into the passenger seat of my car along with a bag of gummy worms. I couldn't stop laughing for like two days (which outlasted my new pets...
She told me the gas station atttendant looked at her like she was looney when she asked for only two fish, which were always bought in larger quantities... Goes to show, she was truly one of a kind.
I love you so much, Tiffy.
Posted by: sara"h" on April 10th, 2008
I miss you so much Tif I can not believe it has been four months since you were taken out of my hands and put into the hands of the Lord. I keep thinking back of what a strong person you were for the Lord. Your faith was way stronger than mine at the time My faith has grown extremlly as I talk to you and the Lord daily.
The Tiffany Johnson Memorial Fund has given out three donations to youth missionaries. An application will be put on this web site shortlly. You have touched so many people while you were here and are still touching people in your passing I would like to thank all the people for their donations and I pray for continued support to the Memorial Fund. We will try to keep your legacy ALIVE in donating to youth missionaries.
I still cry everyday in not having you to talk to ,hold, and see your glowing face I know your in a better place but it still hurts.This has been a nightmare and the pain I feel is unimaginable. I LOVE & MISS YOU and will NEVER forget you.
Lord give my family and myself comfort knowing she is with You
Posted by: TOM JOHNSON (PAPPY) on April 9th, 2008
Tif I can't believe it has been four months already. On one hand I feel like it has been forever since I talked to you but on the other I feel like it was just yesterday that we were talkin about you coming home. I hate that you are gone and that I can't share the things that are going on in my life with you, and that I can't see the things that you are doing. I miss you sooooo much and I will everyday. God has blessed me through all this and is continuing to carry and walk me through this time. He is healing my heart and giving me hope for a better future in Him. I have a new perspective on life and know that I can accomplish and get through anything with Jesus in my life. I will forever continue to strive to be the woman God wants me to be. This has made me realize that this life is just barely a blink of an eye compared to eternity that I will spend with Jesus and you! It puts the urgency in my life to get the things done that I need to here because it will go by quickly. The things we all accomplish here, in this blink of an eye, will determine our eternity our forever, and I want my forever to be with Jesus. I love you Tif and thank you so much for being an inspiration in my life as well as many others. I have learned in this four months that I can't think about all the things that you missed out on here, I have to think of all the positive good things that are coming from this including my new spiritualy stronger relationship with our Lord. I can't wait for the day I get to see you again and the long talks we can have again and giving you a big hug. I love you Lil Sis!!! Please continue to pray for me and my family for strength and healing and new perspectives. Love your Big Sis
Posted by: Corinna Nelson (Big Sis) on April 9th, 2008
Oh how I miss you Tiff. It is now been four months since you went home to be with Jesus. I know you're having a great time in your mansion, and someday I'll will get to visit you there. But right now, it's still very hard and we miss you and will continue to miss you. And while I am still here on this earth, I pray God will use me to bring your message of "changing the world by loving on people." A message of bringing the light and joy and hope of Jesus to a very hurting world. Thank you Tiffany for showing me a wonderful example of spending time with family and friends. You made the best of your time and spent it with others. You didn't take time for granted ... the short time we here in these earthly tent's. Thank you Tiffany for the Jesus example that you've left with us all.
1 Peter 4:7-11 (New American Standard Bible)
7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.
8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another (just like Tiff), because love covers a multitude of sins.
9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen!
May it be so in my life and all of our lives.
Posted by: Andy Ronchak on April 8th, 2008
Hi Tif, I am praying that God will let you see the impact you have had on the world. I can just imagine you in heaven marveling at what God did with such a sad situation. Today, Dan and Jon left for Israel to change their world. Becky left yesterday for Costa Rica. So you see, you are still changing your world. I can't begin to tell you what incredible things God has done in the lives of my family because of your influence. God used it to rescue Becky and Jon and give them direction and a purpose. He has blessed thousands through you and your testimony. You will live on in our hearts until we join you in heaven. We love you, Tif
Posted by: Linda Griebenow on March 31st, 2008
3 months....such a short time but such a long time.Everyday it seems we miss you more. Your playfulness, your smile(especially those dimples), your tears and your thoughtfulness. As I write this I think of how much you meant to our family and how much we meant to you.The short time I spent with you helped me in so many ways...especially in becoming a member of your family. You took me in and loved me up. May the joy that you are experiencing in Gods house be shared with the rest of us.I hope you aren't teasing the big guy too much.You are in our hearts...thanks for helping me to be a dad...with love your stepdad
Posted by: Michael Jacobson on March 9th, 2008
ONE thing I want to tell you tiff youl like this one For state turnament? I will put TJ for good luck Tiff we will become state chapions because YOUR GOOD LUCK.
LOVE YOU TIFFANY
Posted by: Elijah on March 5th, 2008
Tiff was one of BEST COUSIN you could EVER have. She use to bring me and my sister to the mall of america she didn't have to but she did and that I will NEVER for get about Tiff. I really LOVE YOU Tiff I'll NEVER for get YOU.NEVER
Posted by: Elijah on March 5th, 2008
Oh how I miss you bringing me a chai tea latte when I had a bad day at work or sending me encouragement. I never realized how brave you were loving people despite your own hurts. You tried to tell me, then show me. I miss you!
Posted by: Becky Bjorum on March 1st, 2008
During January of 08, I went on a missions trip to China to help deliver Bibles to mainland China. In honor of Tiffany, I decided to dedicate my portion of the trip to her memory. We were given a Chinese Bible to help us remember to pray and prepare for the trip and then to eventually give it away as we felt led.
Our flight went through Tokyo, Japan and I felt led to leave that Bible at the airport terminal. We prayed over that Bible and I believe that God will use His Word and the person who received that Bible to bring many to salvation.
Posted by: Dave Wigstadt on February 26th, 2008
I can't believe its been over two months! Tiff, I miss you. Your unwaivering joy and commitment to our Father. You have inspired so many and I am constantly reminded by your legacy that I should give give give and love love love. I will remember. You will forever hold a place in my heart.
Posted by: Will on February 11th, 2008
To my Lil Sis Tif,
Last night and this morning have been really hard, it has been two months today. I think back to Dec. 9 at 2:00 in the morning when I got the first phone call. I knew it was something bad for someone to call me that late. Mom called me and told me that you had been shot. My heart sunk to my stomach and I felt panicked. I asked her what happened and at the time we did not have that much information. We thought that you had been shot in the stomach. Mom was going to let me go and try to get more information. I talked with Kelly and he said "Tif is strong and God is watching over her." I really did not expect the things that were to come. I prayed and asked God to help you be in no pain and give you comfort, which I know He did. I really thought this would be another one of your amazing testimonies that you would live to tell years to come. When I got the phone call that you had passed away, I was shocked, mad, sad, in dissbelief, things were racing through my mind a million miles an hour. All the sisterly things. When we were little, the good and bad times, the times you were there for me and the times I was there for you. I could not believe you were gone and in some ways I still can't believe you are gone. This last 2 months has been a rollercoaster that I never wanted to be on, it is one of those things you say "Why me" or "Those kind of things don't happen to me", but it did. So then I have asked God "Why did You not save her" and "Why did you not perform a miracle and let her live?" It has taken me awhile to undrstand and accept what I feel God's plan is. I think because you loved and touched so many people when you were here, God knew that you would continue to love and touch many more people with your passing, including myself. I have told mom and dad, that I feel that this is such a bittersweet feeling. Bitter that I do not have my sister here anymore to share joys, triumphs, sorrows and life, but sweet that I really truly feel God's presence in my life and have more meaning and purpose to my life than ever before. I can feel God's loving arms surrounding me and helping me through this time, I know without Him I would not be able to make it, and be the person that I want and am becoming. I hate that it had to take losing you my lil sis for me to open my eyes and heart, but I am so grateful for all the years that I did have with you and all the special times we shared. I know you are watching over all of us and cheering us on to become the people God intends for us to be. I often think about what heaven is like, what are you doing, how many friends are you making, what did you say to Jesus when you first saw His face? It is amazing to me that you have every questioned answered and you are truly happy. I know that one day I will have all my questions answered as well and that you will be waiting to greet me. Oh how I can't wait! There is still much work to be done here though, and with God's help we can accomplish anything.
I miss and Love you Lil Sis!!!
Love your Big Sis
Posted by: Corinna (Big Sis) on February 9th, 2008
I miss you Tiffany,I still want to touch you, talk to you and see you but I know you are at peace right along side of the Lord You had changed many lives when you were here and is amazing the lives you are still changing. You are and will always be in my heart
ILOVE YOU TIF FOREVER
Posted by: TOM JOHNSON on February 9th, 2008
I read the messages to Tiffany and her family and friends. I hear the love for her. I hear the sadness and the deep sorrow over her loss. I hear the mourning over her absence and in many ways I am heartened by the honesty of the emotion. Tiffany was a gift, a wonderful, perfect gift from God. To not mourn would be as wrong as denying the joy of her coming. She was a blessing and her going leaves pain. As believers we mourn with hope. But we do mourn. Jesus was heartbroken over Lazarus' death even though He knew He would raise him from the dead. It is so necessary to mourn this special, wonderful child of the King of Kings. Her parents rejoiced in her coming and her living. It is only right to mourn and cry to God over her early home going. God is not surprised at the grief you all bear. Grief is not a lack of faith. Grief is an emotion. It is what we do with that grief that is important. Crying to God in our pain is an act of faith and it honors God. I am so thankful for Tiffany and that in this life she was so blessed by so many people who love her. I am thankful that God knows and cares how hard this is for all of you. I pray that God will surround you with reminders of His love for each of you as you cry and grieve to Him who calls Himself the Father,the originator and supplier of true comfort. He cares for your loss and He alone can carry you as you mourn for Tiffany.
Posted by: Kristin on February 5th, 2008
Remembering Tiffany Johnson
Her twenty-six years went by so fast
Only God knew that it wouldn't last,
Her laughter is ringing, dimpled cheeks aglow
She's traded those years that she had begun
For a glorious place where time can not go.
Jesus has met her, she's looked into his face.
I can not imagine her back in this place.
Man's anger can't hurt her and nor can the gun.
She's greeted by angels who shine like the sun.
The martyrs applaud her and pay her respect
She's honored far more than she would expect.
Her run was a short one but she won the race.
I can't imagine her back in this place.
Time ticks its hours as minutes and seconds plod on
We keep on counting all the folks that have gone
Tears dry, Memories fade, God's peace gets us by
The world's people like caged birds long to fly
We labor in ripened fields by God's grace,
Pulling others from the fire so they can leave this place.
We must stay, the world needs us
Even so, Come Lord Jesus
Posted by: Lois on February 5th, 2008
Four shot in Arvada
The bearers of love and light
Shot by him who needs them most!
Father unsought, his way was lost.
He knew not from whence his flight.
Shallow roots in rocky soil,
Tethers to heaven and earth were not.
Who would save him from his lot?
The savior's will he sought to foil.
A killer adrift in amorality.
Opposed to God and Satan's boast.
Jesus' plan unknown to most.
He is the Way in reality.
Satan's attack, not so wise
God's kingdom is enlarged
Missionary disciples, re-charged
Jesus' martyrs glory in paradise!
Posted by: David on January 29th, 2008
Tiffy, I wish my faith was as strong as yours. I miss you so much and want you to be alive - to finish your education, to go to Japan, to get married, to have kids, to laugh, to smile, to play, to hug, to love, to just be you. I've tried so hard to find comfort in knowing you are with the Lord now. I told the kids you would have never been afraid to die because you loved Jesus and had such a deep faith. I've tried praying to feel closer to you and find the answers I need, but the pain won't go away. My faith has been challenged by your loss. My feelings alternate from profound sadness to anger because it just shouldn't be this way. You were always so committed to doing the right thing and following the path that was intended for you. This shouldn't have been at the end of your path.
I will always feel so blessed that we had you in our lives. I wish I could have said goodbye and told you how much we love you. I hope you knew.
Posted by: Heather on January 24th, 2008
Oh Tiffy I miss you so much today. I don't know why today I miss you more than yesterday but I do. I miss hearing you talk for hours about Dan, Japan, love and life. I miss coming in the door after you'd been watching Lyric and seeing you laughing together. I miss random texts throughout the day. I miss going in the long office and leaving you notes on your desk. I miss that I can't invite you to Lyric's first birthday in a month. I miss us hanging out when the boys did. I miss us hanging out with the boys. I miss my shopping partner, my constant laughter, my goofy friend. I miss setting goals, and honest talk, and hugs each day. I miss you...
I ache inside and the tears fall freely. You, my friend, are the beautiful soul I long to be.
Posted by: Petra on January 23rd, 2008
tiff...i miss you so much. you were such an amazing friend to me. i cry because your gone. i want you back so badly. thank you for all the great memories. i feel so privilaged to have as many as i do in the short time you were on earth. i am happy that i got to know you. im sorry for giving you crap about being so busy...i just wanted you for myself all the time. you made me feel loved and beautiful and fun. haha every time i hear the song "just like heaven" but the cure i just laugh and cry. thinking about us dancing away in my car to it all the time. i miss you so much. i wrote this for you...even though i want to write about how much im hurting. how much i miss you. how i wish God had not taken you. i wanted to write about how much you loved Jesus. Your life shined because of your love for him.
You live high above the city
With the stars and sound waves of angels singing
Looking down upon me
Paradise so free
More complete than you will ever be
One day we will be together
And praise our savior forever
But now your eyes they burn in my memory
Like a child's hand print on paper
But his are greater
My heart whispers he is good
And oh how he loves us
You were a sparrow amongst cherry blossoms
Singing our song we danced to
Demons could not suffocate you
Even though they tried to
Your life breaks forth like the dawn
And he comforts us who mourn
Beauty for ashes
Oil of joy
A garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness
His name is glorified through you
My heart has been ripped in two
But i wait for his rain
For it makes all things new
Tiffany your beauty is agonizing
I miss your sweet face and the freedom you gave
You set him as a seal upon your heart
A seal upon your arm
Love as strong as death
Jealousy demanding as the grave
Many waters could not quench your love
This world could not hold you
For he was a fire inside you.
love you tiff.
your friend always and forever
Posted by: chrisdene cloud on January 21st, 2008
Hola, Mi nombre es Claudia soy de Rancagua - Chile, la verdad no conoci personalmente a Tiff, pero muchos equipos de Ywam Denver han hecho su cruzada en nuestra ciudad y en nuestra Iglesia "Red Vida", lamentamos mucho la partida de Tiff y oramos por ustedes como familia para que la paz de Dios llene sus corazones cada dÃa.
Bendiciones para ustedes!!
Posted by: Claudia, from Chile on January 18th, 2008
I have so many memories of Tiffy. She was in my small group in 2006 during her School of Biblical Foundations. I could share lots of stories from that, but my FAVORITE memory of her was when she helped us clean house. She was so willing to help and volunteered to clean our wood floors. She did, and they were BEAUTIFUL!!! She used Pledge! The furniture polish! Our floor was gorgeous, but it was like an Ice Skating rink for MONTHS!!! We still laugh! Oh, I miss her!!!
Posted by: Heidi Theiss on January 14th, 2008
Oh Babygirl....I can't quite wrap my mind around or even think about the fact that you're really not here! Maybe for "some reason" you couldn't get home for Christmas...responsibilities at YWAM or a friend in need or weather...ANYTHING but this reality!!!!! I miss you soooo much my heart aches. I loved what Petra said at your memorial service that she has a "Tiffy shaped hole in her heart"!!! I told God that if he keeps taking chunks of my heart I won't have a heart and he'll have to take me home too...and he said "fill those holes with me". I just love you so much!!!! You loved me with an unconditional love that brought us through some pretty ruff times and I will be forever grateful for ALL the memories I have stored in my heart of you, your birth, when you learned to walk and talk,your quiet way of playing somewhere by yourself, how tiny you where,the horses and long hours of chatting and playing cards in the back of the Suburban after a show, your struggles and heartaches growing up. I'll be forever grateful for all of these and so many more that are too numerous to mention. Thank you for allowing me to be or at least feel like such an important part of your life with all the hour long phone conversations discussing the happenings and struggles in your life. Thank you most of all for calling me "Mommy" and always telling me how you would tell everyone "My Mommy is my best friend". Know that you are effecting sooo many lives still and that your family is all looking to Jesus for the strength and grace to live for Him. To know Him and to Love Him is my ticket to Heaven and to be with you someday in His presence...WOW! What a day that will be!!!! That is all that gives me strength, to count on His promise of spending eternity with Him and all the loved ones that have gone before us. Thank you Jesus for the gift of a beautiful daughter that CHOSE YOU, LIVED for YOU and LOVED YOU!!!! I will love and miss you ALWAYS Babygirl, until I come Home.....
Posted by: Diane Jacobson on January 14th, 2008
whew...snow storms. Tiff I will probably always think of you while I drive in a good ol, Minnesota snow storm.
As I made my way through the snow covered roads late at night, barely able to see out through my window from inside my jeep, I heard a text come in...ah, my friend Tiff. I pulled over by a railroad track, read her text and sent one back saying I couldn't talk as I was in this blizzard, she responded by saying, "pull over, clean your blades, and call me when you get home...I'm praying for you."
The journey wasn't so bad, I knew Tiff was praying.
I think about that night yet today, everytime I have to be out in more than desirable weather.
"I miss you little one...I can't yet take you out of my cell...for then it would be final closure, and I'm not there yet. I miss you...hey, never told you this, but thanks for not letting 28 years come between us.Gapping? I never felt it.
2 b continued...
Posted by: Faye Gibson on January 11th, 2008
My heart aches from the absence of our beloved Tiffany. I could go on about how we met, but I won't. I want to say that her love lives on inside each and everyone of those she touched. The legacy of her life here on earth touch countless lives. I know her life has continued to bless me as I encourage others in their walk in Christ. The love you have for your daugther Mr. Johnson is a love Tiffany felt greatly within her heart and shared with others freely and uncondtionally. May we all be so bold as to share this love with those we meet and who are in our lives.
Love conquers all. I really believe that as she modeled that to the fullest extent.
May the lord bless you with his abounding love and bring an overflowing peace within you each.
Tiffany loved each of you and I know as you all live each day that she will be right there with you. She will live on forever in your hearts and of those who lives she touched.
Posted by: Megan Fitzgerald on January 11th, 2008
IT HAS BEEN ONE MONTH AND I STILL WANT YOU BACK TIFFANY.I WANT TO HOLD YOU TALK TO YOU LAUGH WITH YOU AND YES I KNOW IT IS THE GREED IN ME THAT WANTS YOU HERE ON EARTH. YOU ALWAYS TOLD ME TIF THAT I WANT TO CONTROL THINGS AND I CAN NOT BECAUSE THE LORD CONTROLS EVERYTHING. I KNOW YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE AND YOU ARE WHERE YOU STRIVED TO BE BUT I STILL MISS YOU. THE LORD SAYS "HE WILL NOT GIVE US ANYMORE THAN WE CAN BEAR AND THAT HE HAS THE MASTER PLAN" WELL IT STILL HURTS. IF IT WAS NOT FOR FAITH AND FRIENDS I DO NOT KNOW HOW I COULD MAKE IT THROUGH THIS. TIF YOU HAVE TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE AND MY FAITH ONLY GROWS DAILY BECAUSE I FEEL YOU AND THE LORD THROUGH ALL THE PRAIRES
OH LORD HOW CAN IT BE
THAT TIFFANY WAS TAKEN FROM ME
I AM SO HURT AND ANGRY FOR WHAT HAS BEEN DONE
BUT I KNOW SHE IS WITH "OUR FATHERS" SON
I KNOW ITS YOUR PLAN TO TAKE TIF NOW
MY FAITH GROWS STRONGER THIS I VOW
TIF'S DIMPLES AND SMILE WERE THE VERY BEST
NOW THE LORD CAN ENJOY THEM WITH ALL THE REST
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU TIF
I LOVE AND MISS YOU
LOVE DAD (PAPPY)
Posted by: TOM JOHNSON (PAPPY on January 9th, 2008
One month gone and still loving on people....As I looked at the clock this morning, it was almost to the minute I was called with the news my cousin Tiffany was gone. All day long I have had her and the family in my thoughts. For the last month, I have often pondered on what she may be doing now...laughing and playing with the children in heaven, whispering good thoughts in people's ears here on earth to make them smile, convincing the Lord that those that have not lived their lives so well still deserve a second or third or forth chance. Knowing Tiffany, the answer is all the above. Tiffany touched so many hearts and continues to do so daily. Although she may not be here physically, she IS here in so many other ways. The strong bond she had with my family and my children alone, will be forever cherished. I, too, look forward to seeing her again someday and know in the meantime, she will continue to love on others as she loved on all of us.
Posted by: Tami on January 9th, 2008
Today has been one month since my sister has gone home to see Jesus. I thank all of the people that have supported my family and I through this very hard time. Through this tradegy I have had my own miracles and seen many more. My sister did and is continuing to change the world. Tif I love you and miss you SO much!! It hurts everyday that you are not here. I miss,so much, talking to you and seeing you, but I know with God's help I will get through this and be the person God wants me to be. God has really opened my eyes and changed my heart and I am so grateful that He is there for me. This is a time of change! I pray everyday that God continues to work miracles in my life as well as many others. I love you Tif and I know that when my work here is done, I will see you again. Love Your Big Sis
Posted by: Corinna (Big Sis) on January 9th, 2008
Tiffany wasnt only my cousin she was my best friend she will always have a place in my heart, and i cant wait to see her again some day.
Posted by: Britani on January 1st, 2008
My deepest condolensces goes out to the family of Tiffany. I have lost many friends during the short time that I have been on this earth, most of them to war. But what brings me through it all is all the good memories I have of good times and friends. I met Tiffany in the 4th grade, and instead of the new kid being an outsider she was immediately accepted as one of the family at St. Leos Elementary school. Some of the memories I have are of sliding down the hill at the school, kickball in the spring, and riding horses in the 4H horse shows up in Balkan once in awhile. So I thank you Tiffany for the memories because some of those memories have gotten me through bad times as have all of the good memories I have from when i was younger.
Posted by: Anthony Payne on December 31st, 2007
Hey! I guess I'll start off by saying that Tiff was a cousin of mine, and someone that I LOVED deeply. She has taught me many things by the way that she lived her life and even by her passing here on earth, I have been challenged by her in many new ways. God has really placed it on my heart though to respond to Daylen's message a few posts down from this. And actually to anyone who may be feeling that same way.
It's hard for us, as humans, to understand something so tragic as this. But God is far more amazing than any of us know and He has an understanding that is far greater than we could ever imagine. Daylen, I noticed that you said you wished that you could change places with Tiff, because she was one of His good ones. She was an amazing person, I don't think anyone could disagree with that, but God called HER home and not you for a reason. Right now it's easy to question why God would do such a thing, why he would take an amazing person that had a heart completely sold out to Him. All of the answers to our questions are hidden from us right now, but one day (it might not be until heaven) we will get answers to all of our questions, but I truly believe that now is not the time. Times like this challenge us to never loose faith and they challenge us to place our complete trust in God. We as humans can only see the past and the present. We CAN'T see the big picture. We look out and see the little window that is in front of us. We see her gone, we feel the pain and we see the hurt. God, however, can see the past, the present (in which He cries and hurts right along with us), but He can also see the future. He sees the WHOLE picture from beginning to end.
Tiff lived every day to the fullest; sharing the love of God with anyone she could. She did it so amazingly well too. I know for a fact though she is in a better place; walking streets of gold, with her Maker, Savior and Lord. She has no more pain, she has no more tears and she suffers no more. Tiff died doing what she loved, she died for her Lord, she died doing what God had called her to do. I know that she would not want us to be angry with God for calling her home. And Daylen, that emptiness CAN be filled. It can be filled through the power of Jesus Christ. He has/continues to bring healing upon my life and many others during this time and I know He will for you, all you have to do is ask. I'll be praying for you and anyone else who feels the same way. God knows who you are. Please know that God is crying and feeling your pain right along with you. He wants to heal you, but first you have to let Him.
I love Tiff and I miss her a lot!
I know she is in a better place and I can't wait to join her there, but until then God has a lot more work to be done and a lot more children of His to love on, and it's our job while we are still here on earth to carry that out for Him, just like Tiff did.
Posted by: Alyssa on December 29th, 2007
i just met her one time,
she took me to the airport on the last day
in arvada. even it was just first time for each other to meet..she shared many things like about how she could meet God..how her life have been transformed since she met God..and what she wanted to do in the future...she told she didn't wanna live like before..she loved God..she wanted to work in Japan..
i just appreciate God. who loves tiffany..
and Tiffany...her servantship for us..
her bright heart.
i just give condolence to her family..i'm so sorry...
Posted by: Heechan Kim on December 29th, 2007
What a beautiful young lady!I feel as if I know Tiffany just by reading about her and viewing all the lovely photos! I am originally from Hibbing and instantly felt a kinship with her and her family when I heard the news. Please take comfort in knowing she is now dancing on the streets of gold with all of God's children that were waiting in Heaven to greet her. She completed her purpose on earth and has gloriously stepped into eternity with her Heavely Father! May the God of all peace and comfort be with her dear family and friends who miss her so. God WILL heal the pain in your hearts. Keep holding onto Him and walking forward...
Posted by: Joan on December 28th, 2007
Even now as I type, I struggle to keep my eyes dry remembering her love for God and for people expressed in the stories of her missions trips she shared with our Sunday school class. I have met few young people with comparable enthusiasm and joy in fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord. Tiffany's testimony was a great blessing to me and I have no doubt that is was the same for many others as well.
Posted by: Carmen on December 23rd, 2007
I looked at her gallery today. And two thoughts came. She lived life well, hers was a life well lived. And she has nothing to regret in how she used the life God gave her.
May God continue to comfort her friends and her family with a peace beyond reasoning.
Posted by: Kristin on December 22nd, 2007
Hi i'm Daylen it took me awhile to write something cause honestly I didn't know what to say I wanna start by saying tiff and i were friends for about 7 years i
I loved her like a sister cause she well you know was impossible not to love Tom Linda Corrina and Travis I wish i could change places with her Tiff was one of the good ones I try to celebrate her life but its hard I feel more empty and angry not at her but at god she was one of his best and i feel his greed took her away i've lost a few friends but none made me feel as empty and helpless as tiff. i'd like to thank whoever set up this memorial and her video it helps to fill the emptieness my heart goes out to all of Tiff's Family and friends Sincerely, Daylen Sater
Posted by: Daylen Sater on December 22nd, 2007
Tiffy was my work duties leader. Hospitality. I remember her looking at me one day and asking me "How are you today?" and I said "I'm fine." She looked me straight in the eyes and she said "You're a liar." She was right, because she was always right. She spent the next 4 months of my D.T.S trying to convince me how much Jesus loved me. I know he does because he let her be in my life or rather, me be in hers.
I love you Tiffy.
See you soon.
Posted by: Sylvia on December 21st, 2007
I have so many stories with Tiffany. I met Tiff during our DTS on 06, she was up in the mountains and I was at the base in Arvada. I would always see her when the boarders came for worship and like we all know she was smiling from ear to ear. I have some really funny stories with Tiff, and stories where we just cried and she just held me. She was really good at comforting others. I used to share a room with her and wake up to her face, it was like waking up to the sun because she would brighten your day from the very begining.
Every once in awhile I catch myself wanting to give up on loving someone. It gets to hard or it feels one sided, but then I look at my tattoo that is healing and it begs me to 'remember'. I remember Tiff and her laugh, her joy for life and her love for God and everyone He brought into her life. When I remember that I am able to continue to love.
Thank you Tiff, for so much more than I could have imagined. For a new outlook on life, for inspiring me and for the lives that will benefit from your heart. I love you and I'm so proud of you.
Posted by: Monica Natividad on December 21st, 2007
I was friends with Tiff when we were kids and knew I could always count on a smile on her face, no matter what the circumstance was. Her brother, Travis, was like a brother to me as well. I am so, terribly sorry for your loss... Tiff was truly a unique, loving human being and her smile will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I'll be praying for all of you.
Posted by: Stephanie Meittunen on December 20th, 2007
My heart goes out to Tif's family- i will always remember Tif as a beautiful, fun, carefree, and spirited woman. If i can accomplish in the rest of my years what Tif did in her 26 years, i will have lived a rich and wonderful life.
Her Journey Has Just Begun
Don't think of her as gone away,
Her journey has just begun.
Life holds so many facets,
This earth is only one.
Just think of her as resting,
from the sorrow and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort,
Where there are no days and no years
Think of how she must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadnes
Can really pass away
And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And she was loved so much!
Posted by: sarah frider on December 20th, 2007
It was only about a year ago since I last saw Tiff and I can remember that day like it was yesterday. We were standing in the back room of our church Open Door. Liz was getting married! Shortly before it was time to go Tiff walked in and gave Liz a big huge she was so excited to be there. I also got to give her a huge and catch up on everything she had been doing. I have known Tiff and the Johnson family since I was a little girl. We attended First Assembly together and shared many years in school together. Tiff you will always be in my heart! I love that beautiful smile. To the family you are in mine and my families prayers!! This quote came to me and I would love to share it with you.
"God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December." -J.M.Barrie
Love and God bless you, Laureal
Posted by: Laureal Brown on December 20th, 2007
I knew Tiff from Normandale Community College she was in a few of my classes and we were instant friends. I remember when she told me that she was going to Denver and she was so excited. I hadn't talked to her in while but I always cherished her emails. She was a fantastic loving person who really knew that a smile, her smile went a long way. I used to stop by and talk to her when she used to work at Bakers at MOA. She will be missed.
Posted by: Megin on December 19th, 2007
Tiff and I went to skatechurch together this quarter and I will never forget her heart for those kids. She would meet everyone of them that would stand around long enough to talk to and she would want to know their story. It was so inspiring! The video of her at skatechurch will be in my heart forever. Also on Saturday morning, I truly believe god woke me up to go down and have breakfast because there she was sitting at the table. We had an amazing conversation before she had to go to work but it is also a memory that I will treasure forever. Tiff, I know you saved my life that night and I can't wait to thank you face to face. I love you!
Posted by: Samantha Rostovich on December 19th, 2007
I did my dts with Tiffany in 2006. We both went on the same outreach to Egypt and Cyprus. She made the trip alot of fun. Tiffany had a way of making people feel loved. Ill never forget her smile, and the way she laughed you couldnt help but laugh with her. Its been a year and a half since i saw her last but she always kept contact with me just to ask about my life and how i was doing. My heart goes out to her family. Im very sorry for your loss. Tiffany will be missed by so many.
Posted by: Jon Fisher on December 18th, 2007
Tiffy was like a big sister to me. I did my DTS in Denver this summer and got to know her very well. She was always there to give me big sisterly advice, cry with me, hug me (she had the best hugs), and most of all we laughed. One of my favorite memories with Tiff was when we would worship. We would always stand next to eachother by the pole. When I came to Denver for the memorial service it was really hard to worship without her next to me. But something that Tiffy taught me through all of our days worshipping together was be free. She was an extraordinary person and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know her. I am glad that she loved people without needing a reason to. She accepted me for who I am without judgement. I loved her and I know that she loved me. See you in heaven, Tiff. I'll miss you!
Posted by: Jillian Anderson on December 18th, 2007
It was truly a privilege to meet many of the family that attended the YWAM memorial service in Denver this past week. I felt very much loved and included with the family when we met at the hotel the first evening. You all are truly an amazing family! As a leader in YWAM, I send my deepest heart felt love to you all. Tiffany was loved by all and an inspiration to follow Jesus with everything within us! John Bills
Posted by: John Bills on December 18th, 2007
I just wanted to tell you all how sad and shocked I was to hear about tiffy. I first met in elelmentary I went to st.Leos with tiff and was her bus buddy for years and spent lots of time with her growing up and I have so many memories. I loved tiff she was a wonderful friend and person. She will be missed. Im so sorry for your loss. I am praying for all of you. God Bless!! Love Kelly Miller (Cencich)
Posted by: Kelly Miller (Cencich) on December 18th, 2007
would like to send my sincerest sympathy to the johnson family, especially travis. wow, what an awesome sister! may god bless you all. i know the holidays are rough, yet i am sure tif's strength will be with you.
Posted by: reno faust on December 18th, 2007
And let this feeble body fail,
And let it faint or die;
My soul shall quit this mournful vale,
And soar to worlds on high.
So when a great man dies,
For years beyond our ken,
The light he leaves behind him lies
Upon the paths of men.
~Henry W. Longfellow.
But he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life.
~Galatians 6. 8.
You her family and friends are in my thoughts constantly. God is the God of all comfort. May His arms wrap themselves about you and bring you real peace.
Posted by: Kristin on December 18th, 2007
Just last spring, a friend in my grad program who knew I'd graduated from Hibbing High School asked if I knew Tiff. He had become friends with her when she lived in the Twin Cities. It took me awhile to place her. But when our mutual friend saw Tiff and asked her if she knew me, she remembered me right away and said, "Tell her hi!" I thought it was really amazing that she had that kind of memory for people. I didn't know her well, but it seems that I missed out on knowing a really incredible, vibrant person. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
Posted by: Kristine Holleque on December 17th, 2007
Tiffany was a wonderful woman following God's calling on her life and sharing the hope we have in Christ to the nations. All my love & condolences to Dan & Tiffany's family. May God's abundant grace & comfort get you through this most challenging time.
Posted by: EG on December 17th, 2007
Our hearts are broken by the loss of our beloved Tiffy. She was our nanny for a year in 2005 and then like a member of our family. She loved and cared for our children, and they loved her. We missed her when she left Minnesota, but she kept in touch and always came back to see us. From teaching the kids the fine art of making her special pancakes to gathering the neighbor kids for lemonade stands and creating shows, it was always joyful and immeasurable fun when Tiffy was over. The only thing that makes the tremdendous pain of losing her worth it is the joy of knowing her and sharing some of her brief life on Earth with her. She was an angel to us when she was here, and she is our guardian angel now. We loved her, and we will miss her.
Posted by: Heather carson on December 17th, 2007
Tiffany was a ray of light to all. I was on staff at YWAM Denver while she was a student and recall her visiting my appartment on various occasions. She was so sensitive and loving, so caring, a relentless lover of everyone. And she was a prayer warrior too. I remember her telling me that she would be awakened in the middle of the night and feel like God was telling her to pray for someone. She was always thinking about others... what a beautiful girl! She will be missed for sure!
Posted by: jeIwels on December 17th, 2007
My heart goes out to Tiff's family & friends.
Love & condolences,
Posted by: Jennifer on December 17th, 2007
A friend of Tiffany's step-sister, I always picture smiles from that woman. When I would see her, she was always, always smiling. I never had the opportunity to get to know her better and spend time with her, but I am glad to have known who she was and know her family. She has changed us all- regardless of how well we knew her or not. Our thoughts are with all of the family- and will be always.
Posted by: Rachel B on December 17th, 2007
Tiffany was like a big sister to me too. Whenever I was going through something, or i was down, Tiffany was always there to talk to me and bring me back up. Even if she was just saying hey to me, that cheered me back up. I will never forget Tiff and Phil. Save me a seat guys =]
Posted by: Sam Gilmore on December 17th, 2007
Diane you raised a wonderful daughter with the same heart you carry yourself.I will always remember sniffer as the bright shining light she was.She could make anyday a brighter day with her heart warming smile and her wit and laugh that many will never get to see or share. She reached her goals and that was to serve god and make someones day alittle brighter.She isnt gone she will always be by your side and pushing you to make everyday a better day.My heart as well as my family's hearts go out to you and Tom and the kids.My prays are you and always will be take care stand tall you raised a wonderful and beautiful daughter. God Bless you in this tragic time...
Posted by: T on December 17th, 2007
I was just a mom visiting the base when my son, Danny Duhm, graduated from DTS. Tiffany went out of her way to be an incredible help to me by finding me a bed and making me feel welcome when I came. She was absolutely darling. I've been praying for you.
Posted by: Cindy Duhm on December 17th, 2007
Tiffy's Swedish pancake recipe will always be treasured by my family. So many good memories have been shared over a breakfast of them with lemon and powdered sugar, just like she made them the first time for me. I will miss the "Hey Lady" and the "ladyface" but most of all I will remember a beautiful woman who overcame her fears, doubts, and mistakes to love people - even when they hurt her. I feel so honored to have walked beside her for a time and that she shared so many of my happy memories, IHOP at 2 am, sneaking into the praise and worship service at North Central, and Breakfast at Tiffany's. I am so glad you made it home, sis!
Posted by: Becky Bjorum on December 17th, 2007
I really will miss Tiff. She was always a joy to be around and I am proud of all the things she has done throughout her life. I will really miss seeing her smile the most. It was one of a kind.
Posted by: Stacy on December 17th, 2007
the first time i met tiffany.
we spent $10 bucks in quarters riding this chincy carousel in baken park.
just laughing so hard.
she made life beautiful.
she is an ANGEL without wings.
miss you ladyface.
Posted by: Taryn on December 16th, 2007
Tiffany was my nanny. We did lots of fun things together like going to the beach, going to the zoo, playing breadmonster and having lots of lemonade stands. I am very sad by the tragic loss of Tiffany. I am hoping that some day I can only think about the good things. I hope some day people can think about her without thinking about her death but instead thinking about all the great things that she did. I am planning on having a lemonade stand, like we used to do with her, and giving all of the money that I make to the Tiffany Johnson Memorial Fund. One of my favorite things about her is that she gave us all great, big bear hugs when she left our house. I will miss her very much. Robby
Posted by: Robby Carson on December 16th, 2007
You are a beautiful family, just like your beauticul girl! Your love for your dear Tiff shines so evidently...rightfully so! You are forever engrained on my heart, as much as Tiff and Phil are! Love from Denver, Stacey Miller
Posted by: Stacey on December 16th, 2007
I have know Tif since she was just a tiny baby girl. I remember so fondly, at a saddle club Christmas party about 23 years ago. This beautiful baby girl, sitting on my knee, playing Hang-Man with me. Diane, if you remember, I was just so thrilled she not only knew her alphabet, but was able to play a very good game! We drew on the whole paper table covering that night.
As she became older, she gained her mother's love for horses, and came out to ride on our big black gelding, "Thunder". I have pictures of her, so small and fragile sitting proudly on a horse 100 times her size! She grew up to be quite the darling at horse shows, and then I lost track of her.
Reading everything about her, I realise what a beautiful soul she was.
I will always love you Diane, and my heart and prayers are with you now.
Posted by: Tina Nordlund (Erickson-Twa) on December 16th, 2007
Tiffy was my big sister. From day one of my DTS and her phase 2 she took me under her wing. We would go on weekly walks, this summer we learned to skate board together, every time I saw her we gave huge hugs, and she was always there for me. I also went with her this summer to get her "Remember" tatoo, so in honor of her I am getting one as well. I believe that God had given me Tiff as a big sister and best friend. She taught me to love every one I meet unhindered. I will always remember her and be grateful for the great friendship we had. She is such an inspiration to all of us. I am also going to "change the world by loving on people" Love you Tiffy.
Posted by: Nikki Moore on December 16th, 2007
She is with her Savior. She is in a beautiful world now. She lived a good life. She is in a wonderful place now. You are going to see her again. Don't be sad, Be happy for her.
Posted by: Mary on December 16th, 2007
We are so saddened by the loss of a very special person who has touched so many people. I had the opportunity to know Tif through a friend of mine whom she nannied for. She took such great care of the Carson children and also mine and we are very gratefully for that. We had a sence of comfort with her and I know she has a very special place in all of our hearts. I remeber sitting outside on a very beautful summer day talking to her about her future. I was concerned because I felt like she had so much potential to do something great. As I read all these words I now understand her path and I am sorrowed that she will not be able to follow it. We will miss your beaming smile and can only look to you as a roll model for our children as they grow in this world. Your family and friends are in our thoughts.
Lisa,Chris,Lauren,Katie and Jack Smith
Posted by: Lisa Smith on December 16th, 2007
I loved Tiffany as a baby sitter because she was fun and we did countless fun things with
her.Like watching the super bowl with her,
making cookies with her and having fun with
our friends,kiera,robby,and caroline.but now we can't do that any more.Tiffany was a great friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love lauren smith
Posted by: Lauren smith on December 16th, 2007
I grew up with Tiffany and the Johnson Family. I remember Tiff never being to sit still, she always had to be doing something. It didn't matter what it was, you knew you were in for a good time if Tiff was involved. She was also the type of person that when she asked how you were doing, she ment it, she really did want to know. As if your conversation was the most important thing she heard all day. I have cried many tears in the last week for the loss your family has endured. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I love you guys and thank you for the wonderful memories that I have made with all of you over the years, I will cherish them.
Posted by: Alicia Fredrickson (Menke) on December 16th, 2007
God bless you tiff
Posted by: tom on December 16th, 2007
Our hearts go out to Tiffany's family. She will be greatly missed. We went to high school with her and remember her smile the most. What she has accomplished in her short life is something to be very proud of. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by: Ashlee & Ian White on December 16th, 2007
A shame that Tiffany cannot touch more lives. We are mourning her loss. She is embracing her Jesus now. He is loving on her.
Posted by: Matthew on December 15th, 2007
I did not know Tiffany, but I have been so affected by this story and by her life. I can tell that she was simply amazing and she is a complete inspiration to me. I am a YWAMer and just finished my DTS earlier this year. I had been planning to go back with YWAM and live in SE Asia for a year. In the past couple weeks, I have been struggling with whether this is the right decision, and when I read what Tiffany said when she was conscious after being shot... it was as if God clearly spoke to me that I need to GO. "We do this for Jesus, right? We do this for Jesus." You did so much for Jesus, Tiffany! And it's still happening because of your life and example. I'm going to change the world by loving on people, too.
Posted by: Leah on December 15th, 2007
My husband and I are so saddened for you at the loss of your child. Our son was a student at YWAM and was downstairs in the men's dorm room. We believe that Tiffany and Phillip very possibly saved the lives of many including our son. We are so thankful for our boy's life and are just broken hearted that anyone is having to face saying good bye to their children. We are sorry for your loss and we thank you for sharing this wonderful child with the world. May the memory of Tiffany and her love of Jesus and His love for her continue to change the world. I am so thankful that Tiffany was your child. I am sorry that her life on earth has ended but I am so glad He sent her.
God calls Himself the God of all comfort and so I pray that He who knows what could be comforting to you will indeed provide the comfort you need as you cope with Tiffany's death.
May God richly bless you,
Posted by: Kristin on December 15th, 2007
I did not know Tiffany, but this has touched me in such a way I cannot explain. Peace be with every person who Tiffany has loved on.
Posted by: Lisa on December 15th, 2007
I have followed the story through the Denver Post and through our local newspaper. The following article sums up what YWAM is about. I did not know Tiffany personally, but I knew of the Arvada base. I am a former staff member of YWAM and Tiffany's last words have really touched my life. Tifaany siad it all when she said " we do it for Jesus". Christmas Blessing to you from myself and those with Chelonia Ministries.
Posted by: Robert on December 15th, 2007
I only met Tiffany briefly. I was formerly on staff with YWAM Denver and have had occasion to drop by. Two weeks before the shooting, I had dropped in, and met Tiffany when I went and got a cup of coffee.. not much was said, more then hello, who are you etc... but something about her made me remember her and the conversation.Something about her sweet spirit I thought was cool.
So a small conversation, nothing deep but memerable somehow.. thats the impact she had.
Posted by: Isaiah on December 15th, 2007
Last night I met your family at the church. My daughter said I needed to drop off the card she had done. So I stood in line and watched all the love in the church.Tiffany is still doing God's work and this will impact the life of so many for a very long time. My familys sympathy to your family and her boyfriend also.always remember she's still loving on people. Jean Pessenda and family.
Posted by: Jean Pessenda on December 15th, 2007
I just want to tell you that I only knew for a short time, and she had a way about her that made you want to be around her. What I remember most is her smile, her love of YWAM and snowboarding. She had many friends, and touch so many. She will be missed.
Posted by: Valerie Vo on December 14th, 2007
I was tiffany's lab partner in high School and i remember a girl who was so quick to laugh and so quick to have fun. I remember trying to deal with the assiments that our teacher gave us and i didn't know what i was doing. Tiffnany didn't always know what she was doing but she made the class a fun class to go to. I have often wondered what has become of Tiffany and what she has become. I have now realized that she became an upstanding citizan but more important a loving human being. the memories i have of Tiffany are short and few but are happy memories. Tom and Linda, you are about to embark on a long road of memories, both sad and happy. Remember Tiffany as a happy, go lucky person who people enjoyed being around. I wish you nothing but the best in the days to come and the years that follow. Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Nathan Rosenlund on December 14th, 2007
Tiff was such a great person she gave her heart to everyone i can't believe she is not with us anymore when I met her was a great time we know that she is with the Lord but still hurting as a ywam cancun I wanted to say I'm so sorry to the Johnson Family our heart hurt and cry for our lose cause Tiff was like a family for us for all the ywamers. My prayers and love are with you guys God bless I love you all.
Posted by: Jesse McDonald on December 14th, 2007
My heart goes out to the entire family. No parent should ever out live their child. Tiff was an amazing girl who did great things in her short time here. Diane, Tom & entire Ronchak/Johnson family, I am so sorry for your loss.
Elizabeth (carlson) Provinzino
Posted by: Provinzino Family on December 14th, 2007
Sorry to hear about your loss. I will be praying for you. My niece is also involved with wywam.
Posted by: J on December 14th, 2007
Tom and Linda,
I wanted to tell you what a loving daughter and friend you had the pleasure to know and love. I pray that some peace will fill your heart during this time and in the days, weeks, and years to come.
Posted by: Stephanie Britt on December 14th, 2007