Vanzant says she’s taught her daughter how to keep a journal and record all that’s going on in her life. While she began to be young, Gemmia only got into it after she fell ill, she says.
Gemmia was 18 years old when she joined the priesthood and was ordained.
Her writings were of a spiritual sort, that her mother said she had put her life into perspective despite the pain and tragedy she had endured. “I wanted to realize that she was my greatest teacher,” Vanzant said.
“I couldn’t believe I should have had another hour,” she said.
She shared a section of the newspaper that she said opened her eyes and made her understand that everyone and everything had a purpose:
“Dad, I know that you’ve got great things for me. I know you’ve asked me to do some wonderful stuff. I also know that I won’t be able to do some of the stuff you’ve planned for me in this life.
On Christmas Day 2003, Vanzant’s 30-year-old daughter, Gemmia, died of rare colon cancer. Vanzant and her ex, Yemi, were divorced in 2007.