Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Beginning and The End...

I've had an interesting week pondering the beginning and the end of life.

Monday morning, I held a beautiful newborn baby. I was privileged to hold that sweet, little infant who only recently left his Heavenly Father's presence. When I held him, I could feel deep in my heart and soul how precious he is, and how precious we all are as spirit children of God.




Today, a member of my congregation died. There's nothing like the beginning and the end of life to remind one that God is in charge of all the things that matter.


As I think of this good man who has returned to his heavenly home, I picture a loving reunion taking place.




God intended for families to be eternal units. Father, Mother, children, grandparents, etc. Families are made up of not people we associate with only in this life with whom all bonds are severed at death. Family relationships are eternal relationships which can be continued beyond the grave.



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In 'The Family: A Proclamation to the World,' the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles proclaim that 'marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children.' God's plan enables families who live the gospel and receive the necessary ordinances to be together forever with Him... When a man and woman are married in the temple, their family can be together forever. This is a common goal of Latter-day Saints." (lds.org)



I look forward to the day when we all will be reunited with our loved ones beyond the grave in complete families with "no empty chairs."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Scriptures

I love the scriptures. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for preserving the words of His prophets, so I can read them, and learn about what He wants me to do. I was reading some of the scriptures listed under the topic "the value of scriptures" in the Bible's topical guide. The first one was quite profound.

Psalm 19:7 - “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”


I also love this quote from David M. McConkie. It lists a couple of reasons why everyone should read the scriptures:

[I]t is contrary to the economy of heaven for the Lord to repeat to each of us individually what He has already revealed to us collectively. The scriptures contain the words of Christ. They are the voice of the Lord. Studying the scriptures trains us to hear the Lord’s voice.”


When I read the scriptures, it strengthens my testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormon church) contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. All the components of Christ's church as listed in the Bible are part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I am grateful that Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers, so that I can pray about what I read and receive personal answers, and know of God's will for me and my family.