The first two installments in this series have discussed some fairly controversial subjects, and I have appreciated the calm manner in which comments have been given. Although I don't anticipate that everyone will hold my same beliefs on the topic at hand today, I think that the ideas presented might be comforting and hopeful. Today's topic: the eternal nature of families.
As I've mentioned before, I believe that each of us is literally a spirit child of heavenly parents. We lived with them before we were born on this earth. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states:
spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.At birth, a spirit gains a physical body; at death, it is separated from that body. Adam's fall introduced death to the world--both physical, and spiritual, as we were separated from the presence of God by sin and transgression. Jesus Christ came to earth to overcome both deaths, and provide the way for us to be reunited--to our physical bodies after death at the time of resurrection, and to our Heavenly Father as we accept through covenant the power of Christ's atonement in our lives.
There is life after death, and we can enjoy the same family relations that exist here on earth, through the blessings of temple ordinances. Of course, when a loved one dies, we feel profound sorrow, but we can also feel hopeful that we will be reunited again. Death becomes a temporary separation, not an end to a relationship.
Just as vicarious ordinances happened in the days of Christ (
Though I am in no hurry to leave this earth life, when I do depart, I will look forward to being reunited with loved ones who have gone before. Grandma will still be Grandma, my grandpas will still be my grandpas.
Knowing that families can be together forever brings me comfort, peace, and security.
Thanks for families.