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What Is This Thing Called Death?

A good friend passed away this week, and got me to thinking.  What is this thing we call “death”?

Some would say that death is the end, a nothingness, ceasing to exist.

If that were so, where is the meaning of life?  And how could the injustices, the lives of those who seem to suffer so much, or those who live without hope make any sense?

Did we really just “pop” into existence only to be “snuffed” back out?

That just doesn’t sound or feel right!

Others say that death is the most horrific thing that can happen, leaving us hanging in a limbo for all eternity, or consigned to repeat life over and over, ever trying to improve minisculy.

If that were so, would life be lived in constant fear of not making the grade, not learning enough, or of being over before we have the opportunity to show what we can do?

Is that really why we are here, to blow it royally or to have to keep trying forever and ever?

That doesn’t sound or feel right!

Our loving Father in Heaven created the earth as a place for learning and growth for His beloved children.  He sends us, His spirit children, here to get a physical, mortal body.  Death is the separation of our spirit from our physical body (like when you take off a glove).

Our body is left behind, while our spirit continues to live and moves on to the next phase of our learning and growth.

If this is so, where is the meaning of life?  Are we really here to see if we blow it royally or have to keep trying to make it forever and ever?  Life means being able to do more than we could as just living spirits, having additional senses, abilities, and blessings!  Injustices or problems we have no control over that are not corrected here in our physical life will be taken care of after this life.

Father in Heaven’s plan included giving every one of His children the opportunity to learn of Him and to choose to follow His son, Jesus Christ.  If they do not have that opportunity in this life (which a great many of His children do not have), His perfect plan includes the contingency for them to learn after this life.  All will be taught and allowed to choose for themselves whether to accept and follow His great Plan of Happiness!

So, does it matter what we do while here in this life?

Good question!  Yes, the more we learn and grow in this life the better off we will be in the eternities.  All of us have things we struggle with, that is part of mortality, and part of increasing in abilities physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.  All that we learn here stays with us forever!

We are also here to have joy and rejoicing in the goodness of God, in sharing what we do have with others, and to make a positive difference.  There is purpose to our lives, and the choices we make will impact our eternities.

This thing that we call death is a step along the path of Heavenly Father’s plan.  It is passing through a door, leaving our body behind, meeting with our friends and loved ones who have already passed on, and one day – because of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection – having our spirit and body reunited in a glorified and perfected form never to be separated again, and finally receiving all that we have earned through our many choices throughout our lives.

Now that makes sense!  🙂

Finding The Good Things In Life

Yesterday we watched the last episode of Touched By An Angel on HULU (and YouTube, because HULU actually leaves you hanging with only Part 1).  This powerfully moving finale to a wonderful TV series is my favorite episode!

I love it because it shows how God is interested in His children and loves us.  He is always there for us and invites us to turn to Him and stay close to Him, even in times of great trial.  Our Father in Heaven is the Great Orchestrator and guides us through life, helping us past the bumps in the road and enables us to overcome our sins and weaknesses.

I do believe that He can change us and make bad situations work for our good.  I know that as we pray to Him and try to do what is good and right, He blesses us and helps us to bless and serve others to strengthen them and help them through the trials in life.

I also believe there is much good in life.  It is so easy to get caught up in the negative, bad things, either by being bombarded by it simply because it is a part of this existence, or by actually going to the wrong places and finding, or perhaps even seeking, it.  We run across so much garbage and trouble that it can seem that that is all there is to life.

But that is absolutely not true!  When we stop running after the bad, the negative, the destructive things in life (those things that we feel that moment of discomfort with, knowing that we really shouldn’t be going that way), we have the opportunity to notice that there are good and wonderful things that we can find and participate in.

So this is the first post about seeking for and finding the good things in life.  These are the things that will help us believe in God, our Father in Heaven, and in His Son, Jesus Christ.  They will help us to see life for what it truly is – a time of learning to make good choices and to follow Christ so that we can return with our loved ones to live with Father in Heaven in peace and happiness for all Eternity.

What greater blessing can there be?  Stop groveling in the gutter, raise your hopes and your sights, and become what you are meant to become!  🙂

25 Days of Christ – Day 17

What do you do when all seems lost?  When it just seems that you cannot go on one more step?  When your burdens seem too heavy to bear, and one more tiny thing will be “the straw that breaks the camel’s back”?

Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30.

Father in Heaven did not send us to earth so we would know only pain and sorrow.  In fact, just the opposite.  He knew we would experience pain and sorrow here, so He planned the way for our “escape”.

Instead of turning away from God and Christ, instead of hunkering down to bear it, Christ invites us to look up to Him.  How often He has invited us, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  Luke 11:9.

We are invited to lay our burden at Christ’s feet and bear a song away.

Sound impossible?  It isn’t.  I have done it myself on more than one occasion.  Talk to your Father in Heaven and explain how you feel and what is going on.  Perhaps you’re not sure you really believe in Him.  Go ahead and explain that too.  Tell Him all that is in your mind and in your heart.  Then ask Him to help you, to work with the tiny desire you have to believe.

And put your trust in Christ, closing your prayer in His name.  Then, take a moment to see how you feel inside.  Your head may still be swarming with the many things that trouble you, but your heart will feel a bit lighter.  Hang on to that feeling.

Turn your troubles over to the Lord.  He can handle them much better than you can anyway.  Let Him know that you will try to do whatever He asks you to do.

Then let go.

Leave that burden there at His feet, trusting that He will take care of it, and walk away singing praises to Him.  You will be amazed how much better you feel.  And as you strive to hang on to that trust, instead of to those problems, you will see God’s mighty power take over and your problems start becoming resolved or not as worrisome.

And soon you will see that things are working out.  In fact, better than you dreamed they ever could!  More than likely, better than you ever would have thought of!

I testify this is true as it has happened to me.

25 Days of Christ – Day 12

Christ came to live on the earth to show us how to live.  His life and teachings are recorded in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.  The Old Testament records God’s dealings with the people long ago.  Have you ever wondered if He didn’t teach others also?  Could He be God and have only given us that much information to go on?

These are great questions!  And, as you may now realize, God is our loving Father in Heaven.  In fact, that is the name He asks us to call Him by – Father.

Imagine for a moment that a family is getting ready to send their child off to college.  What happens?  They prepare their child for the journey, ensuring accommodations are acquired, necessities packed, directions given, and big hugs exchanged before he leaves.  Is that all?

Would the family simply wait for their child to return, feeling they had done everything necessary to assure his success?  Would they simply “hope for the best” for him, never reaching out to him to see how he is doing?

Not likely!  And, as Christ says in Matthew 7:9-11: “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

What does this tell you about your Father in Heaven?  Obviously He carefully prepared us, His children, for our journey into mortality.  He planned it so that every child is given a father and a mother, a family.  He sent us with His Godly characteristics and attributes.  He provided scriptures to give us rules and direction in our lives.  Is that all He did?  Did He then sit back and “hope for the best”?

No.  From the beginning Father in Heaven set up a plan to bless every one of His children.  He taught the gospel, including His Plan of Happiness, to them from the beginning.  “And Adam and Eve, his wife, called upon the name of the Lord, and they heard the voice of the Lord from the way toward the Garden of Eden, speaking unto them, and they saw him not; for they were shut out from his presence.  And he gave unto them commandments, that they should worship the Lord their God, and should offer the firstlings of their flocks, for an offering unto the Lord. And Adam was obedient unto the commandments of the Lord.”  Moses 5:4-5.

Heavenly Father knew that we would not always obey the rules, that we would be selfish, make poor choices and suffer the consequences, that we would even stop believing in Him.  So His plan included sending prophets to His children, prophets who would follow Christ, receive His teachings, and share them with the people.  The prophets wrote the words they received, such as what is in the Bible.

Heavenly Father also sent His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to live on the earth and give His children the perfect example of how to live.  But Christ was not just sent to the Jews.  “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”  John 10:16.  Who were these other sheep?

In the Book of Mormon we read the beautiful story of Christ visiting the people on the American Continent after His resurrection.  3 Nephi 15:21 records His words to them, “And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”

And in 3 Nephi 16:1 He further explains, “And verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister.”  Heavenly Father does not forget about His children!  He seeks to bless every one of them.  He sent His Son to visit many of them.  And He does not stop speaking to man.

Today He continues to guide His children through a prophet.  We also have Christ’s teachings in modern-day in the Doctrine and Covenants.  And we hear from the prophet and the 12 apostles regularly as they lead and guide Christ’s church on the earth today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Our loving Father continues to care about and bless His children, seeking to help us as we journey through life and work our way back home to Him.  🙂