Thursday, October 23, 2008

To Mourn with Those that Mourn. and Comfort Those that Stand in Need of Comfort

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at baptism we covenant, among other things, to "mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort." We pray these times are few and far between, and yet, this is mortality, and so come they do. We believe that before each of us was born on the earth, we lived in Heaven with our Heavenly Father where we learned and accepted the plan He had for His children. That plan being we come to earth to obtain a physical body, learn and progress, and eventually, because of the gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ, return to the presence of the Father, along with our families - never again to be separated, but united for eternity. One of the Church's governing bodies is known as the "Quorum of the 12 Apostles." Its members are regarded as special witnesses of Jesus Christ. One these men, Russell M. Nelson, gave a talk dealing with this subject. In this quote he cites a scripture in our canon known as the "Doctrine & Covenants" which we consider to be commandments given to the Church, through the prophets, principally Joseph Smith, from the Savior.

Irrespective of age, we mourn for those loved and lost. Mourning is one of the deepest expressions of pure love. It is a natural response in complete accord with divine commandment: “Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die.” (
D&C 42:45.)
Moreover, we can’t fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.

This family lives in Lubbock, our last town, and though we did not know them well as we were in different wards (congregations) in our stake (comparable to a diocese), we would like to say from many miles away:

We think of you
We love you
We mourn with you
And we pray our prayers
to the Father that we share
Will comfort you

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