Terry and Janet

Terry and Janet

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mourn with those that Mourn

It's April 6th

A very important date to Latter-day saints.

April 6, 1830 the Church was organized.
The Salt Lake Temple was dedicated on April 6th,
and Ten years ago on this date the Palmyra Temple was dedicated...

It was a day we will never forget.

You see, Terry was a Stake President at that time
and he received one of those very sad phone calls saying that one
of the missionaries from our stake had been in an accident in Argentina.
He lived for a few days and then passed away on 
April 6th, 2001.

Really one of the hardest things President has ever had to do
was to go and tell this dear family
that their son was gone.

And today on April 6th we started off with an email telling us that a 
grandparent of one of our Hermanas had passed away.

President Turk went to this sweet sister and told her about her 
Grandpa, and she was able to call home and talk to her parents.
He made sure that she was fine before he left.

As he was heading back to the office,
  he received a phone call telling him that one of our Elders
Mother had passed away in her sleep.
This was totally unexpected.
There was no terminal illness or sign of this coming.
She was exactly my age.

When President Turk had this Elder in his office with him,
I was in the waiting area telling his companion
what was going on.

These companionships are like close brothers.
He was heartbroken.
And as we talked about it for a while
and shed some tears for his companion,
I excused myself to answer the phone
and when I came back,
this Elder was on his knees 
praying to our Heavenly Father 
for his companion and brother.

So sweet...

  At baptism we promise to be "willing to bear one another's burdens"
I wish that I could take this pain away.
But I will be there for him always.

I know ultimately that only the blessing of the comforter and lots of time
are going to ease the hurt.

President Kimball said,  "When we see back from the vantage point of the future,
we shall be satisfied with many of the happenings of this life
which seemed so difficult for us to comprehend."

 We know and understand the beautiful plan of Salvation.
And we know that God loves each one of us and 
knows our needs and sorrows.

If a child asks his father for some bread, will he give him a stone?  NO
and neither will our Father which is in Heaven.

He will not leave us alone.