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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Eternal Families

One of the greatest joys man can experience here on this earth is family. We are all born into different circumstances, cultures, traditions, financial situations, and each have our strengths and weaknesses. However, I believe, that no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in there can be nothing more dear to each of our hearts, save our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, than our families. We know them better than most people. We have seen them at their weakest and at their strongest and through it all love them. We learn from them and whether we learn good habits and see good examples or see what we want to do differently when we "grow up," they are the people who influence our lives the most.

My life has been full of life changing experiences and my family has been their supporting me and loving me through them all. I have built bonds with my siblings that will never break and only get stronger with time. Today I have a family of my own; a wonderful loving husband who I couldn't live without, who makes me laugh when times are tough and makes me happier than I could ever imagine, and a beautiful little girl that brings joy to each of my days. Her smiles melt my heart.

I also know of my Father in Heaven and the great eternal heritage I have come from. What a blessing to know of His love and support. He knows me personally and will always be there to show me the way. He loves his job as Father of us all and proves it as we walk along side Him.

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we believe in eternal families. This means that we can be sealed to our earthly families for time and all eternity. What a beautiful blessing from a loving Heavenly Father. Because of this we can have that bond forever. We can be with our spouses, children, mothers, father, sisters, brother, etc forever. There have been times in my life when a member of my family has passed away. The funerals are sad and tears are shed for our loss and yet we have a spirit of knowing and hope; knowledge that we will one day see them again. This life is not the end for families and it is not the beginning. It is time of learning together, growing closer and loving.


simplify heart and home said...

Thank you so much for your reminders and words of strength. We're blessed to know what is possible in the Lord's Kingdom. Sadly some of us find ourselves in less-than-ideal circumstances at present. And, we know of many who have suffered much in their early childhood years when they didn't have stable family situations. I am so grateful to know that better things are possible if we continue to strive to do what is right -- even when it's difficult. One of the greatest promises we have is the knowledge that No blessing will be withheld us if we do the best that we can --- and strive to do what the Lord would have us do. Someday, eternal families are possible for all of us. And, perhaps, after the trials, we'll appreciate the future blessings even more deeply.

Higgins said...

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ this is one of the beliefs that I cherish most. Funerals are always sad time when love ones pass away. However, for me they are often sweet as well. Having a knowledge that we will be with our family in the next life if we follow God's plan is very comforting to me. This doctrine is also why LDS members place so much emphasis on marriage. Our spouse can be someone that we can spend eternity with. Therefore we must treat her/him with the utmost respect and love.