With Love And Admiration- Dad

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TheDiscipleMD

Dear Son,

The tumult and the shouting dies-
The Captains and the Kings depart-
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
(“Recessional” by Rudyard Kipling)

Job’s ancient question “If a man die, shall he live again? should actually read “When” a man dies, shall he live again?” because death is inevitable and universal.

Amulek spoke to the Zoramites and told them that the ‘great question which is in your minds is whether the word be in the Son of God, or whether there shall be no Christ.” (Alma 34:5) In other words, is there life after mortal death? Particularly, as we visit gravesites and ponder the lives of our deceased loved ones as well as our own, the ‘great question’ always comes to our minds, as well as to the minds of all those to whom life and continued existence are precious and who desire to know the answer to the great question. The answer comes quickly to those of faith ‘that all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made’ in accordance with ‘the great plan of the eternal God.”

As my time of probation approaches its end, I have a perfect faith in the promises the Eternal God has given of resurrection and eternal life to all those who love Him and keep his commandments; to those who covenant with Him and keep those covenants; to those whom death does not overtake before the summer is past, the harvest is ended, with their souls not saved. (D&C 45) In my minds eye, I see loved ones coming forth from the tomb with youthful bodies cleansed and glorified through the power of the resurrection and the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ (2 Nephi 10:25)

These are somber thoughts, but as the years pass, the day of probation is shortened and may end at any moment. I have no doubt that you will be ready and hope we will all be prepared for that great day.

With Love and great admiration- Dad

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