Though this week was filled with baptisms and other miracles it was still a bit of a tough one for me. With Matt’s birthday coming up, that seems to be something always in the back of my mind. It is not easy being away at this time. It wasn’t easy last year either. But
Heavenly Father always knows just what I need. Yesterday was particularly hard but we got the chance to take a few different investigators to the visitors center. In the VC they have a little exhibit called “God’s Plan for His Family” and it just explains why the family is so important and how we can live together forever. We showed this twice to two different groups of investigators and it was amazing because at the end I got to bear my testimony of eternal families. I felt the spirit so strong in both of those moments.
I know that the ordinances we do in the temple are so important and some of the greatest blessings we have. One of these ordinances is the sealing of a family. I had the opportunity to be sealed to my family back in 2001 in the San Diego Temple. Because of this, I know that I can live with my family again after this life. I know I will see my brother again. I know where he is and I know that he is happy.
11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection–Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
I am blessed to have the knowledge that I have. I am blessed to have the family that I have. Part of why I came on a mission was to give back to God for all that He has given me, for He has given me a lot. I am forever grateful for forever families.