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It was a long, fun weekend in the country as it was Halloween weekend and traditionally, it was also the time of the year when people get together in cemeteries to visit their departed loved ones and friends. It was interesting to see all the people who went to pay tribute and respect to their deceased relatives. Most came with flowers and took time off from their busy schedules to spend some time remembering their dead.

Although we miss some of our late relatives very badly in this life, it is comforting to know that we have the opportunity to be with them again forever. I find solace in the knowledge that death is a temporary separation and is a natural stage that everybody has to go through in order for us to progress towards eternal life.


As we entered the gates of our residence from all the activities that weekend, I felt gratitude for being able to come and feel the comforts of our home again. It made me think about the similar feeling we would probably have after our probationary state is over—when we finally have to come back home to Him who gave us life. I imagine it would probably be a grand and joyous occasion being reunited with our loved ones and friends; and most definitely a whole new and interesting experience. 


I pray that as we enjoy this earthly existence, may we also live a life preparing for and looking forward to that day when we will be sent home again to reunite with our departed loved ones and Him who gave us all that we have, even our very lives here on earth.


Enjoy the rest of the week everybody!!! 🙂
 

 

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(Photograph by Edwin Redrino)

During our weekly get-together at our dad’s place yesterday, my sister and I found each other reminiscing many things that happened to us while we were younger. Some were so silly and ridiculous that it made our jaws hurt from laughing incessantly; while some were poignant, such as when we discussed about our beloved late grandmother.

 

My sister expressed how amazed she was that even after 14 years have already gone by since our grandma passed away, we still talk about her like she’s still around. We remember her as if the last time we saw her was just yesterday. We still feel of her love, guidance, and remarkable influence in our lives. We still carry a deep love for her in our hearts and are looking forward to seeing her again someday.        

 

All of us have, at one point, lost someone we loved and cherished. Because of this, it is comforting to know and contemplate the doctrines of eternal life. That Resurrection is available to each of us through the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. That this mortal body will be raised to an immortal body someday.  That life is eternal and that what we do here on earth will matter in the next life. We must cling to that hope and not let our world get shattered by the temporary separation we experience from those we love.   

 

How grateful I am for this simple truth. And I look forward to that day when all will rise up triumphantly from the grave as spoken of by the prophets. Wouldn’t that be such a wonderful and exciting reunion? J

 

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When I was a kid, I often wondered what would happen to me after this life was over. Would my body be lying down in a dark and cold casket while my mind was wide awake trying to get my body move?
          
Being the active child that I was, I thought death was probably the most boring thing that could ever happen to anybody. I couldn’t imagine myself being still and restricted for even a short period of time, let alone forever!! 
               
Then as a wild and confused teenager, I met people who knew the answers to my questions. I thought I was an intelligent person, so I laughed and was cynical at the things they were saying. I tried to prove they were wrong—or at least did not really know what they were talking about—but every single time I asked what I thought was a silly question, they always had an answer. Answers that made sense and sounded very familiar. Truths and teachings that I seemed to have heard from a distant past. 

My spirit was touched at the things I had learned and for the first time in many years, I had answers to my questions. I finally knew that my spirit lived with my Father in Heaven before I was born; that I am here on this earthly existence to try to reach my divine potential; and that someday when my time is up, my spirit will leave my body and will one day be resurrected to become an eternal, immortal being.  

Such plain, simple, and yet liberating knowledge!!
                         
Now, a little over 23 years later, I am still amazed and grateful for how these simple truths have affected my perspective of life in general. Indeed, a pearl of great price that I will treasure forever. 

 

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