This past Easter weekend was AMAZING!!!. Not only was it Easter, but it was also General Conference. This LDS event is something I have experienced before. But this General Conference was so spiritual, so full of love, so full of faith, and so full of Jesus Christ, that it was different. This is the first General Conference since my conversion that we set-apart a new Prophet. I watched President Nelson as our Church sustained this amazing man. To me, his face said it all. I felt my very soul sing. President Nelson’s eyes filled with tears and his face transformed before me. I knew this great man had been called from God to lead my church at this time. Words cannot express how my life is changed every day because of my faith in our beloved Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, The Holy Ghost, and the eternity of the Plan of Salvation. Believe in eternal families!!!! Your future is calling you.
Easter Week in History
This week of Easter brings a lot of emotions to me. I am sad and empty because this is the week in history when Jesus was betrayed and beaten. This is the week in history that Heavenly Father knew was coming. Jesus knew it too. The tragedy on Good Friday was pre-ordained and part of Our Father’s Plan of Salvation. My heart weeps for Jesus. My heart also weeps for our Heavenly Father. The Father of us all stood by and watched his first born, his only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, atone for the sins of all the world. Every ‘Good Friday,’ I stand all amazed at the love he has given me. I try to understand, and I cannot. I know that someday I will. But for now, I feel lost in grief.
I find joy, comfort, love, and faith in the day of Easter. I have a personal testimony that in Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us. Our beloved Lord knew that He would return to rescue us. 3 days after Jesus died, He triumphantly returned in body and soul to testify of His Glory. Jesus is a fully resurrected spirit, His Body and Soul rejoined as one. The Scriptures testify of this truth.
Please love your neighbors as you love yourself. This is the 2nd greatest commandment of all.
Do you ask yourself this question? I have. However I have found the answers within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I KNOW Heavenly Father loves me. I have read His Scriptures, and The Holy Ghost has confirmed His Gospel. What do I mean by Holy Ghost? Jesus has taught us that there is a third member to our beloved Godhead: Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost (also known as the Holy Spirit). Jesus promised that He would not leave us “comfortless.” And He has kept that promise. We have the ability to hear or feel a “small, still voice” that arises in our bodies when we are feeling the truthfulness of His Word. For example: when I first read The Book of Mormon and I pondered its truthfulness a feeling of peace, wonderment, goosebumps, and a warmth in my chest, came over me. At that time, I was not an LDS member. I had no idea what I was feeling. I asked the LDS missionaries that were giving lessons to me and my husband. They explained that this ‘feeling’ was Heavenly Father’s way of testifying that this is His Word. That I can trust and believe in what I was reading and feeling. Since then, I have also prayed to Heavenly Father asking Him questions. When I get this ‘spiritual’ feeling that makes me warm with goosebumps, this is His truthfulness. When I attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I feel His presence and warmth. I know that Heavenly Father is real, that He answers my prayers, and that He loves me.
My LDS faith and my near-death experience taught me that we will see our dearly departed again.
We all know we must die some day. When we die, the loved ones we leave behind are sad, full of pain, and miss the dearly departed. These poor relatives and friends feel lost and lonely with their loss. Often times I hear these mourners say, “If only I could speak or talk to that person just one more time.” You can, You loved ones are still nearby, they are living in a spirit world. They can hear you and see you, You just cannot see or hear them until YOU die.
Feel free to talk to those who have gone before you. Isn’t that exciting to know? Your loved ones are in a spirit world. They can see you and hear you. So please talk to your loved ones you have lost. There is only a thin veil you which Heavenly Father created for reasons we will learn some day. If you accept this truth, it will help you during your mourning. Learn to talk out loud when you are alone with your loved ones. Tell them what you wished you had told them before they died. Make it a habit every day to tell them you know they are there. Tell them about your day and share your feelings, fears, hopes, and anything else you normally would if they were alive. Now don’t you feel excited. Soon you will have a “feeling” that they heard you. They have. I know this, and I use it every day. Have you ever had “a feeling” you should or shouldn’t do something. The Holy Ghost can share these answers with you.
Your departed members are still concerned about you. In my new book, coming out in May, 1, 2018, “VISIONS OF HEAVEN, What My Near-Death Experience Taught Me About Eternity,” I share many examples of how our loved ones who have passed have helped myself and my husband and I know you will come to understand and accept what I know is true.