Church Provides me Knowledge – It Provides Me Comfort

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“Each holy temple stands as a symbol of our membership in the Church, as a sign of our faith in life after death, and as a sacred step toward eternal glory for us and our families.”

~Russell M. Nelson

The title of this post isn’t surprising.  I think Church is supposed to provide you with knowledge, revelation, vision and comfort – no?  Isn’t that what church is for?

Each church is a bit different.  I see the two major differences of the LDS church to be…

  1. The Fall of Adam – Latter Day Saints believe that the fall of Adam was not an accident – but rather, one of God’s plan.  Eve was actually ingenious for partaking in the forbidden fruit.  Had she not, they would have remained in a state of innocence forever.  They never would have left the garden, they would never have had children.  It was Adam and Eve’s job to “wax fruit and multiply”.  We are all descendants of them.  If they hadn’t fallen, we wouldn’t be here today.  Heavenly Father gave us all agency – and she used hers.
  2. The view of life after death – Life continues after death for everyone – whether they be Baptized or not – whether they believed or not – whether they have lived righteously or not – whether they were exposed to the Gospel or not.  It’s part of having a loving and forgiving Heavenly Father.  He gives us all the same chance to believe in him and his only begotten son – and to repent of our sins.  At death, the spirit and body separate, the body interred to the ground and the spirit to the spirit world.  There is no black or white – no heaven or hell.  He gives us lots of chances – there are many small judgements before the final judgement.

The reason I say this, is that this knowledge – about death – comforts me when I think of my Mother.  It helped me tremendously as I go through the grieving process.  It gives me comfort when I am angry, think about the “what ifs”, or think about the circumstances surrounding her death.

This weekend, the wife of a senior member of the church passed.  I told Hadyn – Sister Monson passed – in a matter-of-fact way.

He had a very concerned look on his face, and said – well, what happened.

I said….she was old.  That’s what happens when you’re old…you die.

He looked at me.

I looked at him- and knew I should not have said that the way I did.  I could tell – by the way he looked at me – he needed some sort of reassurance that she was okay – even in death.

So, I apologized, as that wasn’t the right thing to say.  Then I proceeded to say…

Well, you know Hadyn, death is a natural part of life.  Thank goodness that we know Sister Monson is in a much better place.  She continues the work she started here on earth.  She is well, she is without pain, she is happy, and she is safe.

It was then I realized, that my own faith and my own testimony provides my children with comfort – and in turn increases their faith  and testimony.

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This post is part of the NaBloPoMo Challenge.  The Theme this month is Comfort.

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  1. My son really struggles with death – but he’s good at asking questions, and that’s where (hopefully) he can find some peace with it, eventually.
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    • Yeah Mama,

      Death is one of those things – that scares a lot of people. A lot of it is the unknown.

      I also used to be very scared about it. Like, it would keep me up at night thinking about. Plus, it really didn’t help that in 3rd grade they brought us to a grave yard. We rubbed stones. They brought us into a crematorium and lit the fire. All I could do was jump back. I was completely and utterly traumatized. Just thinking about it makes me shutter. I will never ever forget it.

      What a dumb idea for a field trip.

      Anyway, the church has really brought me a lot of peace.
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