Monday, January 16, 2012

Families are Forever

 This past weekend has been pretty hard.  On Friday my Mom ended up in the Hospital with a blockage in her small intestine.  She wasn't able to keep anything down, and was in excruciating pain.  It broke my heart to see her like this.  Every time I looked at her I was wishing that I could take away her pain.  The day after she arrived at the Hospital, she was given some medication and she stopped breathing.  After about 7-10 minutes they were able to get her to respond a little bit.  I was so scared I was going to lose my Mom.  

On Sunday my mom went in for surgery.  I wanted to be there so bad, but I now have a calling in my church to teach the 3 year old children.  I was going to ask someone else to teach my lesson so that I could be with my mom, but decided against it.  I prayed to my Father in Heaven and asked him what I should do.  I wasn't sure if I should leave my class to be with my mom or not.  I got a very calm feeling when I thought about teaching my lesson.  I knew my Heavenly Father was letting me know that if I would be where I was supposed to be, and be doing what I was called to do, that he would take care of my Mom until I was done and could get down to the hospital.  

After church got over, my husband and I rushed home, changed our clothes, and headed to the hospital.  I had just talked to my dad and he let me know that she was still in surgery after 4 hours, and he hadn't heard anything.  I was so nervous.  I have had the same surgery she was having done, and my husband had to remind me that when I had it done it took about 5 hours.  He assured me that she was going to be okay.  When he told me that I was at peace, and knew it was true.  

We arrived at the Hospital to see my dad just beside himself.  He was teary eyed, and so worried about my mom.  It was then that I gained a true testimony of the fact that because my parents were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the temple that even if my mom did pass on we would be together again.  An hour later she was brought into the recovery room, and 2 hours later she was awake and talking to us.  It was so good to see her alive.

We are taught through the Book of Mormon, and by our prophets that if we will choose the right, and follow Gods commandments, and do all we must do to be sealed with our spouse in the temple one day that we will have eternal families.  My marriage doesn't stop if I die.  Dave is sealed to me for time and all eternity, and no matter what happens in this life he will always be mine.  If I was to pass away tonight, Dave would be sad, but he would find so much comfort and joy knowing that I am on the other side waiting for him.  I will be his wife, best friend, and companion, long after our physical bodies have died.  The same thing goes for my parents.  Because they chose to marry in the temple, and continue to be worthy of their temple blessings, I know that even when they die they will always be my parents.  More importantly I know that I will see them again when this life is over.
Families are eternal if you will keep the commandments of God, and choose to be sealed in the temple.  That is what is such an amazing blessing that is taught to us by our true prophets of God.  If we will continually follow our Savior and Father in Heaven we will live with our families once this life is done.  

I am so grateful to have an eternal family.  I'm so grateful that my husband is mine for the rest of eternity and not just until "death do us part".  I know that once this life is over I will live with my Father in Heaven, Savior, and all of my family again.  It really is true; Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan.

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