By Alison Satterwhite
I was shocked and devastated to get word that an old friend had died tragically, and unexpectedly this week. It came as quite a surprise that someone so vibrant, young, and full of charisma could be gone in a split second. The words “how fragile we are” have echoed in my mind and I have had time to ponder on the fleeting and uncertain nature of life. Truly none of us know when the hour of death will come. I found myself worrying late into the night that my friend hadn’t accomplished all that he wanted to do, held his kids enough, or refined (to his liking) his spirit while he had a body. I wondered if he is filled with joy in returning Home, or regret for the people he is leaving behind. It has caused me to contemplate my own standing before God and man.
Fortunately, there is peace in the knowledge of the plan of salvation and the understanding that the “sting of death is swallowed up in Christ”. The plan of salvation teaches us that in the pre-mortal life, we agreed to come to this Earth to obtain our bodies, to be challenged and grow through our mortal experiences, and then die and return to live with our Heavenly Father. It teaches us that through the atonement, we will live again and our families will be united eternally. Ultimately, each of us will be resurrected, as was Christ, for “he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory”. Through modern day revelation, we also know that all mankind will be resurrected and have access to the full blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ if they desire and diligently seek after it.
I’m grateful for the comfort of this wisdom and the peace of the Holy Ghost and pray that this family will find the same. If you would like to learn more about the plan, log on here.