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Struggling to overcome 
She slipped beyond the veil
Her loss has been profound
But her smile lives on still

Brothers and sisters, six months ago as we met together in our general conference, my sweet wife, Frances, lay in the hospital, having suffered a devastating fall just a few days earlier. In May, after weeks of valiantly struggling to overcome her injuries, she slipped into eternity. Her loss has been profound. She and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple on October 7, 1948. Tomorrow would have been our 65th wedding anniversary. She was the love of my life, my trusted confidant, and my closest friend. To say that I miss her does not begin to convey the depth of my feelings.

“I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee”

  October 2013 

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Because of Jesus Christ
The atonement has been made.
The world has been made right
With the price of man’s sins paid!
The fearful spectacle of death
Yields all the dead unto paradise.
Assuring, we will resurrect!
The body and spirit both will rise!
He, who has marked the narrow way,
Invites us to come follow Him.
He promises His spirit always
As we keep all God’s laws for man.
Teaching Our Children

“Because of Jesus Christ the world has changed, the divine Atonement has been made, the price of sin has been paid, and the fearful spectacle of death yields to the light of truth and the assurance of resurrection. Though the years roll by, His birth, His ministry, His legacy continue to guide the destiny of all who follow Him as He so invitingly urged.”

—Thomas S. Monson, “Teaching Our Children
Topics: AtonementProphetic Messages
We talked about Paradise in Family Home Evening.  When Jesus was on the cross, He said,”Tomorrow you will be with me in Paradise. But, He also said to Mary, “Touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” These are two different places! Paradise (Spirit World) being a place of learning. We will need to reunite with our bodies at some point and be judged at some point. Here is a great explanation: 

http://www.lds.org/manual/preach-my-gospel-a-guide-to-missionary-service/what-do-i-study-and-teach/lesson-2-the-plan-of-salvation?lang=eng

The Atonement

Before the world was organized, our Heavenly Father chose Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Redeemer….
Christ in Gethsemane

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At the appointed time
We are each called home
To a state of peace to find
Through Jesus, our hope

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A man walks a timeline
With markers along the way
And from the things he finds
He marvels in thanks and prays

Wanting to make history
Many things he said and did
But, not for his own glory
As from attention, he hid

Then, passing a strange marker
He felt sad and alone
Around him it grew darker
And he began to moan

His prayer was a petition
A plea as to a friend
Seeking for protection
He was called home in the end

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Amidst tears fought
We sang a song
We lost him not
But sent him on

On to that place
Where there is rest
Love to embrace
That fills the breast

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The diagnosis was cancer
Severe in its nature
Why me?  I sought an answer
My turmoil hard to measure

Sorrow and pain overwhelmed me
I felt as though I was being pulled apart
Then, thoughts of the Lord’s own suffering
Brought His comfort as peace filled my heart

Bruised, beaten, torn, and bloody
He had suffered beneath all things
Both in the spirit and the body
I felt the compassion that only the Lord brings

Uncertainty left, I felt His love and light
I felt His assurance that all would be alright
In the depth of sorrow and pain I learned
That the Lord knew me and all for which I yearned

This my testimony, of which I leave
As, to Heaven, I have been called home
The Atonement is real.  Believe!
And by the Savior you are known!

Thy Will Be Done
Kevin Jeffs was diagnosed in 2002 and died 6 years later at the age of 29.
Ensign
In the depths of pain, I learned the reality of the Atonement and the Savior’s power to bring peace and comfort

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There is a plan in place
For when a loved one dies
The Savior to embrace
Beyond these mortal skies

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