Day 5 of the 12 Days of CHRISTmas
That night is such a vivid memory while at the same time being a complete blur. I sat there listening to Wicked while hugging my teddy bear close. Crying until my eyes ran out of tears while the sun rose in the distance.
I had never lost someone to death and was completely overtaken by the pain of it.
Death is inescapable. It is one of the few trials that is universally experienced. But that doesn’t take away the agony of losing a loved one.
“The Living Christ” section five says:
He rose from the grave to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20). As Risen Lord, He visited among those He had loved in life. He also ministered among His “other sheep” (John 10:16) in ancient America. In the modern world, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, ushering in the long-promised “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Ephesians 1:10).
I lost my best friend at age fifteen. We had grown up together and it seemed impossible that someone who was always there, was suddenly gone.
Those around me seemed to go about their day, unaffected by this tragedy. It was as if the world around me kept moving while I was stuck in time, reliving every moment with her.
Family and friend tried to comfort me by saying that I would see her again. That death wasn’t the end. I wanted to believe that… but in the reality of death, I didn’t know how.
Days after her passing, I was alone in my room and completely overwhelmed with sadness. I felt as though my heart was going to burst out of my chest. I couldn’t handle her loss for another second!
I then found myself on my knees and in pure desperation pleaded to know if her spirit still existed. If she was in a better place and if I would get to see her again.
It was at that point that I became encircled about with warmth. True and lasting happiness filled every part of my body. I knew without any doubt that I felt her current joy of being in a wonderful place completely free. I felt the warm truth that Christ was resurrected, and I understood that because of him I would see her again.
To this day my heart still aches when I think about her. And I also feel the same deep pain when I lose someone else to death. But, having gained a testimony of Christ’s resurrection I now have that comfort death is not the end of the story.
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