Thursday, June 13, 2013

God Be With You Till We Meet Again

It's hard to believe that it has already been one year since my childhood friend, Ammon, passed away. Last year I wrote my thoughts about it--and that has been the most-read of all my posts since I started this blog.
Read it here:

Losing a Friend, Gaining an Angel

In the post, I reflected on my thoughts of God's plan of salvation. I shared my knowledge of the Spirit world, how after we die, before we return to God's presence, we are in an in-between state where we continue to teach and learn the Gospel. The New Testament teaches this clearly:

  1. When Christ was on the cross, He told the man next to him, "Today thou shalt be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43). 
  2. Later, when Christ appeared to Mary, He told her, "Touch me not; for I have not yet ascended to my Father." (John 20:17). 
  3. Christ did not immediately return to God in Heaven when He died, but had gone to the Spirit world to preach the Gospel  (1 Peter 3:19; see also 1 Peter 4:6)

Not too long ago, I attended the funeral of a young girl who tragically passed away here in Thompson's Station, TN. The funeral was at a Christian church, but there was still an overwhelming despair that permeated the sanctuary so thickly, you could feel it even if you walked in blindfolded.  Many Christians have a faith and hope in an afterlife but not the clarity, answers, and full picture that modern revelation provides.

I repeat my testimony that The Plan of Salvation is not just something to believe in because it brings peace, but it's a knowledge and an assurance that there really is more than this mortal life.  A Prophet asked God about the doctrine of the Spirit World taught in the Bible, and he received a revelation that confirmed these truths taught in the New Testament. This has helped me as I've thought about Ammon in the last year, where he is and what he is doing. "Worshipping at Jesus' feet" just doesn't answer enough of my questions.

If you find yourself continually aching and empty because of the loss of a loved one, ask yourself, "Do I truly, fully know God's Plan of Salvation, and where we go when we die?" Because there are more answers out there. You can have MORE peace and MORE clarity in your life. The Church of Jesus Christ is on the earth in its fulness.

This hymn is for all who say good bye to each other, either for a temporary time or until the next life.

God Be With You Till We Meet Again
God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you;
With His sheep securely fold you.
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again
When life's perils thick confound you,
Put his arms unfailing round you.
God be with you till we meet again

God be with you till we meet again
Keep love's banner floating o'er you;
Smite death's threat'ning wave before you.
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet at Jesus' feet.
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  • Learn more about the Plan of Salvation here

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