Sunday, March 13, 2016

My Father

I have been thinking about my father lately. Tomorrow would have been his birthday. He would have been 87. Happy Birthday dad! 
I miss him so much. He was the strength and stability of our family. He always had a way to make things right. He could always fix things, even problems. He just had a way to make everything seem brighter and better.  I'm the chubby baby in my father's arms ;-)
I wish I could again feel his strong arms around me.

I still ache inside as I think of how much he had to suffer during the last months of his life. During the final stages of his cancer, he suffered much pain and was unable to speak or move. When he died I was somewhat relieved that he didn't have to suffer any longer, even though the pain of not having him around was too much to handle. 

I think of my father a lot during Easter. The reason is that I know that just as my savior walked out of that tomb in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago, my father will walk out of his tomb one day. I thank my Savior for His atonement and for making the miracle of resurrection possible.

As our loved ones suffer or as we suffer we may ask Heavenly Father "Why?" "Why must we go through this trial that seems so hard to bear?" 
I contemplated today during church the enormous suffering that our Savior had to go the garden of Gethsemane and later on the cross. I can't begin to imagine the pain He must have felt. Yet He willingly took it all upon Himself for us.

I shared this video with my students, and I want you all to hear it also...

Click here to watch the video about a boy named Logan 

Heavenly Father stood and watched as His beloved Son suffered and died. He could have stopped it, but He didn't. The Savior had to die because without His death there would have been no resurrection. Just like Heavenly Father told Logan: "You know, Logan, my son was special too, but He died for a purpose."

It is the same for each of our lives. We often need to suffer for a higher purpose that we may not be aware of. We must trust that our Father in Heaven knows best.

I am grateful for my loving Father in Heaven who gave His beloved Son for me. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me...His loving strong arms have lifted me and strengthened me many many times...especially when my earthly father's arms were not within reach.

I testify that the Savior lives and because He lives, all of our loved ones who died will too. 

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