Sunday, August 21, 2011

Forever Families

How lucky am I to know that I can live with my family forever.

For some reason, the last couple months I have been picturing or worrying about something bad happening to one of my family members. First I envision Landon choking on a coin and because I'm "too busy" I don't notice until it's too late. Then I picture Liv being abducted from her preschool (she started on Friday). I also see Jeff getting into a horrible accident and not making it out alive! Horrible thoughts right? Thinking of these made-up events sometimes kept me up at night worrying, and I seriously had a hard time shaking the thought that something bad was going to happen.

My mind was not at all comforted until one day I was reading THIS wonderful talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. I didn't get to finish the whole talk because I kept reading these same words over and over again.

"I testify to you that our Father in Heaven loves His children. He loves us. He loves you.
When necessary the Lord will even carry you over obstacles as you seek His peace with a
broken heart and a contrite spirit. Often He speaks to us in ways that we can hear only
with our heart. To better hear His voice, it would be wise to turn down the volume control of
the worldly noise in our lives."

Life is great for me and my little family. Jeff and I are safe, our children are beautiful and healthy, my extended family is also healthy. I need to relax and enjoy the time I have with them. Who knows, that time may be short. And if it is, I know I can be with them forever through God's plan for us.

The other night a friend on Facebook posted about a family who a week ago had to say goodbye to their 7 month old daughter Ruby Jane due to liver failure. You can find her story HERE. Usually I don't read blogs of people I don't know, but I read this one and cried the whole time. I cried for the fact that I have an 8 month old who I don't know if I could live without in this world. I cried for this family who is surviving this hard time because of the knowledge that they will be able to one day see their sweet baby girl again.

Today in church, speakers talked about families and the Plan of Salvation. I had a hard time paying attention because of the toys around me. It seemed like I was playing with them more than my children (whoops). But I sure did pay attention when it was time for the closing song, and I couldn't help but get emotional as I thought about the words:

Families Can Be Together Forever

I have a family here on eath.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them through all eternity
Families can be together forever
Through Heavnly Father's plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.

No matter what happens in this life, if I live a righteously I can always live with my family! I love them and I'm thankful for that knowledge.