Our friends always ask about how they can have a family like mine. The answer always comes back to this.
My family and I recently visited a young LDS couple that had just suffered a terrible loss. Their first pregnancy resulted in a stillborn child, shattering their hopes for welcoming a child to their home in the spring. Having been in a similar situation ourselves many years ago (and subsequently over-compensating with five daughters), I had more than a passing familiarity with what they were experiencing. But I couldn’t help but notice that, along with the tears, there were smiles and confident expressions that the loss was transitory, and that their baby boy would be restored to them. They expressed grief, but not anguish. Disappointment, but not despair.
Because Mormons believe that families are forever.
Many years ago, while reading a biography of Andrew Jackson, I came across this quote, in which he expressed his feelings about his deceased wife: “Heaven will not be heaven to me unless I meet…
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