As We Greet with a Kiss

To those of you who still feel the pain of the death of a loved one, I want you to know that our Heavenly Father understands your feelings.

One of the greatest messages of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that we will be able to be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away.

I have never personally experienced the sorrow of the death of a loved one. The closest person to me who has ever passed away was my great mentor and middle school teacher, Mr. Pecylak. My mother and I visited him in the hospital several days before he passed away. He was thin and close to the veil, but I loved him a lot and am so glad that we made that visit.

In a coming day, we will once again “assemble at home”, as the hymn Oh, What Songs of the Heart puts it. Can you imagine the joy of that day? Think of it: family, friends, acquaintances, and ancestors will gather to greet us in the spirit world when we die. Then, as in the story of the prodigal son, while we are “yet a great way off”, they will see us, and have compassion on us, and run, and fall on our necks, and kiss us (Luke 15:20).

Are you excited for that final day?

Tho our rapture and bliss
There’s no song can express,
We will shout, we will sing o’er and o’er,
As we greet with a kiss,
And with joy we caress
All our loved ones that passed on before
(Hymns, 286)

Yes, no song can express the joy of the resurrection!

But it will happen.

And we will see our loved ones again.

Until that great and final day, may we maintain “a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Jesus Christ has already declared our redemption from the bands of death, and we can now live “firm in the hope of a glorious resurrection, through the grace of God the Father and his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ” (D&C 138:14, 16)!

To those of you who still feel the pain of the death of a loved one, I want you to know that our Heavenly Father understands your feelings. He also knows what it is to lose a son. I pray that you will turn to Him and to the Savior in your hour of need, because They will succor you.

I, too, will try in my imperfect way to comfort you if you have lost a loved one. I love each of you. Some of you I will see when I return to Utah, some when I return to Florida, or California, or Illinois… and some, we may not see each other until the next life. But we will all be reunited after death. I know we will!

On that day, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). And then you and I will “greet with a kiss”, and sing songs of joy o’er and o’er!

Love,
Elder Torres

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