Throughout our lives we are fortunate to be surrounded by extra special people, people who love you completely and unconditionally. Whether we realize it or not, these people are always there for us. They’ll do anything for us to make sure we are our happiest.

My grandma was one of these extra special people in my life. She passed away two days ago after suffering from a stroke. I have so many memories of her to cherish for the rest of my life, so many lessons that she taught me. When I originally became interested in church, it was to my grandma that I first started asking questions. She was always happy to talk. For the past six years, I’ve lived most of my life away from home, and visits were usually just for a short time during holidays. I would often call her, and each time she answered it was as if the call made her day. My grandma was one of the most charitable people I know. Always giving. You would never leave her house empty-handed. She cared about everyone, and wanted the best. Make no mistake; this special lady has a heavenly home that has been prepared for her.

Though the grieving process is sometimes rough, I’m comforted to know eternal truths.

But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.”             -2 Nephi 2:24 (Book of Mormon)

God has a plan for us. This life here on earth is only a part of the big picture. There is an eternity of pure joy to be found hereafter. God has His hand in each of our lives, whether we realize it or not. He is doing all He can to ensure our happiness. We can take comfort in knowing that all things happen in His time.

“Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father’s plan.”                                              –LDS Hymns No. 300

Since my grandpa past away a few years ago, it’s understandable that all my grandma has wanted since is to be with her life-long love and companion. The family is an eternal unit. We are not organized into families here just because. It’s a precursor to what is to come. As sad as I was to hear of my grandma’s passing, I couldn’t agree more with the first words my mom spoke over the phone. “She’s with grandpa now.” Of this I have no doubt.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16

This truth is at the core of everything I believe. It could not have been more fitting that when I was told about my grandma’s passing, my wife and I were attending a performance entitled “Savior of the World,” a play depicting the events of the Savior’s birth and resurrection. Because Jesus broke the bands of death, all who lived will receive a resurrected, glorified, perfect body. Because of this infinite Atonement, the laws of mercy and justice can be satisfied, opening the gates of heaven to us, allowing us to live forever with our families in the presence of our Father and our Savior.

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye be also.”      –John 14:2-3

My wonderful grandmother touched and influenced the lives of many, including mine. She will never be forgotten. Last night I found that I still have two old voicemails on my phone that were never deleted. Though they are short, I can still hear her tell me she loves me. Though a small thing, it’s my way of keeping her with me.

Life is precious. We should not take a day for granted. Make every day worth living. Find opportunities to be a positive influence in the lives of others. Strive to see the good in people. Tell those you love that you love them, and show them you love them. Make memories with those you are close with, and, most of all, enjoy the journey that is life.

Lewis Temple (36)

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