Today’s inspiration is drawn from “What after Death?” by Elder LeGrand Richards Of the Council of the Twelve during October 1974.
Elder LeGrand Richards’ insightful message, “What after Death?” invites us to contemplate life beyond mortality. It offers hope to those who have lost loved ones and reassurance to all of us about God’s eternal plan for His children.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 – Unveiling the Unseen
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
Elder Richards commences his address with a heartfelt expression of gratitude for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. His message reminds us that amid the trials and uncertainties of life, faith is the cornerstone of our hope.
The focus of Elder Richards’ talk shifts to those parents who have experienced the profound loss of a child. He acknowledges that this is an experience that touches many families. Whether it be the loss of children in war, on missions, or at a tender age, the pain is real and deeply felt.
Elder Richards beautifully portrays the idea that life doesn’t end at death. He highlights that, in God’s grand plan, there is continuity beyond mortality—a journey where everyone will have the opportunity to progress and experience the fullness of joy.
Elder Richards shares a personal story about his own family, illustrating the concept that the blessings of the gospel extend beyond the grave. He describes how his family lost a young daughter but finds comfort in the belief that she will receive all the blessings and joy her siblings have experienced in mortality.
Elder Richards introduces the concept of the Millennium—a thousand-year period during which God’s work of salvation will continue. It is a time of redemption and temple work, where countless souls will have the chance to accept God’s blessings.
Elder Richards underscores that God’s purposes cannot be frustrated. His divine plan encompasses every individual, ensuring that His faithful children will receive all that He has prepared for them in His own due time.
Elder LeGrand Richards’ message reminds us of the eternal perspective that brings hope and comfort to our lives. In a world often marked by sorrow and uncertainty, we can take solace in the belief that God’s plan encompasses the happiness and progression of all His children.
As we contemplate this message, let us remember to extend love and understanding to those who have experienced the loss of loved ones. Let us seek opportunities to comfort and uplift those in grief, offering them the assurance of God’s eternal plan.
In our daily lives, let us strive to make the world a better place by sharing love, compassion, and hope with those around us. By doing so, we not only honor the teachings of Elder LeGrand Richards but also contribute to the fulfillment of God’s plan—a world where His children experience the fullness of joy and eternal progression. Link to the original: What after Death?
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