I was married in the right place at the right time.
So over the past 34 years we have had 12 children, and 18 grandchildren, all these souls whom the Lord entrusted to us and who are our posterity. As of Feb. 2015. According to the covenant, our children are sealed to us for all time and all eternity. I often ponder on what this actually means.
so how I now KNOW that this principle is true...
Throughout my life, I have always believed that if you don't repent fully before you die, you are in big trouble. And in fact, you are. I have not believed that there are chances for those who had the light and knowledge, because of my interpretation of the Book of Mormon scripture which says:
So as I read this all these years, I thought it very clear. The devil doth seal you his. End of story.
But apparently, it is NOT the end of the story. My interpretation and understanding was wrong. In fact, we have to be scholars of ALL the scriptures and not take one out of context of all scriptures that have been revealed, or try to make one more important than another. If its in the canon, its ALL important and doctrine. There are scriptures/doctrine which teach of repentance in the World of Spirits, after our mortal life. So we know that. It is taking place today (see D&C 138). There are also scriptures that teach that sinners who were eternally married, sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise, will come forth in the 1st resurrection (that's a good thing) and will receive their exaltation (also a magnificent thing, see D&C 132:26). One could read that scripture out of context and say "it says right here, no matter what I do, I will enter into my exaltation if I was sealed in the temple," and they would be wrong. Wrong, because there are numerous other scriptures which teach about the absolute necessity of repentance, and the Atonement of Christ. So we have to be careful not to take things out of context. Apparently, I have been partially doing this when it comes to Alma 34. I have thought about absolutes, when there are obviously possibilities of repentance, albeit much harder repentance, akin to the kind that Alma went through.
My Son Stephen was recently killed in an auto accident, on Dec. 14, 2016, 11:00 am, by a DUI driver. He was 25.
Stephen had accepted Jesus Christ in his young life. He knew exactly what he was doing when I baptized him in the waters of baptism. He chose it. He was excited about it. He willingly and lovingly accepted the invitation to be baptized and was happy that day. SO he did know Jesus Christ, and rejoiced in it.
For a brief few years only, Stephen lost his way, but I am confident he WOULD HAVE COME BACK if only his life was not suddenly cut way short.
But I know Alma got a second chance. He was the worst and vilest of sinners as the scripture states, his dad was even a prophet, he knew the gospel light and rejected it trying to destroy the church of God.... but God gave him the chance to turn it around as he sent an angel to SHOCK Alma into a spiritual awakening to realize the truth of who is in charge. I have no doubt the meeting that Stephen had with Jesus Christ upon his death would yield a similar awakening, and Stephen, like Alma, will/would/did respond in a manner to mitigate and repent and get BUSY for Christ, like Alma did. Like it says in Alma 34.
Stephen is in the Spirit World. There is more work to do there than there is here. There are 100 billion souls there, and we have only done about 100 million temple baptisms, a mere scratch of that surface, a 1/1000th of the work. SO much work left to do, so many souls to save, to teach. Stephen could literally be preparing for a real mission to go and help rescue souls. I believe it is possible, and wish I could know it. Maybe the Lord will see in his mercy or wisdom to either reveal it to me, or to withhold it from me, depending on the one or the other. All I know is that I have become a much more willing servant of the Lord, more willing to accept what comes my way, and more willing to be patient on the Lord and wait for things to happen on HIS timetable.
Jesus Christ has become literally, my super-hero, and when I watch the videos of him, I more vividly and realistically watch that fictional actor who portrays him, and I see the spiritual message and know that there was a very real and literal Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, who walked the earth and did those things, and did them powerfully, and did them perfectly…. And he was perfect in his obedience and in doing ONLY the will of the Father. I truly, because of Stephen’s death, love the Savior more, honor and respect the resurrection more, the literal reality of it, and I can testify with greater firmness and truth and resolve as to the reality of the Atonement and what it means to Stephen, and to our family. Let me close once again with this truth, revealed to me, which have caused me to become a firm believer in the sealing power of the temple because of the covenants we make with Christ:
“He is sealed to you”
“You are an eternal family.”