Monday, March 7, 2011

Until We Meet Again, Friend.


Even though I didn't know you for as long as Gavin did, I still considered you to be a very close friend. You were always so kind and full of energy, the life of the party. I am so thankful for the friendship you provided to Gavin and I. You had this light about you that invited others in.

You fought a good fight, Aaron. I know you are in a better place now and were called home early for a reason. Heavenly Father needs warriors on the other side of the veil too, and I know that is where you are now. We know that life continues beyond the grave and that there is important work to be done by those who have gone on.

It is never easy to lose a friend to death. But the knowledge which the gospel provides can be a enormous comfort to us.

We WILL see you again. Of course, our loss will not be easy, but God will comfort us and the hurt will eventually go away. The memories we have will be happy and joyful as we reflect on the good times spent together sharing our lives.

Thank goodness for the plan of salvation.

Jesus Christ blesses those who mourn and commands us to “Live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die” (D&C 42:45).

The tears for the loss of our friend, brother, uncle and son are not wrong. These tears do not indicate a lack of faith in God’s plan. Comfort can, and will reach us, but we will NEVER forget, we will NEVER doubt. We will remain faithful.

Until we meet again, Aaron. We love you.

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