Monday, June 11, 2018

The Business of Living

Life can get a little murky sometimes. I say murky because, at times, it is difficult to see through the fog of life’s problems that often seem to come all at once. This seems to be particularly true for parents raising several young children. By the time we have them raised, we breath a sigh of relief, thinking that we have succeeded in our calling as parents. If you’ve raised kids, you know that the surprise comes with continuing challenges as our babies become young adults and begin having children of their own. Then, when we have finally reached the point that our children are full grown adults and are handling their lives well, … news flash… our parents begin to need our attention, and the challenges come from a new direction. Who knew this would happen!

Sometimes all those challenges make it difficult for us to focus on the needs of family members whom we can no longer see standing in front of us explaining their dilemmas, as our children do. We can become so caught up in solving those problems that are more visible, that we forget to continue moving forward in our efforts to help our ancestors solve their problems. Even though we can’t see them, they can see us struggling with the cares of living. Sometimes the demands of our children do take precedence over those who have crossed the veil. However, once we have put out the fires that demand our attention, we need to turn to our ancestors and get back to the business of helping them. We need to find them, gather them, collect and write their stories, and take them to the temple. We need to link them together across the generations.

We have been promised that as we complete this important work for our deceased family members, the Lord will bless us. Our deceased ancestors will be there looking over our shoulders, whispering encouragement in our ears and doing everything in their power to ease our burdens as we ease theirs. Our families will be blessed for our efforts as well. Don’t give up! Put out the fires and clean up life’s messes, and then get back to blessing those ancestors who love you. Like many of our other tasks, it’s a job that never ends. In fact, It’s the work of a lifetime, and the rewards are eternal!

Mary Flegel

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Angels Among Us

As you go about your work finding your ancestors, do you ever feel that you are receiving help from the other side of the veil of death? Do you sometimes feel that you are prompted and guided to find names and relationships? Do you ever have dreams in which you are given specific information that helps you in your search? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Many people have stories to tell about just those kinds of experiences. I believe there are angels among us. I also believe that these spirits are not just random spirits who drop in to give us a hand. These are our very own ancestors. These are the people from the other side of the veil who have a vested interest in our success. Not only are they interested in our welfare and that of our earthly families because we are their descendants, but, also, they are interested in linking those family relationships on their side. 

Those ancestors want us to return safely to the family fold, just as we do with our own children. President Russell M. Nelson was Elder Nelson in 2014 when he said, “Any parent can understand that. You send your children off to kindergarten and the young mothers gulp. Then children go off to school, and then [some] go off to mission[s], and then they go off to education. Some go off to military duty. And you have but one desire, and that is that they’ll come home safely.” Not only do our ancestors want us to return to their family fold, but our Heavenly Father wants all of his children to return to Him. President Nelson said, “A loving Heavenly Father has but two desires for His children, immortality and eternal life, which means life with Him back home.”

As we commit our time and energy to continuing our efforts in behalf of our dead, we will be blessed in this life and the life to come. We are ministering to our families here as we teach them to care about their ancestral family, and we are ministering to our ancestral family as we do the work of linking them together with us. Let us continue in our efforts to provide these blessings, and may the angels look over our shoulders as we search the records on our computers. 

Mary Flegel