When my dad passed away, He was there


Four years ago, I had one of the most difficult experiences of my life when my dad passed away. I remember so clearly the feeling of powerlessness, shock and horror that invaded my mind and heart the moment I realized that my father would not be here with us anymore.

Suddenly, I questioned everything I thought I knew about the Plan of Salvation. My dad was not a member of the Church, so I began wondering if life ends with death or if families can be together forever. Many times I knelt to pray for comfort and to receive answers to my sincere questions. I searched for those answers in the Book of Mormon and teachings of the prophets. It was a long and beautiful search. I felt my heart calm down a little every day. I felt the presence of my Savior, right there hugging me, supporting me, walking with me. I felt my heart fill with hope and faith. After that experience I knew that what I believed was true!

I know Jesus Christ is there to listen and to comfort us. He is always available, but in times of trouble or sadness we can feel Him in a very special way if we open our hearts. I also learned to love my family and let them know it. Through faith and a sincere heart, I know we can feel our broken hearts healed and softened by Christ, the Prince of Peace.

“When sore trials come upon us, it’s time to deepen our faith in God, to work hard, and to serve others. Then He will heal our broken hearts. He will bestow upon us personal peace and comfort. Those great gifts will not be destroyed, even by death.”

Russel M. Nelson, “Jesus Christ – the Master Healer”