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Touched by the scriptures

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Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die, and more expecially for those that have not hope of a glorious resurrection.

And it shall come to pass that those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them. (D&C 42:45-46.) Even though my mother had suffered for many years with Parkinson's disease, her death was a shock to our family.

She had seemed so much better in the last months of her life, with her thoughts and concerns centered on my father and his needs. One morning she arose, and withing moments suffered a severe stroke, and passed away.

As we got past the shock of her death, and proceeded with those things that had to be done, I was often surprised at the peace that I felt. A few tears were shed, but I was calm enough to participate as a speaker at her funeral.

In the following weeks, I began to wonder why I had been so calm in these circumstances. I began to doubt myself, and wondered if I had really beenunfeeling or insensitive.

As I was struggling with these thoughts during the sacrament service one Sunday, I piced up my scriptures and turned to the Docrine and Covenants, Section 42 and read verses 45 and 46.

As I reflected on this message, I also reflected on my mother's increased sensitivity to the Spirit in the last years of her life. She often expressed her love and testimony of life after death. I once again received a calm and manifestation that all is well, and I have not doubted since.