I guess I should have grokked it, too, it makes all the sense when looking at it on a doctrinal satellite map. Or maybe that’s what line upon line does, it appears so obvious once you grasp it, you chide yourself for not seeing it sooner. But after 31 years of membership– and no significant surprises in a long time– I thought I already grasped it all.]]>
I think these things are supposed to hurt our brains, though. :) Again, faith demands us sometimes to really just accept what little we feel and know even when we can sense that what we feel and know relative to what there really is to know is simply so miniscule. I think that is there to remind us how dependent we are on God.
Sheesh. I wax philosophical tonite. Blame it on the migraine.]]>
I do think you are onto something about the details, though. As pat as it sounds, to me faith demands that we have to let go of many mortal questions. I think there are many beyond this very complicated issue of sealings. The injustices of life are baffling when considered in a here and now kind of a way, imo.
But when I contemplate the wonder of the Atonement, I just have to believe that, as Pres. Hinckley said, it will all work out. And to me, those aren’t just pat words. Those reflect a faith that sometimes hurts, because life is extremely messy and sometimes even a bit baffling.
I don’t think we are here to get it all right ourselves. God lets things be messy because that is part of our experience here in mortality. But the wonder of it all is that the Savior will make it all right. Because of what He did, I believe we can trust wholeheartedly that things really will work out, particularly if and as we hold to our covenants.
That said, I still can’t imagine how difficult it would be to be where you are. I hope you can find peace and direction with what to do.]]>
One of my pet theories (just a theory) is that Heaven is ruled by a council of Heavenly Father’s plural wives; and that Elohim and Jehovah are working off of a set of divine honey-dos.
Maybe mortal life is like Heavenly Father and Jesus taking us camping. Out here in the wilderness, Jesus rules under Heavenly Father’s direction. (Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster?) But once we learn some manners, then we get to go back in the house, where Heavenly Mother(s) is(are) in charge.]]>
I like those two ideas.
And we’re all spritual siblings anyway, children of the same heavenly parents. By the way, we’re not the only church that believes that parents and children are spritiual siblings. I heard the concept from evangelicals/pentecostals over 35 years ago.
Katherine, #17: Yeah, I now see that you do have a stake in the question. That’s got to be a heart-wrenching thing to ponder from your standpoint.
I’m “49+something”, never married, and if I do get married, the possibilities are someone who is: a) divorced, b) widowed, or c) never married. There are no such issues in regards to c), but even with a), there is a matter of who the children are sealed to.
One way to look at it is that we have no guarantee of exaltation anyway. And if we end up in any degree or kingdom below the top degree of the Celestial Kingdom, who we’re sealed to as husband/wife is moot anway, as we’ll be eternally single in that case.
I know a woman in the church who’s first husband died while she was pregnant with their 4th (or 5th?) child. She later re-married out of the church so as to avoid the conflict of having to choose between two husbands in the hereafter. That marriage didn’t last and she has since married (husband #3) who is a recent convert.
If children who die before the age of accountability are guaranteed exaltation, then Heavenly Father has or will provide some way for them to be sealed to a spouse, right?
So if Heavenly Father can “work it all out” for people who die as babies, then I’m certain he can “work it all out” for worthy widows and widowers who remarry worthily.]]>