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Nine Moons » Blog Archive : What will you ask God when you die? » What will you ask God when you die?

What will you ask God when you die?

Susan M - November 30, 2008

My 14 year old son asked me this question today after church.

At first I said I wouldn’t ask any questions, I’d just say, “I want to see everything that ever happened.”

I asked my son what he’d say, his reply: “How have I left my mark on the world and the people I’ve known?”

I told him that’s what Heavenly Father is probably going to ask him.

Then I said, “I know. I’d ask ‘Do we have to give hugs in heaven?’” (My kids know I don’t like hugging.)

My son said, “And you’d ask, ‘Are there books? Where’s the library?’”

I said, “‘Are there any good bands playing?’”

Later my husband said, “I know what your mom would ask: ‘Are there blogs in heaven?’”

What would you ask?

35 Comments »

  1. I’ll spend a large part of eternity asking the questions I have… but there are two questions that will be foremost in my mind upon passing. I’ve done both good and bad in my life — and I’d want to know whether either had last lasting effect.

    Comment by Silus Grok — November 30, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

  2. “Are you gonna eat that?”

    “Anything I can do to Help?”

    Comment by MAtt W. — November 30, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

  3. “Are ‘what if’ questions really moot?”

    and if not,

    “What if I had chosen that other path (that was just as righteous, etc.)?”

    And

    “What about area 51?”

    And

    “My husband’s not righteous enough for Celestial Polygamy, right?”

    Comment by cheryl — November 30, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

  4. Can I go shoot the breeze with the Brother of Jared and Isaiah now?

    Are you proud of me–like, take-a-picture-of-me-out-of-your-wallet-as-you-brag-about-me-to-Peter-and-Paul-at-the-office proud of me? If not, what could I have done better to deserve it?

    Do we get to sleep in?

    Where is the bathroom? And the food?

    Where is my room?

    Comment by Paradox — November 30, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

  5. Can I have Nephite muscles now?

    Comment by Owen — November 30, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  6. Who shot JFK?

    Comment by Bookslinger — November 30, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

  7. For purposes of answering the question, let’s suppose that after death, I found myself standing in front of the same deity which is conceived by the LDS church. In other words, I’d be in front of a deity who was altogether ready to thrust me to the lowest of kingdoms (other than Outer Darkness, which I don’t qualify for, having never received the Second Comforter), in condemnation for coming out as a gay man, leaving the LDS church, and entering a lasting relationship (both physical and emotional) with another man.

    Before such a being assigned two (hopefully incredibly muscular, bearded, hairy and handsome) angels to “thrust” me down to the Telestial Kingdom, I’d have something to say before asking him any questions. I’d use my last opportunity to boldly testify against that “supreme” being, in the presence of all the “heavenly hosts.”

    I’d remind all present, that this being gave a firm commandment that sexuality and committed relationships could only exist between persons of the opposite sex. I’d then witness before all, that this being ignored the prayers, the fasting, the pleas, the tears, and the begging of his gay children, who spent considerable portions of their lives desperately wanting to be the heterosexual persons he demanded. I’d witness before all, that this being calously left such individuals to their own devices, until the majority of them either left his church, or much worse, took their own lives (and no doubt were judged as “sinners” for that too) because he refused to make it possible for them in following his “plan of happiness,” no matter how hard they begged and pleaded. I’d testify that this being had blood on his hands, even the innocent blood of his children, who thought it was better to be dead than to risk one day “falling into temptation.”

    THEN, and only then, would I ask him a question, and it would be, How dare you condemn those who fought with every fibre of their being, only to find you and absentee deity when they wanted so desperately to please you?” Of course, we already have an example to suggest that this “supreme” being’s only answer would be “DEPART!”, but I’d do so knowing that I gave a true and just testimony against a truly wicked being.

    Comment by Nick Literski — November 30, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

  8. Wow Nick, you have just officially lost your shit.

    Comment by Steve Evans — November 30, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

  9. That’s okay, Steve. I don’t mind if you keep it—really.

    Comment by Nick Literski — December 1, 2008 @ 1:04 am

  10. Besides, Steve…it’s just a thought exercise. I don’t, for a moment, believe that such a deity exists (nor would he be worthy of worship, if he did). :-)

    Comment by Nick Literski — December 1, 2008 @ 1:06 am

  11. Wow. I don’t really think I can follow that.

    Comment by meems — December 1, 2008 @ 6:33 am

  12. I don’t think I could really articulate the question I would ask, but the closest I can come up with is, “Am I forgiven?”

    Comment by SilverRain — December 1, 2008 @ 7:15 am

  13. Nick: Haven’t you ever even read LDS scriptures? Wow.

    Comment by Matt W. — December 1, 2008 @ 8:05 am

  14. What was that joke you told Brigham in the Holy of Holies?

    Comment by David T. — December 1, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  15. Nick’s post reminds me of Job, not the tamed down patience Job described in the New Testament and by later authors, but the angry and frustrated Job who sought an audience with the Lord to protest his fate. Job’s friends offered all the usual clichés that we all give on why other people suffer, that Job committed sin and needs to learn humility. Finally, the Lord appeared and challenged Job.

    THEN the LORD answered Job out the whirlwind, and said,
    Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

    Job 38: 1 – 2. Overwhelmed, Job was silenced.

    The Job answered the LORD, and said,
    Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
    Once have I spoken; but I will not answer; yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

    Job 40: 3 – 5. Once the Lord was finished with Job, however, he suggested that Job was right and his friends, with their clichés, were wrong.

    And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

    Job 42: 7. These friends had to rely on Job to pray for them to become acceptable to the Lord.

    I would like to be in the room at judgment day when Nick faces the LORD. I suspect that he would overwhelmed as was Job but it would be delicious to watch.

    Comment by Ron J — December 1, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  16. I think it’d extremely disrespectful to go on a Mormon blog and call the Mormon God “wicked.” Would you go on a Muslim blog and call Allah “wicked?”

    I sincerely don’t see what Nick thinks he’s accomplishing by continuing to “participate” on the Bloggernacle.

    Comment by Jeremy Jensen — December 1, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

  17. You are all talking to invisible sky people, and its Nick who has lost his shit?

    Nick makes a valid point. It does not surprise me that there are those in the bloggernacle who are uncomfortable it.

    Comment by Imperfection — December 1, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  18. Talking to invisible sky people is great. I recommend it.

    Comment by MCQ — December 1, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

  19. I have started considering such questions with far more seriousness than seems to be reflected in the comments here. Expecting this encounter to take place fairly soon for myself — sooner than I ever thought, until very recently.

    Most of my discussions with God will be opened with a request for further understanding of how things work, on a grand scale. Why does ice float? How does water flow? What makes the sky blue? In general, how’d you manage things? What makes everything work?

    In addition to reunion with Heavenly Father, and ensuing discussion at great length, I am looking forward to seeing again those who have passed on, that I have loved and missed so much. It will be a joy to be reunited wih all those, and I expect to learn a lot from them as well. I am sure they will have some interesting things to teach me.

    Comment by Jim Cobabe — December 2, 2008 @ 6:44 am

  20. As for those who seem to reflect an attitude like Nick, who appears to presume to lecture God himself, I suspect that we all have much to learn. Especially about principles such as justice and judgment.

    Comment by Jim Cobabe — December 2, 2008 @ 6:49 am

  21. #16-
    I’ve already asked Nick that question on another blog; I’m still not sure what he hopes to accomplish by insulting everything we love more than our own lives. Especially in light of the fact that most of the Bloggernacle Mormons actually sympathize with his position (gay man who left the Church).

    #20-
    Jim, I would also add we have much to learn about mercy, too…

    Comment by cheryl — December 2, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  22. OK, Jim (#19)…

    Seriously, the first two things I would probably ask God are, “Have I been a good man?” (I always lose it when I see the old man ask that in Saving Private Ryan) and “Can I come home now?”

    Comment by David T. — December 2, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  23. “Why did they keep eliminating my job?”

    Comment by Wally Bob — December 2, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  24. Of course the first THING I would do is different than the 1st QUESTION I’d ask. (1st thing I’d do being dropping to His feet and saying “Thank you” over and over again)

    Probably would be something along the lines of “Do I get to learn how to create worlds now and what’s the 1st step?”:)

    Comment by Bret — December 2, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  25. Nick,

    Have you ever dared consider He might have an answer for you? An answer you would have to concede is better than your own? I don’t recommend playing chicken with Deity.

    He doesn’t seem very reluctant to ask us to do hard things.

    Comment by David Foster — December 2, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

  26. God: “I tried to talk you out of taking that body. I told you there would be extreme difficulty if you did. But, you wanted a body so bad… Well, you didn’t listen to me. You knew gaining a body was essential to your exaltation. But, you were convinced that your premortal valiance would get you through. I even gave you ample time to repent. And, now, you’re saying it’s my fault; that I don’t love you. I love you enough to hold your agency inviolate – no matter the consequences. “

    Comment by Wally Bob — December 3, 2008 @ 9:58 am

  27. This may be silly, but I would ask for a hug. And a hug from Jesus and Heavenly Mother as well.

    Comment by Alpha Echo — December 3, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  28. Perhaps the most common false accusation we (I mean humans collectively) make against God is that he is an absentee deity. He is not. He will at times let us stand on our own, because that is part of what we are doing here, but no, he hasn’t abandoned us.

    Have I made a difference in anyone’s life?

    Comment by Velska — December 3, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  29. God: “I tried to talk you out of taking that body.”

    I can think of nothing in Mormon doctrine that could possibly justify this sentence.

    Comment by Nate W. — December 3, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  30. Nate’s right, of course, but if you read it in the voice of Woody Allen, it’s kind of funny.

    Comment by David T. — December 3, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

  31. Thanks, David T., you’ve totally upended my concept of God permanently–except I can’t seem to imagine Woody Allen’s voice, but rather his mother’s voice in Oedipus Wrecks. :)

    Comment by Nate W. — December 3, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

  32. NICELY done, Nate. Obscure “New York Stories” reference.

    Comment by David T. — December 3, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

  33. Thanks for catching the humor, Dave. But, all good humor has some element of truth in it. I’ve got 116 pages (bought ‘em from MH) that shows that God sometimes tries to talk us out of doing something foolish.

    Comment by Wally Bob — December 3, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

  34. I read it as:

    “I tried to talk you out of taking _that_ body.” Inferring that you meant we had a choice among several options of which body to inhabit in mortality.

    Thinking of Nick L. …

    “Hmmm, we have an opening for a serf in medieval Europe, but that body is going to die of the plague before age 15. Here’s this other opening for a male, to be born in the United States of America, late 1950′s, 1960-ish, good opportunity for marriage and children, nice upper middle class career as a lawyer. However, if you’re born into that family, you’ll eventually live a long life, but you’ll turn out gay.”

    Just wondering.

    Not quite “Saturday’s Warrior”, but maybe a little “The Blue Bird” (starring Shirley Temple.)

    Comment by Bookslinger — December 4, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  35. Why didn’t you tell me the whole story?

    Comment by annegb — December 7, 2008 @ 3:48 pm

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