Living by the scriptures

Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. — John 14:19

Over 30 years ago, our oldest son died in an accident. My husband was working that day, and I needed to be at a day camp for the Blazer Scouts. My husband's brother and his wife kept our boys, Brad and Bryan. Brad was supposed to give the sacrament gem in Sunday School the next day. When I dropped the boys off, Brad gave me a kiss. Before I drove away, I said, "Brad, tell me the sacrament gem."

He quickly replied, "Jesus said, 'because I live, ye shall live also.' "

When I arrived home that afternoon, my father-in-law was waiting for me. He said Brad had been run over, and it didn't look good. I pleaded with Heavenly Father all the way to the hospital. We arrived shortly after Brad died. My husband spent some time with Brad and then joined family members and knelt in prayer. Brad's last words to me gave us great comfort in the difficult times ahead. We buried him on his fifth birthday, and had John 14:19 carved on his headstone.

We have learned much from losing a child. We have learned how important families are, how blessed we are to understand the plan of salvation, and how important it is to have a testimony of Jesus Christ. He was born. He died. He lives; and because He lives, we too shall live again. — Arlene Bunker, Mesa, Ariz.

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