Posted by: Emily Schmutz Garcia | August 27, 2013

Only the good die young

My heart is heavy. My cousin-in-law’s husband passed away last week. He was a good man. He had a wife and son who is just a few months older than my son. He was a good husband and father. I wish instead of one of the good ones, it could have been one of the crappy, deadbeat dads who cheat and leave their wives and abandon their kids. It seems like there are an endless supply of those, why not let one of them get some random disease that kills them within a month?

One thought comes to me as I think of this horrible situation. There was a people who lived in ancient times on the American continent. They had been a ferocious and blood thirsty lot until they turned to The Lord and changed their evil ways. They refused to ever again take up their weapons of war, even to defend their own lives.

One day, some of their wicked brethren decided to fight them. The changed people refused to defend themselves and prayed to God as their brethren fell upon them. Many of them died at the hands of their brethren, but their brethren were so ashamed of the murders they committed that many of them repented and turned their hearts towards God. The number of people who joined The Lord that day were more than those who had lost their lives. Furthermore, those who had died had died pure in heart and were taken home to that God who gave them life.

“And it came to pass that the people of God were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain; and those who had been slain were righteous people, therefore we have no reason to doubt but what they were saved.”
(Book of Mormon, Alma 24:26)

I didn’t know my cousin-in-law that well, but on the times when we hung out, he always seemed like a great husband and father. I am sure that he will be well received by that God who gave him life and who died for all of us that we might live again.

“Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, . . . are taken home to that God who gave them life.

And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.”
(Book of Mormon, Alma 40: 11-12)

Perhaps the deadbeat dads will turn their lives around given more time on this earth, or they at least need that time so that when they are judged they won’t be able to say that if they had more time they would have changed.

My tears, thoughts and prayers are with this good one’s beautiful wife and their beautiful son. May that God who suffered for us all comfort them at this horrible time.

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