grandpa christensen.

March 28, 2012

"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, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life." - Alma 40:11

"That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.” - D&C 76:24

As I sat in a hospital room for nearly 10 hours on Monday, surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins, my sister and her husband, my parents and my grandparents, I felt tremendously grateful for the plan of happiness. Our joy can be full. Our lives are eternal. Families can be together forever. These are things I often say, and even testify of to other friends and family and even strangers that I meet. But for the first time, I realized how inexpressibly grateful I was for that knowledge, for the comfort and surety that the gospel brings.

President Gordon B. Hinckley once gave a talk entitled, "The Empty Tomb Bore Testimony," how truly thankful I am for those words, and for knowing that they're true.

I loved my Grandpa Christensen. He was the George Bailey in my life, and probably in the lives of so many others. He was the man with a million friends, someone who loved and accepted and cared for anyone he met. I am so grateful for his legacy of love, and for all that he has left his spouse, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren behind. We'll be seeing him again one day soon, I know it.


B said...


I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I love that you say he was the George Bailey in your life, and I love that I know exactly what you mean. I have a grandpa who is my George Bailey too.

Love you girl! Prayers coming your way!


Susie Q said...

I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. He sounds like an amazing man! You need to come by and fill me in on everything! I miss you!


Anonymous said...

grandpa is the best.

Jess said...

Sorry to hear about your grandpa, the plan of happiness brings an amazing feeling of peace to me that we will see our loved ones again.
He sounds like he was a awesome grandpa and a great influence on you.
Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Catherine said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandpa. He sounds like a truly Christlike man. It is so wonderful to have the knowledge that you'll see him again. Our Gospel knowledge is such a comfort.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mandy said...

I'm so sorry Kels. My grandpa died around Thanksgiving this year. I'll be praying for you.

Brittany said...

I read this a few days ago, and I didn't comment. But I wanted to tell you first, that I'm sorry. It's so tough when the really neat people in our lives aren't there anymore. And second, I just love what you wrote. It's beautiful to me.

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Elsha.Rae said...

i am so sorry! prayers are coming your way! xo

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