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I’ve been traveling back and forth a lot between Pennsylvania and South Jersey for the past few weeks now. I come to Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoons and leave Thursday afternoons. I’ve been alternating which friend I stay with so I don’t annoy them.

Well, this past Wednesday I stayed with a friend, let’s call her Betty. Betty has two kids in Catholic school but Betty isn’t religious. Her ex-husband is the driver of the Catholic school decision.

As you may know, faith is a huge part of me. I go to church for three hours every Sunday, run a podcast based on faith, meet the missionaries regularly, attend scripture studies, visit the temple weekly, etc. It’s just who I am. I love that part of me.

Betty’s kids typically have a religious question for me whenever I see them. I love answering their questions. I once spent over an hour discussing the 10 Commandments with her son. It just brings me such joy.

Anyway, this past week I stayed with Betty and only her daughter was there. While I was getting ready to go to my office, Betty’s daughter had some questions.

I’ll paraphrase the conversation for you.

“I want mommy to love me forever.”

“She can babe.”

“Yeah, but when we die, we’re all alone.”

“No, no babe. Families are eternal.”

“That’s not what I was told. Where did you learn that?”

I pull out my scriptures because I always carry them with me.

Then she asked me to get her some scriptures. You’d better believe I immediately ordered her a set that is perfect for her.

What this little girl said to me, stuck with me. How sad at 6 years old she’s lost her hope? She has no hope she’ll be able to see her family past this life.

I’m so thankful that I found the Gospel when I did. I think it’s been life-saving for me to know that after this life we have somewhere to go. There’s a plan.

Y’all families are eternal. I promise there is a wonderful Celestial Kingdom waiting for you. Let me share this quote from The Family: A Proclamation to The World, “THE FAMILY is ordained of God.”

We also read in Matthew 16:19: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”

Basically, what I’m saying and what God is saying is that families are eternal. Don’t ever lose hope. There are blessings in store that we cannot fathom and we may experience them with our eternal family. I am forever thankful for that gift and knowledge.

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