Friday, February 4, 2011

Lester Glade Funeral, Part 10

Elder Spencer W. Kimball's address continued from here...

In the Beatitudes the Lord says, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."  [1] No one will ever see God unless he is pure in heart, no one. Let us read just another line or two here:
They are they who into whose hands the Father has given all things. They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fullness and of his glory and are priests of the most high after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the only begotten Son. Wherefore, as it is written they are God's, even the sons of God. Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death or things present or things to come, all are theirs, and they are Christ's and Christ is God's and they shall overcome all things." [2]
And so the Lord has made us great promises. He has sent us here for special purposes, to give us a body, even the infant gets its body. But we have another purpose in life and that is to grow up to maturity if that is permitted to us, and then to perfect ourselves until we can become as God and eventually become God, for as man is God once was, and as God is man may become.

And so I am greatful [sic] for these occasions, they must come, death is inevitable, death is desireable, death is adorable. We would never want to live without death, it would frustrate the whole scheme of life. We're never quite prepared for it of course, never quite ready. We would continue on and on and on but death is a great release, death is the beginning of a great life and so we do not mourn unduly but we understand the program and we know that this is just a part of the great plan of life and exaltation. And so we are glad for our loved ones when the proper time comes for them to go on in their perfection toward Godhood and to build the kingdom.

Oh I pray that the Lord will bless these good people who are mourning at this time, it's right to mourn but not too much. That their lives will be filled, that the influence of Brother Glade will continue to hover about and inspire them to greater deeds and to a greater degree of perfection, I pray this. I pray that it will extend to all of us, that our very presence here today with the sweet music and the sweet influence may bring us closer to our Heavenly Father and give us a greater determination that that perfection, that holiness, that sanctification, will be a reality in our lives when we have reached this point Brother Glade has reached today. May he bless us all I pray, in the name of Jesus Christ . . . . . Amen:

To be continued...

[1] Matthew 5:8.
[2] Doctrine and Covenants 76:55-60.

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