Latter-day Saint Life

Huff Post Shares LDS Beliefs on Heavenly Mother & Life After Death


After the passing of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, an LDS writer decided to share her thoughts on the famous actresses as well as life after death in an article published by the Huffington Post.

"One more possible layer on that cake of future joy: Latter-Day Saints believe that we knew each other and loved each other as siblings before we ever came to earth. We lived in heaven, with our heavenly parents. There’s a Heavenly Mother to go with our Heavenly Father," Mary Bell writes.

Here are a few more highlights from the post:

When we return home to heaven*, we will also understand, at the deepest level, the struggles we all experienced during this mortal test. We will admire and respect each other tremendously for challenges endured, for sacrifices made. There will be tears of compassion and joy. There will be so much gentle laughter. We have always been siblings. The test will be over. We will rejoice with one another. and we can share that renewed love forever.

We toss around the phrase “one big human family” but it’s a serious thing. We’re on earth preparing to return home. We’re here to walk by faith, so most pre-mortal memories of each other are not currently available. But there, we’ll remember again. The love and joy will be off the charts.

All of this leads us to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. I never had one second of contact with either one of them in this life. Except for some mutual Irish/German/French ancestry and a propensity for suddenly breaking into songs from musicals, we have little in common. But the other night I woke up with a tiny stab of emotional pain. In the pre-dawn fuzziness it took me a few beats to recognize the distantly familiar feeling: grief. I had had a dream about Debbie and Carrie and I woke up missing them.

Lead image from the Huffington Post
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