Death

May 18, 2021 01:09 PM MDT
My grandma, Mom-el, loved funerals so much that we used to give her a hard time about browsing the obituaries for her next social engagement. It was a joke and something I honestly didn’t understand then, but over five years after her own passing, I think I’m starting to realize why my Mom-el loved funerals so much. When someone we love is gone, we can find joy in remembering the best things about them. Certainly, there are cases that require healing, but little annoyances are cast aside after someone has passed and all we seem to remember are the things we loved about them. I have found that I especially love going to a funeral for someone I admired but didn’t know incredibly well. Such was the case two weeks ago as I attended the memorial service for Ann Crane Santini.
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April 29, 2021 05:35 PM MDT
“Through adversity and the darkness that we sometimes experience in life’s journey there is always a light that is available. Our Saviour Jesus Christ is that light.”
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April 21, 2021 07:53 PM MDT
Jennie Taylor has known plenty of heartache in her life. As a 10-year-old, she lost her father to suicide. Years later, when she was married with four children, her teenage brother-in-law also committed suicide. And during her husband Brent’s fourth deployment as a soldier in 2018, she found out he’d been killed in action.
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October 16, 2020 05:41 PM MDT
An ongoing series by The New York Times called “Those We’ve Lost” highlights people who have died due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these obituaries celebrates the life of Gary Pettus—former president of the Birmingham Alabama Temple and convert to the Church at age 27.
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September 12, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
Heidi Swinton was a young journalist with big dreams when she felt led to start a family, but five years passed and she and her husband still had no children.
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January 03, 2020 05:00 AM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in September 2017.
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November 24, 2019 10:08 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Ed J. Pinegar's book, The Little Book of Gratitude.
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October 29, 2019 08:34 AM MDT
This is the second in a series of articles from Sister Wendy Watson Nelson's new book, The Heavens Are Open. Read the first part here.
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By  LDS Living
October 22, 2019 02:34 PM MDT
On October 22, 2019, Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff made the following statement about the passing of a young missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
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September 19, 2019 12:37 PM MDT
A young elder who died Sept. 17 following a car accident days earlier in western Canada is being remembered as a “missionary of faith” who lifted many with his humor and devotion to sharing the gospel.
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By  LDS Living
September 14, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
As Latter-day Saints, we know that death isn't the end. But do we know what awaits us after this life? Learn more about the spirit world and what happens after we die with this compilation of thought-provoking books, talks, and articles.
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September 09, 2019 07:54 PM MDT
Taniela A. Langi passed away in Tonga on 5 September.
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September 04, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff shared with journalists Wednesday this statement about the death of one of the faith’s 399 mission presidents:
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August 21, 2019 01:28 PM MDT
In 2002 while working as a reporter for the Church News, I spoke to a woman from Maryville, Tennessee, named Lola Reid.
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By  LDS Living
August 09, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Grief is part of our life here on earth and can come from a variety of sources. However, that doesn't make it any easier. We all want to help our friends and family who are grieving, but sometimes it's hard to know how to help. Each person's grief is as unique and personal as their life, but we've compiled a few suggestions that we hope can help you as you comfort the ones you love.
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By  Emily Abel
August 08, 2019 04:00 PM MDT
The tragic death of Latter-day Saint YouTube sensation Grant Thompson has been reported by major news outlets including The New York Times, CNN, BuzzFeed News, The Washington Post, and more. With 11 million subscribers and billions of views on his videos, it is no surprise that Grant’s unexpected death has caused a stir. As these reporters review the highlights of his life, however, many are failing to mention what Grant may have considered his greatest accomplishment: his role as a husband and father in the gospel.
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August 05, 2019 10:38 PM MDT
In the face of tragedy, President Hinckley “took the grieving family members in his warm embrace and wept with them.” Learn how his loving response led to the conversion of one woman and impacted a community by clicking the link below.
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August 03, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
My grandma is dying, and I’ve visited her almost every day this week. I thought the difference between living and dying would be more like a light switch: you’re either on or off; you’re there or you’re not. But my grandma has been like a dimmer, and every time I see her she’s a little bit less alive and less there than she was the day before.
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By  LDS Living
August 01, 2019 06:53 PM MDT
What is immortality? What happens to our bodies and spirits after we die? What is the purpose of our life and death? Learn answers to these and more questions in this recent Church video.
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Like birth, death is a necessary and essential part of the plan of salvation (see Moses 6:59–62)—which Jacob and Alma both called the “great plan of happiness” (2 Nephi 9:6; Alma 42:8). Facing death can be one of the most fearful experiences of mortality. For the righteous, though, death can be sweet and need not be feared (see Alma 27:28). Indeed, the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that “those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them” (Doctrine and Covenants 42:46). On the other hand, for people who die not in Christ, death can be a bitter experience (see Doctrine and Covenants 42:47), and the thought of an approaching death can create foreboding, trepidation, and fear. Dreams regarding death can serve as a powerful reminder that this life is the time for us to prepare to meet God (see Alma 12:24; 34:32). . . .
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By  LDS Living
July 19, 2019 01:10 PM MDT
The Lubian family faced an impossible decision. The doctor's wanted to know if the Lubians wanted to pursue a third liver transplant for their only son, who had spent years in and out of hospitals with little success, or if they wanted to let things run their course. "They asked us to make the hardest decision a parent can face," Sister Lubian says in a Church video. The Lubians knew they could not make this decision alone, so they hurried to the temple where they sought an answer from their Heavenly Father:
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By  LDS Living
June 26, 2019 01:40 PM MDT
When Leslie entered the temple, she expected an answer.
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June 21, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Sometimes the Lord directs us to places where we never thought we would go. Discover how two women's trust in the Lord strengthened them to accomplish God's surprising will.
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May 24, 2019 04:16 PM MDT
“They killed him on a ruck march?” I heard myself say, almost as if I weren’t the one speaking.
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May 16, 2019 09:07 AM MDT
“I feel like I am constantly living in an alternate universe.”
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April 25, 2019 02:19 PM MDT
Celebrated opera soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick not only stunned audiences with her awe-inspiring voice, she also motivated thousands to live truer, fuller, more intentional lives. On April 24, Tillemann-Dick passed away at 35 years old. On her Facebook page, her loved ones posted:
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By  LDS Living
March 28, 2019 06:18 PM MDT
"I invite you to watch this video of the experience I once shared about how the Christlike love of a friend helped one man overcome overwhelming grief in the wake of the death of his son," Elder Holland shared on Facebook.
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March 04, 2019 11:46 AM MST
Elder Ulisses Soares knows the timing of his recent travels was no coincidence.
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March 01, 2019 06:49 PM MST
Less than three weeks after a missionary unexpectedly passed away after collapsing during a soccer game with peers, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with the missionary’s parents in their Sao Paulo, Brazil, ward meetinghouse and in their home to console them in their grief.
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February 26, 2019 02:02 PM MST
The following was originally published in LDS Living magazine in February 2015. This month marks the five-year anniversary of when Jensen Parrish lost her mother, father, and two brothers while serving her mission. We are republishing this article to commemorate their lives and to reflect on the powerful lesson's Jensen shared following her sudden loss.
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February 26, 2019 01:58 PM MST
Don LeFevre, a frequently quoted former spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, surrounded by his children. He was 85 years old.
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By  LDS Living
February 08, 2019 05:57 PM MST
In less than one week, over a million people had heard Dakota Nelson's touching story. After Nelson's wife, Ream, suddenly collapsed in July and later passed away, Nelson's community rallied around him, giving a Secret Santa surprise that amounted to $10,000. Nelson's touching reaction to the gift went viral, helping spread the message of kindess and giving during the holiday season.
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By  LDS Living
January 29, 2019 03:03 PM MST
On January 29, 2019, Church spokesperson Daniel Woodruff gave the following statement:
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January 28, 2019 09:26 PM MST
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has changed its guidelines regarding burying deceased endowed women, allowing the option of veiling their faces prior to burial.
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January 28, 2019 11:46 AM MST
Elder William R. Bradford, emeritus General Authority Seventy, former president of the Houston Texas Temple and the Chile Santiago and Chile Santiago South missions, died on Jan. 24, 2019, in Bountiful, Utah. He was 85.
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By  LDS Living
January 22, 2019 04:11 PM MST
"We know we will see him again someday and that families are forever," the Stokoe family said in a statement after David Stokoe's body was found hidden in an apartment he owned.
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By  LDS Living
January 19, 2019 04:54 PM MST
On September 23, 2015, Bre Lasley was in her bedroom when a complete stranger climbed through her window and attempted to murder her. For six minutes, Lasley and her younger sister, Kayli, fought their attacker before a police officer arrived and shot her attacker, killing him.
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By  LDS Living
January 10, 2019 12:54 PM MST
In October 2018, the four original Osmond brothers—Alan, Jay, Merrill, and Wayne—came together with Marie at an interfaith devotional in Hawaii. This event came in the midst of a series of health crises the Osmond family has experienced this past year, which Marie spoke to People about.
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December 28, 2018 01:20 PM MST
While traveling from Maine to Illinois in 1838, President Wilford Woodruff experienced many hardships, including the death of his wife.
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December 11, 2018 01:34 PM MST
Troy Osmond, Marie and Donny Osmond's 33-year-old nephew, passed away in his sleep at his parents' home in Utah on Nov. 9.
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December 11, 2018 01:17 PM MST
As my father’s colon cancer was killing him during the 1994 Christmas season, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles unexpectedly visited my parents’ home in Bountiful, Utah, and gave him a blessing before he died.
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December 10, 2018 04:48 PM MST
When I received the news that my brother, Sergio, had died, I was in my room studying and Mom was reading emails he had written us just the day before. He told us that he was happy to be serving a mission in Chiclayo, Peru, and to be a representative of Jesus Christ. He told us of his love with so much enthusiasm that our smiles were inevitable.
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By  LDS Living
November 27, 2018 02:11 PM MST
Daniel Woodruff, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement on November 27, 2018:
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November 26, 2018 01:29 PM MST
While attending the Church of England’s signature Christmas service, Elder Holland shared a message about the hope and comfort Christ's birth brought him after his father passed away on Christmas.
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November 24, 2018 04:00 PM MST
Job posed the question of the ages when he asked: “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14).
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Fun
By  LDS Living
November 16, 2018 02:17 PM MST
The Mormon Channel recently released a gorgeous rendition of BYU Noteworthy's “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” The song accompanies a heartbreakingly beautiful video depicting a strained mother-daughter relationship as the two cope with the loss of their husband and father.
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November 15, 2018 01:19 PM MST
Maj. Brent Taylor has returned to Utah.
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By  LDS Living
November 09, 2018 07:10 PM MST
A missionary serving in the Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan West Mission passed away suddenly Thursday evening.
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November 08, 2018 05:53 PM MST
Elder Hartman Rector Jr., convert to the Church, emeritus General Authority Seventy, and former member of the Presidency of the Seventy, passed away on Nov. 6, 2018, in Orem, Utah. He was 94.
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November 07, 2018 01:02 PM MST
"The price of freedom surely feels incredibly high to all those of us who know and love our individual soldier," Jennie Taylor said. "But the value of freedom is immeasurable to all those who know and love America and all that she represents."
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November 05, 2018 11:41 AM MST
At a news conference at the Utah National Guard headquarters outside Salt Lake City, Gov. Gary R. Herbert said he knew Major Taylor personally, calling him “the personification of love of God, family, and country.”
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By  LDS Living
November 05, 2018 11:41 AM MST
Major Brent Taylor, who was killed in an insider attack Saturday in Kabul, was "the personification of love of God, family, and country," Gov. Gary Herbert said. The Taylor family released a statement Sunday through Jennie Taylor's sister, Kristy Pack, expressing appreciation "for the outpouring of love and support during this unspeakably difficult time," according to the Deseret News.
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October 27, 2018 02:48 PM MDT
One day I was visiting with a faithful couple who had tried for several years to conceive a child but who had been unsuccessful. Over those years, they had spent countless hours together with doctors and in prayer. They had already been given many blessings, but they asked if I would be willing to assist in giving the wife another. I felt impressed to fulfill that request.
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October 26, 2018 12:33 PM MDT
“They're two angels and they're going to be together in heaven I know it," Michael Cox said after losing both his children in a car crash.
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October 25, 2018 12:13 PM MDT
What a fascinating article from Atlas Obscura, which remembers one of the many Latter-day Saints who lost their lives on their journey to a new home.
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October 18, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Throughout his service in the Church, President Nelson has provided profound insight into death, loss, and the life awaiting us in eternity. Here is a small portion of those insights, excerpted from the new book Teachings of Russell M. Nelson.
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October 09, 2018 11:56 AM MDT
Funeral services were held Monday, October 8, 2018, in Salt Lake City for Sister Barbara Bowen Ballard, wife of  President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the  Quorum of the Twelve Apostles  of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sister Ballard died at home at the age of 86, Monday, October 1, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and other health issues.
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October 07, 2018 03:05 PM MDT
When President M. Russell Ballard stepped up to the pulpit on Sunday morning, he revealed that the talk he would proceed to give was prepared before his wife’s passing on October 1, 2018, after battling many health problems, including Alzheimer's.
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By  Yvonne Liu
September 15, 2018 04:09 PM MDT
It is a shame to say that I do not have many memories with my grandpa. Since the time I can remember, he had always been confined to a bed because of his multiple health problems. Being one of the youngest children in my family, I did not experience those times when Grandpa was young and healthy.
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