She was 98 and I loved her. My earliest memories of her include perfectly manicured hair, those grandma glasses, dresses with lacy collars and the best yellow apples I have EVER eaten. Her and grandpa lived in Manti only yards from that beautiful temple, and when we visited her house I was always excited to sneak a glimpse of the portal toilet they kept next to the guest bed. She was born amongst horse and buggies and probably died with her 4G smart phone next to her bed. THAT is amazing. SHE is amazing. What a life and what a legacy.
As we sat awaiting the family prayer, I was overcome with a feeling that I have never had at a funeral before. I have experienced the peace that attends the passing of a family member or friend, but today I was invigorated. After Uncle Leon finished the prayer, I was nearly moved to a audible cheer as I was overcome with the feeling of victory and confidence; victory for a life so gracefully lived and confidence in the promise of eternal life.
The service was touching, sweet, and full of the Spirit of the Lord. It was an honor to learn more about my sweet grandmother and visit with family that I have not seen in years, but even more wonderful was the reassurance that she lives on. I was moved to tears not because of sadness, but because of joy. Though not as many as I would have liked, I love that I have the memories that I do with my wonderful grandmother. I love the promise of eternal life in which I will sit with her again and make even more memories. I love the picture of her standing with my valiant great grandfather once again reuniting with her family and friends. I love the promises of the Restored Gospel.
"And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father." (Enos 1:27)I love what I know.