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2005 February 11
OPENING REMARKS BY BISHOP DAVID
Neighbors, The Pinkerton Family, Brothers and Sisters,
We are all brothers and sisters literally. It is not just a figure of speech. We are offspring of God. We are all spiritual sons and daughters of God. Genesis Chapter 6 refers to men as sons of God who is Heavenly Father. We are the offspring of God. (Acts 17: 28-29.)
When all men and women are born into mortality, they receive physical, mortal bodies. These bodies were created in God’s image (Genesis 1: 26-27).
There is a time of sorrow; there is a time of joy and celebration. This beautiful setting is for both. When loved ones die, they pass the gate of death to the next world. We miss them. We love them. We can learn from them. As we learn the best from their example, we honor them.
That which is good is of God, said Mormon. (Moroni. 7: 13) “But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.”
President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency in October 2004, said “We have much reason to hope. Joy can be ours if we are willing to sacrifice all for the Lord. Then we can look forward to the infinitely priceless possibility of overcoming all the challenges of this life.”
I agree with President Faust. There is reason to hope. The good people and beauty of this world testify that there is a God. He has sent His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ lives. He has restored the fullness of His gospel. The life of Sister Bette Jo Pinkerton has influenced us for good.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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