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Living by the scriptures

Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection — Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.

And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.

Alma 40:11-12

After our mother's long battle with Alzheimer's, we gathered in her hospital room and witnessed her final breath on this earth. It was a bitter-sweet moment as we wished her spirit farewell and kissed her softly goodbye. Mom had not spoken nor could she identify her husband and grown children for almost six years, but as we stood beside her bed we watched her move her eyes around the room and rest upon each and everyone of us. Tears coursed down her beautiful cheeks and then she was gone. One could not help but feel the spirit of our Heavenly Father in the room and know Mom had completed the earthly portion of the marvelous Plan of Salvation we accepted in our premortal life.

Mom was no ordinary woman to the family who loved her. She always tried to follow the Savior in all His teachings. What comfort we received at that moment to know that she would return home to Heavenly parents.

Upon returning home from Wyoming where Mom was buried, I was feeling a bit of sadness. With Alzheimer's I knew Mom would eventually pass away, but the impact of it finally hit me. The Lord must have known that I needed comfort and assurance. A knock came to my door. There stood our home teacher and the missionary he was on splits with. I shared with them my experience and my sorrow. God's love for me was felt when this young elder read this scripture to me. What a comfort this brought to my soul and a soothing balm for my heart. A pure assurance of our Savior's sacrifice.

— Anita M. Goldsberry, Sugar Creek, Mo.

"Living by the Scriptures" is another in a series of Church News reader response articles. Was there a time when a particular scripture touched you, when it offered comfort, guidance and much-needed support? If so, please describe your experience in 250-300 words, giving the scripture reference and telling how it affected you. Send your submission to Church News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110. Fax No. (801) 237-2524. Internet E-mail:

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