He is Risen! He is Risen!
I absolutely love Easter season because of Him. Christ, our Savior, bled and died for us and was resurrected so that we, too, can live again. Because of Him, so many good things can happen in our lives.
Because of Him, we can be resurrected and reunited with our loved ones in the eternities. We can be sealed together for all time and eternity and always be a family. This poignant part of the great plan has been at the forefront of my mind this Easter weekend because my sister-in-law, the baby of my husband’s family, got married.
We went to Idaho with Justin’s family to witness this joyous occasion. We were able to attend the temple with Jenny, her fiance, Kendell Marquiss, and the rest of the Morrell and Marquiss clan the night before the wedding. It was such a special experience to see the last of the Morrell’s go through the temple for the first time. (My siblings are all still too young to attend the temple.)
The next morning was their wedding, to again, take place within the temple. As Mormons, we believe that if you get married within the temple, you can be sealed to your spouse for all time and eternity, so it was a special occasion. Sadly, that means little kids and relative/friends not members of the Church can’t witness the ceremony. But, what was very special for my Mother and Father-in-law, and very neat for me to witness, was that all the Morrell children and their spouses were able to attend and witness the youngest join the ranks of being eternally married to her love.
Again, this could only happen because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. Because of that resurrection, we will be together as families forever.
|Mother and Father-in-law, and all of the Morrell children.
But, it’s not a free ride. We have to work towards being together again in the highest degree of glory after death. My mother-in-law was inspired by President Ezra Taft Benson who was the Prophet of the LDS church in the 80s: “As parents and grandparents in Zion, it has been the shared hope of my wife and me that all of us will be together in the eternities—that all will be worthy, without a single empty chair.”
Since that talk, my mother-in-law has had little chairs made to represent each member of the Morrell family to place on her mantel. Each time a child is married or a grandbaby is born, a new chair is put up to represent them in hopes that each new Morrell will keep their covenants so that we can all be together in heaven.
I absolutely love this idea. When Justin and I got married in August 2012, I was presented with a chair that day. I was able to hold it and know I was accepted into the Morrell family. (Of course, my mother-in-law took it home with her to put on her mantel, but it’s the symbolism that counts). It was really neat to see Kendell, the newest “Morrell” (even though Jenny will take his name) receive his chair as well. And to know that the next one to receive a chair will be Justin and my son, Rhys.
Because of Him, I can have an eternal family, both my Christiansen family with my own parents and siblings, as well as my new Morrell family. I can be with them during life and after death. Time has no meaning, family has no end Because of Him.
So once again, Kendell and Jenny, congratulations!