My aunt/cousin, Yvonne, who died this weekend, was a lovely woman. Mourning those we love in natural, which Jesus spoke of. "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted," Matthew 5:4. Although she was quite lonely and sad that her sons are dying, she didn't seem quite ready to leave this life. Nevertheless, her heart was weak and God chose her departure date. For sure she is out of pain and will never struggle with an ailing heart again.
We met the crew at Taylor's for lunch once. Plus, She loved visiting the temple open house and our lunch date with Aunt Dean. But our times to visit were too few. My 20/20 hindsight has me regretting a lost opportunity last week for more time with this great lady. "When we see back from the vantage point of the future, we shall be satisfied with many of the happenings of this life which seemed so difficult for us to comprehend,” Spencer W. Kimball.
So now, I'll turn my focus to mourning this sweet lady with the family. When we choose to accept Jesus, we also covenant at baptism. "...as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life..." Mosiah 18:8-9.