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When Words Fail, Hope Lives

I always thought my mom would be at my wedding and my college graduation, that she would be at the hospital when I had my first child. How could my life continue without her in it?

"I testify to you that the Resurrection is not a fable." By Joseph B. Wirthlin.

Since my mom passed away just over two years ago, I have attempted many times to put my thoughts and feelings into words—and I have failed every time. It is simply impossible to describe the shock, the grief, and the vast emptiness in my life where my mom once was. Looking back on the time immediately following her passing, I know I wouldn’t have made it through if I didn’t have something to hope for.

In his general conference talk “Sunday Will Come,” Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin discusses what was arguably the darkest, most devastating day there ever was: the Friday that Jesus Christ was crucified. All those who knew and loved Christ as the Son of God were filled with despair. However, their overwhelming anguish did not last forever; three days later, on Sunday, they learned the glorious truth that Christ had risen. The world would never be the same.

Elder Wirthlin goes on to share that we will all “have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered…when it seems we can never be put together again.” In the days, weeks, and months following my mom’s passing, I had my fair share of proverbial Fridays when it felt as though nothing could ever be right again. 

“But,” Elder Wirthlin continues, “I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.”

Knowing that we all will live again because of Christ does not eliminate the sorrow of death or the depths of grief. But it does give us something to hope for.

Learn more about finding hope through Christ’s Resurrection in Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin’s general conference talk “Sunday Will Come.”

Source: General Conference

—Ashlyn Pells, Latter-day Saint Insights


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Watch this short video, “In A Coming Day,” to discover what impact Jesus Christ’s Resurrection can have in your life.

Read more about healing from the loss of a loved one in President Russell M. Nelson’s general conference talk “Doors of Death.”

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One Comment

  1. Jennifer Mackley

    Beautiful reminder of all our Savior offers Ashlyn! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and being an example of one who is “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.” 1 Peter 3:15.

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