I have picked up hitchhikers since I was a teenager and I keep $40 in fives in my wallet for the homeless, I don't give all the time because some of them I recognize as regulars but if they have a dog with them I always give just can turn down those with dogs.
I am fully expecting my beloved dogs who have passed on to be waiting for me with tails a'wagging when I cross over. If you listen carefully in the temple, you will also hear about God's divine plan for our animals.
Beautiful, painful, understandable, helpful, and necessarily important for believers and others.
I have had dogs, cats, mice, birds, frogs, turtles, ants, fish, and hamsters share my sphere. People I know keep horses, pigs, opossums, monkeys, snakes, and chickens. Each of these animals serve as pets and/or food in various human cultures around the world. Humans sometimes serve as food for animals, (including worms.) Will we all live together as companions once again? No more surf and turf?
Mariah, I was very touched by your Nov. 21st article on "Where Does the Dog I Lost Fit Into the Plan of Salvation?" I am sorry about the loss of your dog Scout. My wife and I recently lost our dog Pepper, but had 18 wonderful joyous years of companionship with her. We have had similar feelings and questions that you expressed in your article. We take comfort that there is a Plan of Salvation, and although we don't know all the answers of eternity, we know that we have a kind and wise Heavenly Father who will make all things right, including our dogs.
Thank you for this comforting article. My sweet dog is getting elderly. I had a most interesting experience a few years ago. I rescued a beautiful Steller Jay who was injured and hiding in the shrubs in our yard. It was late in the day so I put her in a large box and took her in the house. My plan was to take her to a bird rehab center in Ogden the next morning. I checked on her several times. The last time, as I opened the box I could see she had died but the most amazing thing happened. As I looked at her lifeless body I "felt" her spirit fly past me. It was beautiful to experience that sensation. I am grateful to have been allowed to feel her leaving.
This beautiful article made me cry. Our family adopted an older Maine Coon cat years ago named Hermione Granger, and she was the delight of our lives--the most gentle, patient, dog-like little soul. Two summers ago I herniated a disc in my neck and was in such agonizing pain I couldn't sleep. One night I was writhing in bed, sobbing and praying for the Lord to just help me find rest in the midst of searing pain when I felt Hermione's little footfalls on my comforter and felt her lay down in the crook of my arm and nestle against my body. I thought to myself, "Hermione's here--I can sleep now," and fell into a restful sleep for the first time in a long while. Hermione had been dead for over a year--we'd lost her two Christmases before. I knew Heavenly Father had sent her to me when no other comfort was in reach. I have absolute confidence that our beloved furry companions will greet us in the next life and we'll have a loving friendship that exceeds even the joys in this life. Hugs to you and your family.
For some reason this week has been especially difficult regarding the own traumatic and unexpected passing of my doggies a few years ago. I couldn't eat eat or sleep for days after they we're gone. It is true grief. This article was so timely and I'm so thankful for these small moments in our life where we see evidences of our heartaches being known to our Heavenly Father. I wanted to share with you a speech given by Elder Marlin K Jensen where he talks about having our pets with us after this life. Thank you for your sweet and comforting words that were so needed and timely.
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