Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Faith Filled Father

My dad called all of the family together for his last hurrah!.  We called it his "King Benjamin" moment from the Book of Mormon.  Dad talked about when he dies how to "Split the loot."  He has a program set up with how he wants this done.  He shared a Mosiah scripture with us from King Benjamin that says let there be no contentions among you. Told us to all get along and not hold grudges, be proud of each other and build each other up....  just love one another.    Marry well...find someone to love more than you love yourself.   "Sheri was the spark and the light of my life. "  
Dad bore his testimony of his Savior, Jesus Christ.  Told how he got his testimony of the Book of Mormon while in the army during the Korean War.  
Dad talked about his funeral plans...having all of us kids speak and Adam sing, "Going Home." This is a song that was sung at his father's funeral in 1948.  Adam got out his guitar and practiced this song on all of us and it was a beautiful bawl fest.  

Going home, going home,
I'm just going home.
Quiet-like, slip away?
I'll be going home.
It's not far, just close by;
Jesus is the Door;
Work all done, laid aside,
Fear and grief no more.
Friends are there, waiting now.
He is waiting, too.

See His smile! See His hand!
He will lead me through.

Morning Star lights the way;
Restless dream all done;
Shadows gone, break of day,
Life has just begun.
Every tear wiped away,
Pain and sickness gone;
Wide awake there with Him!
Peace goes on and on!
Going home, going home,
I'll be going home.
See the Light! See the Sun!
I'm just going home

Adam changed the words to say, "Sheri's there, waiting there....  Mom and father too..."  

A few days before this Dad gave each of his children a final Father's blessing.  He can't stand up much with out a lot of help, so Me, Adam, Liz, and Angela all sat on the floor by his feet while he gave us one last blessing.  It was a sacred time. At the end, he asked Al if she would like one. She agreed.   Dad said it was a privilege to call Allison one of his own. 

I'm just feeling so blessed to have such a faith filled father.    He has one foot on earth and one foot in heaven.

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