I give as my opinion this: Those who tragically died in this terrible disaster
are in a much better place, cared for by God and His angels. We, who are left
on the earth to mourn the passing of friends and loved ones, are those who
continue to struggle with the trials and tribulations of life. However, we can
also enjoy the greatest blessings of mortal life by humbling ourselves, seeking
the blessing and comfort of others and by doing what we can to help. I believe that God lives because I talk to Him daily and He replies. I
meditate and listen for His will, and He answers me to do things I might not
have the courage to otherwise do. When I do them I am blessed, and my courage
to help others grows. I served a mission (Bolivia '81-'83) and it was
the hardest, yet most rewarding experience to that point of my life. This young
man is truly a credit to our faith, and demonstrates that he has been taught
well to endure and serve. I applaud he and his family.
I think providence is a wonderful gift when the Mission President is an
orthopedic surgeon, and is monitoring the continued recovery of this fine Elder.
Continued speedy recovery, Elder Ward!! And to the other fellow
injured passengers as well.
Chris B,Yet you do believe in supernatural power, as you believe in
God as you have stated. Do you now speak for Him?I mean nothing rude
by it. I enjoy many of your posts. I just don't understand how someone can
believe in God, yet believe God wouldn't do certain things. Unless you know
Him yourself, you certainly wouldn't know His reasons for doing things.
Without those, you couldn't possibly know whether He would cause any of
this in the first place. Further more, He very well could have allowed the crash
by allowing His children to be responsible for their own actions, while also
protecting this young man for a specific purpose.Death isn't
nearly as unfair or tragic to those who truly do believe in God. It doesn't
mean it's welcomed, but God clearly allows pain to exist, otherwise it
wouldn't. I also know He has an interest in our happiness. I hope you
believe this, for your own sake at least. By these we can know of the
possibility. All things are possible with God. Doubt helps no-one. We are to act
by faith, not doubt.
Years ago, the first missionary I met was admitted to the hospital where I was a
student nurse, almost ready to graduate. He was sent home, but before he left
he gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and a reading assignment. He arranged
for 2 other missionaries to teach me and I was baptized 2 months later.
I'm so grateful for dedicated missionaries!
While I am glad this young man was not killed, I do not believe any supernatural
powers had anything to do with that.Why?Because
similarly I do not believe supernatural power caused the deaths of those who