Don't you hate it when you know something is somewhere, but you can't remember where? I've had this little poem for years and years, but when I needed it recently it was gone - at least from where I thought I put it.
I finally found it again tonight, so here it is.
There are remarkable similarities between birth and death. Elder Bruce R. McConkie (LDS Church leader) said:
"We know that tis great plan of progression called for birth, which would provide a motral tabernacle for our eternal spirits, and for a death which would free those spirits from the frailties, diseases, and weaknesses of mortality."
The words birth an ddeath both describe movement. Birth describes our movement from the spirit world to mortality. Death describes our movement from mortality to the spirit world. With each movement we terminate our existence in one place and initiate our existence in another.
When God sends forth a tiny soul
To learn the ways of earth,
A mother's love is waiting here --
We call this wonder -- birth
When God calls home a tired soul
And stills a fleeting breath,
A Father's love is waiting there
This too is birth -- not death.
From: The Journey beyond Life Vol. One by Michele R. Sorenson and Dr. David R. WillmoreFamily Affair Books, Orem, UT