1. Howard

    Excellent post. The restored gospel is true and offers much but the monk is right embracing death frees us from the fear of death. What is the sting of death? In my view it is the loss of five of our six senses sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste and the rich stimulation and entertainment they bring leaving us to “sleep” with only telepathy to communicate with the divine until the resurrection.

  2. At sixteen, I lost my father to death. Previously, I had lost my half-brother and my grandfather. I had to come to terms with death quite early on in my life. For me, though I miss them, the perspective provided in the restored gospel and the ordinances of the temple provide a complete peace in these matters. In fact, it was odd to me that so many friends and acquaintances would say, “I’m sorry to hear about your father”. What is there to be sorry about? I know that he is busy working in the world of the spirits, and that this time here is my opportunity to merit the blessings he’s gained and yet to gain.

  3. picardy4th

    You said that Bloom said:

    Of all religions that I know, the one that most vehemently and persuasively defies and denies the reality of death is the original Mormonism of the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator Joseph Smith.

    It is interesting his word choice: original Mormonism. Is he excluding the Mormonism of today? Were the early saints, Joseph Smith included, more in touch with the doctrine of life-after-death than those today?

  4. Lynn Merrill

    Ask any nurse who has been at the bedside of one dying…or ask any Hospice worker if there
    is life after death. You can’t shut them up….soooo many stories.

  5. Andrew Lacayo

    Harold Bloom’s comment is not true. We don’t deny or defy the reality of death technically speaking. We accept death as part of the plan of salvation, but don’t look at it dreadfully. We know that Christ overcame death, so we shouldn’t be afraid of it. But to say we deny or defy death is completely absurd. We don’t deny it, we accept that all of us must die. What we defy is that death is not forever, it will only last until we are resurrected.

  6. Robert McGregor

    My mother died when I was twelve and it wasn’t until I stopped living where denial and lies live that I could move forward with my life. Her dying with me so young I got an insight to the the rest of my family behaved, they took it out on each other. Death is the end for her, but she lives forward in me and my children. I see so much of her in my daughter and that makes me swell with happiness . We need to transcend the ideals of religion, how can the fear and paranoia of dying be cured by living forever. Maybe we should ask ourselves why we treat this jewel of a planet with contempt because we don’t.

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