Saturday, November 21, 2015

Joyful Good-bye

Sister Hill

        This picture stood outside the doors to the Chapel in Accra, Ghana, where the memorial service was held just a week ago for Sister Raelene Hill, wife of President Norman Hill of the Ghana Accra West Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is young men and women like these in this depiction of missionary life that were so loved by Sister Hill. She also had left her home to go into the world and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

President Hill
        President Hill used this time to give messages to his missionaries that this was the beginning not the end. He reminded them that Sister Hill's message was "You can do hard things". He continued saying that she believed that when we came into this life it was as if you bought a ticket for a ride and that ride would have its twists and turns and its ups and downs. It might not be how or where we wanted the ride to take us or how we wanted it to be but it was taking us to brighter things. 
Choir of Missionaries singing a medley of songs, ending with How Great Thou Art in Twi

        Services for her are being held today in Ogden, Utah. There will be her earthly resting place but not her final resting place. It is the testimony that we share that this earth life is our time to prepare to return to our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

William Wordsworth penned these words that were published in 1807:

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:

The Angel Moroni atop the Ghana Accra Temple.
           We do believe that we did come from God who was our home and after this life we do return to that same God our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. As wonderful as that is we who are members of the LDS Church further believe that through the Restored Gospel, as first proclaimed through the Prophet Joseph Smith, families can be sealed together for eternity in Temples like this one in Accra. Sister Hill has simply gone to rejoice with family and friends that proceeded her and to wait for her loved ones that she has left behind for a time. 
Not many obrunis have African drummers that offer to come and pay tribute.

The Ghana Accra West Mission

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