Since I was a teenager, I would always work with my mother is searching out our family history. I really enjoyed the time I spent going through records and such. I also spent some time volunteering helping other get started in finding their own ancestors. I even had the opportunity to teach classes on researching family history to various congregations throughout Northern Japan. With recent times, I have been distracted with work, impending wedding and university. As a consequence, my research has laid dormant. But a couple of weeks ago, I was talking with my grandfather about family history in the war. He produced a family line that was in a book that he found at a shop which led me to think about starting things again. So I jumped on.
My paternal line hasn't been researched in a while, so I though I'd go down that direction. Within a week, I had found about 12 people on my direct line. It's quite satisfying. But in my research, as always is the case, I find many children who don't live past a couple of years. Many families will have a dozen kids with not many surviving. I'm not a parent, but I would imagine that would be an extremely difficult thing to cope with. Especially if only four of your ten children live to adulthood. Even though these incidences happened over 100 years ago, it doesn't diminish anything. Out Heavenly Father's plan for us extends though all generations of time.
In 1 Corinthians 15, there is a lot said about life now and beyond, but one of my favourite passages is
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22
Everyone can pass out of this life very easily, but the wonderful news is that everyone through Christ "shall be made alive". Sometimes we wonder why small children are afflicted with disease and die young, why some fathers die with small children still to provide for. It is heartbreaking to see this happen to other and even more so in your own family. Why does it happen? I don't know. Why does God let it happen? I don't know. But I do know that there is a plan. I don't have full view of the plan. And to be honest, sometimes it can be had to take.
I have found solace the the words of this hymn.
When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I've completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.O My Father - Hymns #292