My grandpa's final lesson to me
By josh
1/6/2007 1:11:11 AM
There's no way I could sum up the last few days, even briefly, so I won't even try. Let me just say that my grandpa, a very loved and respected patriarch of our family, passed away on December 29th. While in the hospital the day before his death I was given the opportunity of anointing him prior to my uncle giving him a blessing. I won't go into details, but it was one of the most sacred experiences of my life. It was such an honor to do that for my grandpa. My father died when I was young and my grandpa ordained me to every level of the priesthood I have held - he baptized and confirmed me. He was always there for me. He had three sons, and as I stood next to my two uncles I couldn't help feeling like I was standing in for my father, and that all three of my grandpa's sons were there.

In this setting, I don't really mean to go over my grandpa's whole story, I just simply wanted to make a point relative to the theme of this site. Throughout my life I have had issues with priesthood blessings. I have just never felt quite worthy to participate. Not only was it one of the greatest honors of my life to be able to anoint my grandpa, to do it with a clear conscience was an indescribable experience for me. That experience reminded me of why it is so important to be a worthy priesthood holder. I can't imagine having missed out on that experience or feeling guilt about it had I not been worthy.

If there is one thing that I am continually taught as I grow older and as my family grows it is that my life is about so much more than just me. My actions, my choices, and who I choose to be affect so many others. I rejoice in being worthy to participate in the blessing of my grandpa. You never know when you will be called upon to give a blessing or perform some other act of service for them. My grandpa was a living example to me of the importance of having a clean inner vessel so that you could truly love and serve others. I'll miss him greatly, but the thought of a future reunion with him, my father, and my brother who also passed away brings me peace. I pray that when that time comes that I will find myself worthy to be joined together with them in eternal family relationships. I look forward to it. And for now, it will remind me of what is truly important in life - how important it is to live my life today to make that, and so many other wonderful experiences, possible.


I'm sorry for your loss    
"I know how hard it is to lose a grandparent who is such a close friend. But how great it must have been for you to be able to worthily bless him. I look forward to the day when I am able to once again exercise the priesthood to bless my family. It's so hard to not be able to do that..."
posted at 09:04:40 on January 6, 2007 by derek

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