In Elder M Russell Ballard talk, he said, “I feel that judgment for sin is not always as cut-and-dried as some of us seem to think. The Lord said, “Thou shalt not kill.” Does that mean that every person who kills will be condemned, no matter the circumstances? Civil law recognizes that there are gradations in this matter—from accidental manslaughter to self-defense to first-degree murder. I feel that the Lord also recognizes differences in intent and circumstances: Was the person who took his life mentally ill? Was he or she so deeply depressed as to be unbalanced or otherwise emotionally disturbed? Was the suicide a tragic, pitiful call for help that went unheeded too long or progressed faster than the victim intended? Did he or she somehow not understand the seriousness of the act? Was he or she suffering from a chemical imbalance that led to despair and a loss of self-control?
The late Elder Bruce R. McConkie, formerly of the Quorum of the Twelve, expressed what many Church leaders have taught: “Suicide consists in the voluntary and intentional taking of one’s own life, particularly where the person involved is accountable and has a sound mind. … Persons subject to great stresses may lose control of themselves and become mentally clouded to the point that they are no longer accountable for their acts. Such are not to be condemned for taking their own lives. It should also be remembered that judgment is the Lord’s; he knows the thoughts, intents, and abilities of men; and he in his infinite wisdom will make all things right in due course.” (Mormon Doctrine, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966, p. 771; some italics added.)
Kat Kerr an evangelist whose eye witness accounts on this subject supports my church’s teachings says, “Do those who commit suicide go to Hell or do some go to Heaven? The Holy Spirit gave me the answer, and as always it was so simple, most of us missed it! The world’s definition of suicide is: The act or instance of intentionally killing oneself. There is one more viewpoint no one mentions and that is the Father’s opinion! Here is the explanation I was given. God looks at each case separately and if the person ending their life is a Believer, He does not always call it suicide. If the person had lost control of their normal reasoning; either because of physical, emotional or mental trauma; then he calls it ‘ending their suffering’, not committing suicide. In other words, all those individuals would go to Heaven! This by no means gives anyone the right to end their lives, you could never be sure what the Father’s decision would be concerning you. We must choose Life and not things related to Death and then live your life like you actually believe Heaven is watching.
I think these are encouraging messages from people who care, and a subject that needs to be given more hope, rather than despair. Our Father’s opinion is most important on anything, but this is by far one that we all need to remember.
I believe that Heavenly Father created us to thrive financially, spiritually, physically, and so on. But than, why are most of us not thriving in all these areas? It was Henry Ford who said, “It’s well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Are our banks involved in a system that’s sucking the people dry worldwide? What system are they running anyway? Time for people to start asking questions and begin on working the solutions. Time to wake up.
Thrive is an insightful two hour movie documentary for everyone, there is something here for everyone. It uncovers many of our questions about our world economy and how we can help get out of the many financial crisis occurring worldwide. Also, this movie requires an open mind, however, if one is not that open, I encourage to at least consider the solutions which is about thirty minutes at the end. To enjoy, click on link.
If anything has taught me that we are all children of God, it will be from the family Heavenly Father placed me in. Looking at my great great grandparents together, and how different they look from each other, culturally, shows me how God apparently sees his children as one. No matter our differences in color, the amount of money we have or not, the level of education, religion, and or circumstances. We are all His children and I believe He wants to bring his children together because we are all one family under Him.
Even though Mitt and his wife would’ve been great in the white house, I’m personally glad they didn’t. Two years later, I think they are able to make more of a positive and supporting impact on America, and on the upcoming presidential campaigns. The wisdom from experience, and character that millions wished they had, can be seen just by looking and listening to them today. If Mitt’s character was ever pulled into question, this real deal documentary on Mitt might dispel all those preconceived ideas. Must see Mitt via Netflix.