I was in Salt Lake City a few days ago and I visited the Church Distribution Center. I was pleased to see that The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball was still sold there, and it was either the only doctrinal work promoted by Church Distribution or one of very few. Six years ago I wrote A Controversial Book That Should Not Be Controversial. It has always surprised me that so many saints hate this book. I love it. Next to the scriptures themselves I consider it to be the most important book written in this dispensation. It changed my life forever, and without it I could never have repented sufficiently to obtain the Melchizedek priesthood, my first temple recommend, and my temple marriage to Esperanza thirty-five years ago. Highly recommended.
I just returned from a week in Salt Lake City and Provo. My wife’s nephew passed away at the age of forty-four, and we attended the funeral. I cannot remember when I felt more spiritually fed. The Spirit was strong, and we were comforted. It was not a secular funeral. It was a gospel funeral, a Church meeting. Mormon funerals are filled with hope, and a genuine testimony that the life after this one is real. Over the last fifty years I have noticed that because the saints have such a strong faith in the teachings of their church, and are not just going through the motions, their funerals are very different from others.