Do those who have passed on into the spirit world ever visit family members left behind?

Posted on June 4, 2007 at 1:00 am

Afterlife

Follow Gramps:

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail
Print Friendly

Gramps,

My daughter believes that her great grandpa is sitting with her on the bus and is telling her that she is doing great in school and will grow up to be a pretty girl. Are there spirits of family members out there that visit?

JoDel, from Leonard, North Dakota

 

Dear JoDel,

The spirit world is right here, where we are. All the spirits that have lived on this earth remain on this earth until after the resurrection. They see us and know what we are doing. However, they have their own business, their own assignments and callings, and their own associations, so I doubt very much that they stand around watching mortals in their activities, much as we do with television

However, that is not to say that they are not vitally concerned for their loved ones that they have left behind, or that they do not watch over them, or even communicate with them from time to time, consistent with the will of our Father in Heaven. The prophet Joseph Smith stated—

“When men are prepared, they are better off to go hence. . . . The spirits of the just are exalted to a greater and more glorious work; hence they are blessed in their departure to the world of spirits. Enveloped in flaming fire, they are not far from us, and know and understand our thoughts, feelings, and motions, and are often pained therewith” (Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Alma P. Burton, p.128).

Now, there is no way for me to know whether your daughter’s grandfather is communicating with her or not. I recognize it as a definite possibility. But I also recognize that many children have vivid imaginations, and sometimes may have some difficulty in differentiating between reality and fancy.

Gramps

Summary
Article Name
Do those who have passed on into the spirit world ever visit family members left behind? - Ask Gramps - Q and A about Mormon Doctrine
Author
Description
My daughter believes that her great grandpa is sitting with her on the bus and is telling her that she is doing great in school and will grow up to be a pretty girl. Are there spirits of family members out there that visit?

Follow Gramps:

How can I make my devotional in Seminary more memorable?

October 31, 2014 6:53 am

Question Dear Gramps, For seminary we have to give a devotional. I was assigned the topic “The Premortal Life” and I want to make my devotional memorable so (more)

What is D&C 13:1 saying?

October 30, 2014 5:29 am

Question Gramps, The scripture found in D&C 13:1 says, 1 Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds (more)

What does it mean to “put away childish things?”

October 29, 2014 6:59 am

Question Dear Gramps, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to “put away childish things”. Is it wrong for an adult to have a “childish” hobby? (more)

When Christ was on the cross, did he forgive only the Romans?

October 28, 2014 5:00 am

Question Dear Gramps, Once I heard a Stake President say that when Christ said on the cross “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” that (more)

Should I continue wearing my temple garments?

October 27, 2014 6:00 am

Question Dear Gramps, I received a mission call and got endowed. During the period between my mission my non LDS boyfriend and I  became sexually active. Moved home (more)

Did we have any say in the circumstances we would be born into?

October 26, 2014 6:00 am

Question Gramps, Did we have any say in what kind of circumstances we would be born into on this Earth in the premortal life? Seems unfair to me (more)

Before becoming a Bishop, is it required to be on a High Council first?

October 25, 2014 6:00 am

Question Gramps, Is a man required to serve on the High Council before he is considered a candidate for the calling of Bishop? I was advised by a (more)

Why were the deaths of the early Apostles so brutal?

October 24, 2014 6:00 am

Question Gramps, I was interested in the life of the remaining Apostles after the death of the Savior.  As I researched their lives I was stunned and shocked (more)

If a man is of a certain tribe, are they automatically called to be a Bishop?

October 22, 2014 9:00 pm

Question Gramps, I heard that it has been stated that some people have been told by their patriarch that they are not of Ephraim or Manasseh but of (more)

Is Mormon underwear magic?

October 22, 2014 5:00 am

Question Gramps, I am not a Mormon, but a Born Again Christian faithfully attending a Protestant church.  I have recently been involved in a study in which we (more)

Why was the purchase of slaves allowed during Biblical times?

October 21, 2014 6:00 am

Question Gramps, I have been discussing matters of misinterpretation with Bible versus with friends and was wondering, why are there parts of the Bible that allow the purchase (more)

If my father is the Branch President, can I repent to someone else?

October 20, 2014 5:00 am

Question Gramps, Hello.  I have broken the Law of Chastity and the Word of Wisdom. I’ve been doing better and reading my scriptures and praying for forgiveness but (more)