“I Pray for Dead People”
Posted by Kerry on February 25, 2008
The other night my 6-year old daughter was chosen by the patriarch of our home to offer a blessing on the food that was sitting at our dinner table. After what started out as Food Prayer Transcript #26, she said something that at first made my wife and I giggle, but has made me think a bit. Obviously this daughter was aware of the recent passing of our Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley.
In her prayer, she sincerely mentioned:
“Please bless President Hinckley that he will have a fun time in heaven.”
As mentioned above, at first I caught myself giggling, for which I should be reprimanded. One should never giggle at a child’s sincere prayer (at least not out loud). But her statement made me ask myself a question:
Why should we NOT pray for our deceased ancestors? Do they not need our help? Aren’t some of them going through the repentance process and attempting to be forgiven of their sins? Aren’t some of them in “spiritual prison”, trying to find their own testimonies?
I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever heard ANYONE in my lifetime pray for an deceased ancestor, or for any dead dude! There seems to be an understanding (a false one, if I may say so), that once someone dies, they are gone and no longer need our help, support, or prayers. I think the contrary is true…and I for one can think of many deceased ancestors, friends, or acquaintances that could really use some support. After all, it isn’t all roses and honey after we die, right? Especially for those who didn’t live in a way that merits an entrance to “spiritual paradise”.
One thing of which I am fairly certain: they are praying for us.
So next time you bow your head, here’s to a little prayer for Aunt Beth or Uncle Eddie. They could probably use it.