I had a very difficult time loosing my sweet little dog Riley in a farm accident. I haven’t entirely gotten over loosing him. Riley was an important part of my daily life, and I still grieve his loss. Much has been written about loosing a pet, but the article below has helped to ease my pain. It was published in the January/February 2016 edition of the LDSLiving Magazine.
“It is always devastating when a pet dies. But thanks to modern revelation, we know they will be with us in the eternities. In his October 1928 conference address, President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “The animals, the fishes of the sea, the fowls of the air, as well as man, are to be recreated, or renewed, through the resurrection, for they too are living souls.” He also wrote in Answers to Gospel Questions that “animals do have spirits and will come forth in the resurrection to enjoy the blessing of immortal life.”
“Additionally, in the August 1927 edition of the Improvement Era, Elder Orson F. Whitney stated, “The affirmative of the question ‘Do Animals Have Souls?’ is amply sustained by divine revelation.” Speaking of the Prophet Joseph, he added, “Joseph Smith so believed, or he would not have said …concerning his favorite horse, when it died, that he expected to have it in Eternity.”
“So rest assured pet lovers — we will be reunited with our faithful companions. After all, it wouldn’t be heaven without them!”
LDSLiving Magazine, January/February 2016, page 11.
(For insight concerning our sacred and eternal relationship with animals, please see: “The Gospel and Animals,” by Gerald E. Jones, Ensign Magazine, August 1972.)
Animals and the Afterlife
“Animals do have spirits and will come forth in the resurrection to enjoy the blessing of immortal life.”
President Joseph Fielding Smith
Answers to Gospel Questions
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