Faithful Called to the Spirit World to Labor
57 I beheld
that the faithful elders of this dispensation, when they depart from
mortal life, continue their labors in the preaching of the gospel of
repentance and redemption, through the sacrifice of the Only Begotten
Son of God, among those who are in darkness and under the bondage of
sin in the great world of the spirits of the dead.
Joseph Fielding Smith
Harold B. Lee
I know a
father who lost his daughter, a mother of four or five children, and it
was a long fight. I have never seen a father or mother who had greater
devotion to a daughter, and as she sank into the shadows the father
said, "I guess I failed. If I had faith, she would have gotten well."
The Lord said that "those who have faith in me shall be healed if they
are not appointed unto death" (see D&C 42:48). That suggests that
we are here filling a mission on earth. We can fail in our appointment,
but if we live true, then we fulfill our mission. Now, if the Lord asks
us, calls us to no greater calling, I ask you, Would any one of you
want to remain here one hour more than the Lord wants you to live in
mortality, if He had something else for you to do? Not if you are
thinking right. You would want to answer the call of the Master,
wouldn't you? (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, p. 48)
Called to the Other Side
Perhaps I may be permitted to relate a circumstance with which I am acquainted in relation to Bishop Roskelley, of Smithfield, Cache Valley:
On one occasion he was suddenly taken very sick -- near to death's door. While he lay in this condition, President Peter Maughan, who was dead, came to him and said: "Brother Roskelley, we held a council on the other side of the veil. I have had a great deal to do, and I have the privilege of coming here to appoint one man to come and help. I have had three names given to me in council, and you are one of them. I want to inquire into your circumstances.
The Bishop told him what he had to do, and they conversed together as one man would converse with another. President Maughan then said to him: "I think I will not call you. I think you are wanted here more than perhaps one of the others."
Bishop Roskelley got well from that hour. Very soon after, the second man was taken sick, but not being able to exercise sufficient faith, Brother Roskelley did not go to him. By and by this man recovered, and on meeting Brother Roskelley, he said: "brother Maughan came to me the other night and told me he was sent to call one man from the ward," and he named two men as had been done to Brother Roskelley. A few days afterwards the third man was taken sick and died.
Now, I name
this to show a principle. They have work on the other side of the veil;
and they want men, and they call them. And that was my view in regards
to Brother George A. Smith. When he was almost at death's door, Brother
Cannon administered to him, and in thirty minutes he was up and ate
breakfast with his family. We labored with him in this way, but
ultimately, as you know, he died. But it taught me a lesson. I felt
that man was wanted behind the veil. We labored also with Brother
Pratt; but he, too, was wanted behind the veil. (The
Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pp.290-291)
Neal A. Maxwell
On the other side of the veil, there are perhaps seventy billion people. They need the same gospel, and releases occur here to aid the Lord's work there. Each release of a righteous individual from this life is also a call to new labors. Those who have true hope understand this.
though we miss the departed righteous so much here, hundreds may feel
their touch there. One day, those hundreds will thank the bereaved for
gracefully forgoing the extended association with choice individuals
here, in order that they could help hundreds there. In God's ecology,
talent and love are never wasted. The hopeful understand this, too.
(Notwithstanding My Weakness, p.55)