A tribute and dedication to my niece,
Kimberly Mae Tokanang
January 10, 2009 - January 23, 2009
Daddy's little princess, Kimberly Mae Tokanang, died peacefully in the arms of her mother on January 23, 2009 surrounded by family and friends and has returned to the loving embrace of her Heavenly Father.
This innocent, precious little baby who is my niece came to this earth to simply receive her mortal body, inspire and humble those she touched with her sweet spirit, and then returned back home to her Father in Heaven.
As I attended her funeral yesterday the spirit of the Holy Ghost was present and very strong. I cried tears of joy, not even getting a chance to know this special niece. The music was beautiful and the testimonies born were very uplifting. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is real and has been restored to this earth.
Through this experience my faith has increased, my testimony strengthened. I am grateful for what she taught me in her short mortal sojourn. Though her stay was brief, she brought a new light of hope and reinforcement to the truths I have learned throughout the years. How grateful I am for an understanding of God's eternal plan of happiness and salvation. Families can Be Together Forever and I will get to see her be raised one day.
A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, January 21, 1836
10 And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven.
12 But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism!
Through Jesus Christ, we can all be redeemed from our fallen state. The fullness of the gospel has been restored with all the saving ordinances to help us gain our eternal salvation. The keys, rights, and authority of the priesthood have also been restored to make it possible to receive these ordinances.
Little Kimberly waited nearly six hours after being taken off life support to receive a name and blessing into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her great-grandfather blessed her with the power and authority of this restored priesthood and within seconds she drifted off to the next phase of life! This is a great testimony builder for me! I love my Heavenly Father and although we don't always understand His will and purposes, it is He who's work we're engaged in as the Father of our spirits.
For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.