A Dramatic and Unexpected Event
During several decades of Church service, I have seen some unforgettable moments while traveling. One occurred several years ago while flying to a university president’s inauguration, where I was to offer the invocation. It was a short flight in a small two-engine plane. We were halfway to our destination when the right engine suddenly exploded, spewing flaming fuel all over the right side of the plane. The propellers stopped. The plane was on fire, careening to the earth in a spiral dive. I expected to die.
Miraculously, the dive extinguished the fire. The pilot was able to restore power to the other engine and make a safe landing. And I actually made it to the inauguration on time.
Throughout the dramatic, unexpected experience, I was surprisingly calm. My entire life flashed before me. While approaching what seemed to be certain death, I was at peace. I knew that my family would be well cared for. And I knew that my wife and I were sealed to each other eternally and our children were sealed to us. Because of my faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to His commandments, I knew that life beyond the grave was certain and joyful. Thanks to the Lord, I knew that we would all be together again. I was at peace, ready to meet my Maker.
Gratefully, I survived and can now relate that experience.
For the past year, we have all been dealing with dramatic and unexpected events.
Amid such uncertainty, there is only one way to feel at peace—that real peace that passes all understanding. That peace is found in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.