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In Loving Memory of Turtle

Updated on November 16, 2014

Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Isn't that the question everybody asks when something traumatic happens to them? Loss of a job, a sudden serious illness in the family, the Bad-to-Worse situations, or even the death of a loved one. This just happened to me.

I don't curse or hate God for taking my cat from me, more so I've been striving to understand why. Why when I, his faithful servant, whose already struggled with so much, after so much prayer and fasting, would find my cat dead? After receiving comfort and revelation that she was fine, and, in his time, be returned to me safely. I'm sure many other good people have asked these same questions, and perhaps even cursed or turned away from God because of the pain. I've learned something over this incident, and I know this knowledge can help others who are suffering or struggling like I am right now.

God Will Lift Us Up

Dealing with the Pain

No, its most certainly NOT easy to deal with. And its not something that will turn itself overnight, but these pains aren't forever. While Time is probably the one of the biggest healers, giving service and the Atonement of Christ are the most effective and powerful. While I just want to curl up in a ball and mourn the loss of my beloved cat, instead I know that I can reach others through my loss. I felt inspired to create a memorial video of her, and to share it to the world, for those who have also lost a loved one.

Perhaps what you've lost wasn't a pet, but a family member or child. For me, Turtle is my child. She was very near and dear to my heart, and she was there when I really needed something to love. While I mourn her loss in this mortal life, I am comforted to know that it really isn't the end. I will see her again. God's promise to me that she would be returned in his own time wasn't a lie, its just not in my time. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." -Isaiah 55:8-9

I was expecting my cat to come back sometime when I settled into my mission routine, perhaps even at the latest when I would be released in August of 2013. But apparently God had another idea in mind. He knows something I don't, and for whatever reason my cat had to be removed from me in this life to fulfill some purpose in his eyes. I can only trust that he knows what he's doing, and I know with all my heart that Turtle will be returned to me again in Christ's Second Coming. I look forward to that joyous reunion, and until that time, I pray to know how I can help those around me



Never Give Up

Just because we can't see something right away, doesn't mean its not worth waiting for. Its hard, when you can't understand something. You often question its truthfulness, you begin to doubt or fear, and sometimes, some things are just too crazy to believe. I know, however, that God NEVER breaks his promises. No matter how dark the storm ahead of us, how cold the night, or how overpowered our situations are, God is there for us, if we reach out and endure, he will deliver us through our trails, and our blessings will be great. I end this with my Testimony in Christ's name, Amen.


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      Merida Craze 2 years ago

      I can totally relate this. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who goes through such circumstances. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lenna 3 years ago

      Well done arclite that. I'll make sure to use it wisely.

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      Wakerra 4 years ago

      My cat still seems to visit me in my dreams. I thought, at first, it was just me longing to see her again, but night I dreamed that jumped on my bed with me and cuddled next to my side, purring as she always would when I'd go to sleep at night. I think sometimes she's telling me she misses and loves me just as much as I do her.

      I don't think its so much a "Cat heaven", as it is the same heaven. There are resurrected plants and animals in heaven, this I know. We'll see our animal companions again. Death is just part of life, for all living creatures, and so is the resurrection.

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      Samuel E. Richardson 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      I bonded with a Siamese cat. She followed me around, and sat on my shoulder while I painted, and also slept while wrapped around my neck, even while I was walking (I have a picture of that, and of the "painting companion"). She trusted me in every way. Then, I was drafted. While in Vietnam, by brother wrote saying "Wiggy" was roaming the house, and meowing as if looking for someone. He also reported that she wouldn't eat. Although he tried to love her and feed her, she refused. The next letter I got reported that she was so emaciated, they had to put her to sleep.

      I heard later that Siamese cats, after they bond with someone, will be so faithful to that person (or other animal) that if they are separated from their "friend," they will starve themselves until their friend is found.

      I hope for a cat heaven wherein I can reunite once more with my special friend.

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      Wakerra 4 years ago

      whether it be four, or fourteen years, the loss of a loved one (or loved animal) is always hard. I'm glad Tanya was able to have a full life

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written hub, and yes it is very hard when you lose a pet. And very painful too. I went through this last March when i lost my dog Tanya, she was my furry kid for fourteen years . Sorry to hear you lost your cat Turtle .