The Keys to the Mansion

Columbia River Temple. Courtesy LDS Media Library.
Columbia River Temple

At our branch family home evening this week, I learned a lesson from Tom, a former branch member who was visiting. He told me that he’s been “having fun” with the scriptures lately and that after he recently read John 14:2, he felt inspired to share the verse with a friend.

Tom called Brian, age 82. I’ll paraphrase their conversation.

Tom asked, “Can you think of the largest mansion in the valley?”

“Yes,” said Brian.

“The owner is probably famous, right? And you might be familiar with him on something like Facebook or Twitter, true?”

“Sure.”

“If you asked the owner to give you the keys to his mansion, would he?”

“No. You’d have to have a relationship with the owner before he loaned you his keys.”

“Brian, ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.’ Think about it. How are you going to get the keys to one of those mansions unless you have a relationship with the One who built them?”

Brian paused. “You’re right, Tom. You’re absolutely right.” They discussed it for awhile and then hung up.

When he called back about a week and a half later, Brian’s wife told Tom that Brian had died.

Do you think Tom was inspired to call Brian for a reason? I know it wasn’t by chance he told me that story.

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