”To Mourn with Those That Mourn”: A Humorist’s Serious Thoughts on a Christian Duty

Since the events of 11 September, I have had several opportunities to mourn. I’ve mourned with my friends and fellow Americans who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks. I’ve mourned with colleagues, friends, and ward members who have lost loved ones from more natural causes. I’ve also mourned with friends over the loss of their faith. Before these experiences, I tended to ignore Alma’s admonition that Christians must be willing to “mourn with those that mourn.” Nowadays, I find the act of mourning to be my most perfect expression of love, worship, and discipleship, an act free from moral ambiguity.

Edgar C. Snow, D. Jeff Burton