Eulogy for Michael
Contributor: Cindy Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago
MICHAEL JAMES BOREN
Remarks given by Bishop Larry M. Gibson (Bishop of Highland 10th Ward)
Little Michael James Boren, 9 days old, passed away on Sunday, April 1st, 1990. He was born March 23, 1990, in American Fork, Utah, to Kent and Karen Boren. In his family he has two very special brothers, Kristopher and Jacob, and one lovely sister, Felicia.
Let me first express in behalf of Kent and Karen their great love and appreciation for each of you. For the tremendous outpouring of charity and love you have shown during this difficult time, this strength you have provided will ever fill their hearts.
From the beginning of mortal time in the sacred garden of our first parents, Adam and Eve, down to our own day, a loving Father has provided each of us with many sacred and holy sanctuaries. These have consisted of some chosen high mountains, churches, temples, homes, and the most sacred and meaningful of them all our mortal tabernacles.
He said, "For I, the Lord, created all things, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth. And I created all the children of men; for in heaven created I them." Moses 3:5.
In conjunction with His great plan of salvation for His children he and our mother in heaven provided three very special gifts: 1. our spirit bodies where we were allowed to live in their presence; 2. a great opportunity for a significant, but brief, mortal experience including the opportunity to overcome the power of death through our Lord Jesus Christ; and, 3. our physical bodies which required each of us to have earthly parents. These three gifts also provide every child of our heavenly parents the opportunity of exaltation after this life.
Kent and Karen have provided another very special gift to little Michael which works in concert with those provided by Father. Their gift to him is his physical body and guaranteed exaltation with the potential to be exalted as an eternal family as a result of the sacred ordinations of the temple.
On several occasions as President Spencer W. Kimball spoke on the eternal nature of man he expressed his strong feeling that we, as heavenly spirits, played a significant role in watching-over and supervising the development of our mortal temples (or bodies) previous to our birth.
What a beautiful concept this is! It implies to me that Michael has spent the past nine months (or even more) watching over, with great love and feelings, his Mother, his Father, and his Family as they have likewise prepared for his entry into their home and family.
After he was born he had nine-days of feeling their happiness and joy, then ultimately their tears of sorrow and pain. He felt himself encompassed in the loving arms of his sweet chosen eternal earthly mother. And felt the caress of the strong hands of his beloved earthly father.
How sacred was the moment Sunday afternoon as he was able to pass beyond the veil while being held close and feeling the warmth and the tears of his parents -- and, yes, the sure knowledge that he would be exalted.
During your mortal sojourn as his parents you will continue to have those same feelings and yearnings to hold him in your arms -- these are heavenly emotions and eternal feelings. I promise you as your bishop that the day will come when all these sacred feelings will be fully satisfied.
Many may ask, "Why is someone so small and so innocent as little Michael required to leave this life so quickly." Surely, we as mortals do not completely understand all of the answers but the day will come when the purpose will be made clear. For some insight, however, let me reference three very special scriptures.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1 we read, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." The Apostle Paul continued this theme in Acts 17:26, while speaking about each of God's children, when he said, "He (meaning Father) hath determined the times before appointed (to which we were foreordained), and the bounds of their (our) habitation (upon the earth). The resurrected Savior added,"It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power." But what we do know is that it is for His purpose which is"...to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life..." of His children.
One of the most beautiful passages in all of holy writ comes from the 88th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants. Joseph Smith often referred to this section as "The Lord's message of peace to each of us." The verse that I cherish and which rings so very true to my heart at this time speaks of each of His children when it says, "And they give light to each other in their times and in their seasons".
Kent and Karen, during this very short time you have each given tremendous light unto little Michael. He likewise has given light to you, your family, and to so many others. It has caused each of us to reflect on life and its purpose. Yes, we may not fully realize little Michael's significance while we are in this life but each of us individually and collectively will realize his role to us personally in the eternal realms.
Keep his memory alive in your home and with your family. Establish traditions together that will bring peace, joy and happiness to each member of your lovely family as you think of him and his place in your home. His presence will be felt and his influence will help give direction to each of you.
Now as you may feel the yearning for your son it is my prayer that you hear the words from his lips that Mary and Joseph heard from their twelve year old son they said, "Behold, thy father and I have sought thee suffering." And his gentle reply, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"
I bear witness to that great plan, provided by our loving Father in Heaven, which allowed little Michael to come into your lives for but a short time and to now, for a short season, go to continue his great work which is to support, serve, build, and oversee the bringing to pass of that immortality and eternal life of his earthly family.
As you now lay this little mortal temple by from his frail existence, make this a sacred place, a place of peace, contentment, solitude, joy, happiness, a place of strength, and a place of sure knowledge that you will be together as a family forever. And in my calling as your Bishop I desire to invoke a special priesthood blessing that each one of you in your family will be comforted, strengthened and buoyed up as a result of this mortal experience, and by those thing that will transpires this day as you are together with your family and extended family. That you will find great happiness, support, and love in this choice family of yours, with loved ones, from your many friends, and in the holy Spirit of the Lord. May you, and each one of us, find continued joy and a renewed desire to carry on, in the knowledge that our Father in Heaven does live and has once again had that great blessed privilege of repeating those most precious of all words "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, for Michael, thou art my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased".
For this I humbly pray in the holy name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Written from my notes made for Michael's funeral.)