[Lori is my niece and my 3rd cousin. Her mother is my husbands sister. Her grandmother Eva is my grandmother Ella's first cousin.]
From my perspective of time and distance, after spending 25 years and 1,000 miles from my extended family I have a great appreciation for eternal family. On a recent visit I was over whelmed by the beauty of God's pattern and plan for my family.
"The purpose of mortal families is to bring children into the world, to teach them what is right, and to prepare all family members for exaltation in eternal family relationships." (Dallin H. Oaks, “Weightier Matters,” Ensign, Jan 2001, 13)