I was 8 years old when she passed away from a heart condition.
I think that sometimes people are afraid to talk to me about her because it might make me upset.
But it doesn't. In some ways, I feel lucky that it happened when I was so young. Because of my faith as an 8 year old was so unbending, I've never questioned then or since that I'll be able to see her again. That will to see her again is a motivating factor in all that I do. It's why I try to live each day becoming a better person.
Click here to read an amazing talk on eternal families: "What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest"
Crisis or transition of any kind reminds us of what matters most. In the routine of life, we often take our families—our parents and children and siblings—for granted. But in times of danger and need and change, there is no question that what we care about most is our families! It will be even more so when we leave this life and enter into the spirit world. Surely the first people we will seek to find there will be father, mother, spouse, children, and siblings.
-Elder M. Russell Ballard