As I entered the Bountiful Temple yesterday, I thought of my father who has been dead for over sixty years. I know he is near and that he loves me. I've known that all my life. Each time I'm in the temple, I think of him and his influence over me. I think he has been as great an influence from the other side as he would have been had he lived.
"Each of our temples is an expression of our testimony that life beyond the grave is as real and as certain as is our life here on earth." Thomas S. Monson