As a nine-year-old, Reyna lived through the devastating earthquake that hit Nicaragua in 1972. The natural disaster claimed the life of her brother and the home they lived in. It was a very difficult time for her family. She remembers being touched by the service provided to her family by neighbors and relatives. She was also grateful for the support that came in the form of food, water, and supplies from faraway places. “It was amazing to see all the help we received from strangers,” she says.
At the time of the earthquake, Reyna was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had no knowledge of God’s plan of salvation for His children. She often wondered where her brother was and if she would ever see him again. In a daydream she had, her brother would knock on the door, and when she answered, he would tell her that he was not really dead but alive—just somewhere else. This daydream brought her comfort as a little girl.
Over 40 years later, around Easter, Reyna found herself pondering what she knew of the Resurrection and her knowledge of God’s plan of salvation. It was then that she realized the significance of the daydream she had experienced as a child, and it filled her with joy. Now she knows for certain: “One day we will be able to be together again.” Watch part 2 and part 3 of Reyna Aburto’s life story.