4 weeks ago
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Well I decided to today that I would attempt a new addition to my posts! Sunday Scripture, I thought it would be a great way for me to remember some of the scriptures that help me. Last night we were fortunate to have the missionaries for dinner. They were your average missionaries by all appearances but the spirit that remained in the house when they left was unlike anytime I remember in the past. They shared a scripture with us before they left from Mosiah (One of my favorite books), it was
"And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage: and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God do visit my people in their afflictions."
This particular scripture is in the context of Alma and his people as they are in bondage to the Lamanites. Now the interesting thing is that before they were in bondage to the Lamanites they were doing quite well, they were prospering and building a nice city and being pretty good people. They had wished that Alma would be there King but Alma knew that was not what the Lord wanted so he led them as a High Priest teaching them of the gospel. Well the Lord decided to chasten them and "trieth their patience and their faith" and allowed the Lamanites to surround their city and when Alma and his people realized they were surrounded by this mighty army they prayed to Heavenly Father that their lives would be spared and the Lord did allow their lives to be spared but they were still taken into bondage by the Lamanites but rather than them being bitter and upset for being taken bondage they showed their gratitude to the Lord for sparing their lives by praying. Now while the Lord allowed them to be put into bondage he did ease their burdens and gave them strength to endure them.
I love this because it shows what a loving Heavenly Father we have, He knows enough to test us and try us but while at the same time making them lightened because He loves us. He allows us to make the choice that when we are in rough times to either pray to him for help and guidance or will we choose to lean on our "own understanding".
For me right now and I believe many others these times are very trying, and I know that while I am being tested the Lord has made these burdens lighter through family, friends, visiting teachers, the scriptures and a sweet reminder from an Elder who is on the Lords errand and was led by the spirit to read that scripture to us.
I hope to include more scripture with my blogging, so perhaps we can learn them better together or maybe you can share scripture and stories from your life that would help me.
Posted by Marylin at 7:28 PM