4 weeks ago
Sunday, January 31, 2010
In the January 2010 Liahona there President Dieter F. Uchtdorf speaks of why we must endure the trials of this life and that through Christ we will be given strength if we are faithful. He says
"One of the many revelations Joseph received in Kirtland was a revelation he called the “olive leaf … plucked from the Tree of Paradise, and the Lord’s message of peace to us” (introduction to D&C 88). This remarkable revelation includes the sublime invitation, “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me” (D&C 88:63). As the Saints of Kirtland drew near unto the Lord, He truly did draw near unto them, pouring out the blessings of heaven upon the heads of the faithful."
Then when referring to the "spiritual outpouring" that took place during the time the saints were in Kirtland he said.
"Perhaps the culmination of these spiritual manifestations occurred during the dedication of the Kirtland Temple on March 27, 1836. One of those present was 28-year-old William Draper, who described the day as a “day of Pentecost.” He wrote: “There was such a time of the outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord, that my pen is inadequate to write it in full or my tongue to express it. But I will here say that the Spirit was poured out and came like a mighty rushing wind and filled the house, that many that were present spoke in tongues and had visions and saw angels and prophesied, and had a general time of rejoicing such as had not been known in this generation.”
I must say that of all the Sunday Scriptures that I have presented on my blog, today I was stuck on what to write. While I choose them by the impact they have had on my own life, I also pray that they are messages that will help and encourage those that read it. I prayed for some time to know that the things that I leave here today will be what the Lord would have me write. Then as I began studying the scriptures and articles I came across the above paragraph and I feel as though it pin points my exact feeling "that my pen is inadequate to write it in full or my tongue to express it". I am not a "spiritual giant" I don't know very much, I am still a "child" when it comes to understanding all the things of the gospel but with Christ as my interpreter I hope to present His message as best I can. Let me share an experience I had just yesterday.
I spent the afternoon doing some grocery shopping, I went to Costco knowing that I had a limited budget to spend there and then I would head to another grocery store to get the remaining and bulk of our groceries. Well as I walked through Costco I found myself looking into others carts and seeing how full theirs were compared to my very meager contents. I became jealous that they could come and buy all that they wanted or needed without a thought for the money it represented. I left holding in my hand the item I ultimately purchased, embarrassed, feeling like everyone else must know how little money I had. I sat in my car for a moment and the tears fell as I thought of how I would need to plan very carefully our meals for the next two weeks, and angry because of it. Then I thought back to a year ago and where we were, and I wanted to slap myself!
One year ago my husband had no job, we were staying with my parents and the prospects for future income was slim! Now, Here I was with a budget to work with, a car to drive, a beautiful home to take the food to, a neighborhood which we love and I am crying because other people have more food than me!! I plugged my ipod in, wiped my tears and put the car in reverse and the first song that came on was most definitly meant to get through to me, I have heard it many many times yet I knew that this time was my Heavenly Fathers way of letting me know he heard my prayers and pleading.
There are so many out there in much worse conditions and yet He knows my struggles and still cares about them. He cares about each one of us, loves us and wants us to be happy. I know this, and I am grateful for His patience with me and the kindness He shows me daily. May all of you have a wonderful Sunday
All my love (Oh and Don't forget the GIVE AWAY)