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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT--A Joyful Religion

Enduring to the End

"My dear brothers and sisters, there will be days and nights when you feel overwhelmed, when your hearts are heavy and your heads hang down. Then, please remember, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, is the Head of this Church. It is His gospel. He wants you to succeed. He gave His life for just this purpose. He is the Son of the living God. He has promised:

'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28).

'For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee' (3 Nephi 22:10). 'I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer' (3 Nephi 22:8).

... My dear friends, the Savior heals the broken heart and binds up your wounds (see Psalm 147:3). Whatever your challenges may be, wherever you live on this earth, your faithful membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the divine powers of the gospel of Jesus Christ will bless you to endure joyfully to the end" (Dieter F. Uchdorf, "Have We Not Reason to Rejoice," Ensign, November 2007).

"Important components of faith are patience, long-suffering, and enduring to the end. The Apostle Paul recounts the faith of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Sara, concluding that 'these all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.' These faithful Saints knew that this earth life was a journey, not their final destination" (Spencer J. Condie, "Claim the Exceeding Great andPrecious Promises," Ensign, November 2007).

". . . Therefore, enduring to the end is not just a matter of passively tolerating life’s difficult circumstances or 'hanging in there...' enduring to the end is exalting and glorious, not grim and gloomy. This is a joyful religion, one of hope, strength, and deliverance. 'Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy' ( 2 Nephi 2:25) (Dieter F. Uchdorf "Have We Not Reason to Rejoice?" Ensign, November 2008).


jnkeller said...

I need more patience in my life, as well as long-suffering. I think the long-suffering part is what I have the hardest time with. I don't like to suffer, so I complain or sometimes pout (yes, sometimes I stoop to that) until my suffering is over. I guess I just need to get over myself and focus on the happy things and the things that are going right...OR...the things that will be going right for me in the future.

Jumping from one topic to another, I have always loved 3 Nephi 22:10. I was in a singing group at BYU-Idaho called From the Heart. We sang at devotionals and firesides, etc. One of my all time favorite songs was written on that very theme. It's called My Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee. You can find a recording of another group singing it at: http://www.archive.org/details/MyKindnessShallNotDepartFromThee_734


K Walton said...

Thanks for your comment, Nicole! I hope you don't mind, but I think I'll use your reference for the topic of today's post! I had forgotten how much I love that passage! Your comments really help keep me going with this blog and I always look forward to hearing from you! You're the BEST! LYLAS!

jnkeller said...

LYLAS too. :)Please keep enduring because through your endurance, I am very encouraged to keep plugging along. :)