Today's song has been rolling around in my head for a couple of weeks now. I took a little break from blogging because...summer. :) I cannot guarantee that my posts will be back to a regular schedule because, well...summer. However, I cannot let this Sabbath day go by without recognizing some people who have been very influential in my life. This song has made me think about them this weekend and I would like to share some thoughts with you today about a large group of refugees who lived over a hundred and sixty years ago.
This group of refugees I am referring to are the Mormon Pioneers who fled their homes and a temple that they had not yet completed. They fled these homes that they loved because they were being persecuted for the things that they believed in. They fled because they desperately needed to find a place where they could worship in peace and safety.
And so their trek west began. Many of them walking the distance from Illinois to the Utah territory on foot. Here is a video with more facts about their journey.
Think About It.
They Could Not Do It.
They could not deny what they knew to be true. They could not deny what had been witnessed to them by the Holy Spirit. They KNEW that God and Jesus Christ had appeared to Joseph Smith in the spring of 1820. They KNEW that Joseph Smith had been directed to the resting place of the gold plates and that through the power of God, he translated those plates and the Book of Mormon was published. They KNEW that their faith in Jesus Christ could sustain them through anything that came their way--houses being burned, husbands and sons being murdered, women being beaten and raped, walking thousands of miles to find a place of refuge--faith would see them through.