In past years I have shared songs that are more readily thought of when pondering the pioneers journey, but today I wanted to share this song because their journey came down to one thing...their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Think About It.
Why would they not just give in to those who were persecuting them and say, "You're right. I know that the things that Joseph Smith has testified of sound crazy. I know that the Book of Mormon can't possibly have been translated by this man with a 3rd grade education. He had to have just made it up." Their families were being killed. Their homes were being burned to the ground. Why subject themselves to this loss and chaos? Why not just give in to the world around them and live like "normal" people?
They Could Not Do It.
In Christ Alone.
In Christ alone they found their courage, their strength to press forward. They could not deny their testimonies and so they moved onward with faith.
As of this moment, my plan is to complete a Bachelor of University Studies degree with a minor in Family Studies. Because I am not going to school to secure a job, I felt that this would be a good, well-rounded education for me.
By the time I finish this degree (hopefully in 4 years, but maybe more), I will have 2 children out of high school, one in high school, and one in junior high. This means that I definitely am not opposed to working, as long as I could find something that would allow me to work while the kids are in school. As I have prayed about this, I have one field of work that keeps sticking in my brain. What does that tell me? It's probably something that I should check into...
I feel that if I were to pursue a career, it should be as an LDS Seminary or Institute teacher. It brings a smile to my face whenever I think about it. How cool would it be to teach people about the Savior every day?
More Info about the Pathway Program
Before I close this post, I have to share the website for Pathway, and leave you with this...
If you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, active or inactive, and have ever thought about going back to school, you must check into this program. It is inspired. It is incredible. It is life-changing. I cannot say enough wonderful things about it and I will be forever grateful to a loving Father in Heaven for making a program like this available.
Peace, Be Still- Nate Noble
Is the tempest raging in your life?
June 27, 1844
"To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we announce the martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Hyrum Smith the Patriarch. They were shot in Carthage jail, on the 27th of June, 1844, about five o’clock p.m., by an armed mob—painted black—of from 150 to 200 persons. Hyrum was shot first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a dead man! Joseph leaped from the window, and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaiming: O Lord my God! They were both shot after they were dead, in a brutal manner, and both received four balls."
"Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.
In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men; gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founded a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain.
He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!"
-Doctrine & Covenants 135:3
Because of this great man, this prophet of God, I was able to have this joyous day in my life.
On Friday, June 30, 2017, my son received his endowment at the Salt Lake Temple. (For more information on what an "endowment" is, click here.)
It is a day that I have looked forward to since I first held him in my arms as a newborn baby. To say that I am grateful for the choices that he has made in his life that have brought him to this place would be a huge understatement. And this opportunity to go to the temple to make covenants with God was definitely his choice. Not mine. Not Mark's. Josh's choice.
So why be grateful to Joseph Smith? What role did he play in my son being able to go to the temple?
Because Joseph Smith asked a simple question,
I am loving my second chance at life.
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