Friday, December 17, 2010
What are you willing to pay?
What are you willing to pay to be closer to God? that has been sister Fulton and I theme for the day. yesterday as we were planning for the next day (today) and we pulled out a book on the heritage of the early saints of this church. I was reading about there trials, the triumph's, and there victories! they were so courageous. In the Book Our Heritage in the 6th chapter it talks about a man who crossed in the Martin Handcart Company and he was over hearing 2 people talk about the leaders of the church and criticizing them for making them come when they did. the man listened till he could bear no more, he turned the the 2 men and spoke with such great emotion saying:
"I was in that company and my wife was in it... we suffered beyond anything you can imagine and many died of exposure and starvation, but did you ever hear a survivor of that company utter a word of criticism?... We came through with the absolute knowledge that God lives for we became acquainted with him in our extremities. "
" I have pulled my handcart when i was so weak and weary from illness and lack of food that i could hardly put one foot ahead of the other. i have looked ahead and seen a patch of sand or a hill slope and i have said, i can go only that far and there i must give up, for i cannot pull the load through it... I have gone on to that sand and when i reached it, the cart began pushing me... i knew that the angels of God were there. was I Sorry that i chose to come by handcart? NO. neither then nor any minute of my life since. The price we paid to become acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and i am thankful that i was privileged to come in the Martin Handcart Company."
Brother's and Sister's, what are we willing to pay to become acquainted with God? are we truly giving of ourselves? are we helping the people we need? are we following the promptings of the Spirit?
I am so thankful for the pioneer's who came across the plains so that we would be able to worship our God freely! I love this gospel with all my heart! I am trying to do everything i can to become more acquainted with my God.