Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Doctrine and Covenants 45:71

"And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy."
Doctrine and Covenants 45:71

So, this morning we have another reason to be righteous... so that we can sing. :) Interesting scripture. Most of this section talks about the things that will happen at the second coming, and this particular part is talking about the New Jerusalem, and how there will come a point at which anyone who will not take his sword against his neighbor will have to flee to Zion, to safety... so it seems like we'll be singing on the way to Zion one of these days. :) I like the fact that in the scripture they are singing everlasting joy... :) Some of the things that lead up to this point don't seem very joyful, but this event, trying as it may be, is a good thing, and the singers have enough confidence in God that they know they are going to a good place, to safety and a place where they don't have to fight the neighbors. :) It seems that God leads his people through the wilderness a lot. :) Finding new lands, establishing new places to live... we have been pioneers since Adam and Eve left the garden. :) Noah, The Brother of Jared, Moses, Abraham... Lehi... Joseph Smith, Brigham Young... and it seems that we will be again. :) There must be something to learn from walking in the wilderness, and leaving everything that is too heavy behind. Perhaps we learn what is really important, and what isn't... and we learn that there are some places that are worth every sacrifice to find. And, perhaps most importantly, that reliance and confidence in God that we get no other way than by leaving everything else behind and trusting in him. Whether we end up taking the physical journey that is foretold in this verse, or whether our journey is to a personal, spiritual promised land... let us learn our lessons well, and sing songs of joy as we go. :)

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