Friday, March 29, 2002

Doctrine and Covenants 117:4-7

"Let them repent of all their sins, and of all their covetous desires, before me, saith the Lord; for what is property unto me? saith the Lord.
Let the properties of Kirtland be turned out for debts, saith the Lord. Let them go, saith the Lord, and whatsoever remaineth, let it remain in your hands, saith the Lord.
For have I not the fowls of heaven, and also the fish of the sea, and the beasts of the mountains? Have I not made the earth? Do I not hold the destinies of all the armies of the nations of the earth?
Therefore, will I not make solitary places to bud and to blossom, and to bring forth in abundance? saith the Lord."
Doctrine and Covenants 117:4-7

The saints were sad when they had to leave Kirtland... they were giving up houses and land, and almost everything they owned.  They were being forced out because of what they believed... and it is hard just to be attacked for your beliefs, let alone have to give up everything that you own for them. :)  I think this happens to us today in some ways... we have to make sacrifices to do what the Lord asks of us.  Sometimes it isn't earthly possessions... but then, sometimes it is.  And whether it is a physical or a spiritual journey that we are asked to take, what we are asked to leave behind is difficult for us to relinquish.  God says here "Let them go" even though it was difficult for them, and he reminded them that he had the power to provide for them, wherever they went.  I think that we forget that ourselves sometimes... we work really hard to acquire something, and when we have it, it is hard for us to let go.  We forget that the Lord is in control, and has much more in store for us than the possessions or relationships that we have now.  God has everything... and even when we are sent into the "solitary places," he will help us to grow. :)

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