Monday, September 28, 2009

The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as a Rose


The whole premise of this lesson is that all members of the church, from those with 16 lines connecting to pioneers and the newest convert, owe a debt of gratitude to the pioneers, for their obedience and perseverance.
So really all you need for this lesson is to think of three or four of your favorite pioneers stories and you are good. But then you need to think beyond what they did to what you are doing:
  • When Jeffrey R. Holland was president of Brigham Young University, he compared the building of our lives to the building of the Salt Lake Temple:

  • “The prestigious Scientific American referred to [the Salt Lake Temple] as a ‘monument to Mormon perseverance.’ And so it was. Blood, toil, tears, and sweat. The best things are always worth finishing. ‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?’ (1 Corinthians 3:16.) Most assuredly we are. As long and laborious as the effort may seem, we must keep shaping and setting the stones that will make our accomplishments ‘a grand and imposing spectacle.’ We must take advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow, dream dreams and see visions, work toward their realization, wait patiently when we have no other choice, lean on our sword and rest a while, but get up and fight again. … We are laying the foundation of a great work—our own inestimable future” (However Long and Hard the Road [1985], 127).

Everything we do is setting the scene for what comes tomorrow and even further in the future. Which is kind of depressing or inspiring, depending on how you are doing at the moment. Since my main occupation right now is child-rearing, it is nice to be reminded that worthwhile endeavors take a long time, and we often don't see the results right away.
Imagine the thoughts of the stone masons who were told to replace the entire foundation of the Salt Lake Temple with granite instead of easily worked sandstone. But the results have been worth that effort.
Since I had a terrible case of pregnant brain yesterday I don't know if anyone else in the class got something from the lesson. But a reminder of the worth of perseverance is good right now in my life. April is looking VERY far away right now.

1 comment:

jendoop said...

Since I'm reading your post from bed with tears in my eyes I'd say it did me some good too. Does this count as resting on my sword?