So this blog thing is real… it’s here and it has officially started. My reason for creating a blog you may ask? Well I realized that in a few months I will be 18 hours from home… away from family, friends, and all that is comfortable to me. So in order to keep them all updated about what’s going on in my life, what I think about life, etc., I decided to create this little, new, and simple blog for those that I love to read and hopefully enjoy.
So let’s start things off fresh. What is my favorite thing to talk about? The gospel of course! Let’s dive right in.
Let’s start off with a quote from one of my favorite Apostles. (I know it’s bad to pick favorites but he is just too amazing.) Jeffrey R. Holland once said, “The future of this world has long been declared; the final outcome between good and evil is already known. There is absolutely no question as to who wins because the victory has already been posted on the scoreboard. The only really strange thing in all of this is that we are still down here on the field trying to decide which team’s jersey we want to wear!”
Doesn’t this quote put everything into perspective? Sometimes I think we find ourselves deeply burried beneath the mundane tasks of everyday life that we forget what and who we are fighting for. As the world continues to grow older, the people and society continue to grow too. Do you know what’s scary about that? They are growing in the wrong direction. They are growing away from He who gave them life; their loving Father in Heaven. I feel that especially in these last few years that everything is advancing. (And my goodness it is advancing fast.) It seems as if a new technological device comes out every day that is better, thinner, faster, and cooler than the previous. We have everything at our fingertips. If we want something, we want it now and we have the resources necessary to get it now. That beautiful virtue called patience is being thrown in the garbage. “Why wait when we can have something now?” If only they knew how much better working and patiently waiting for something makes the object your waiting for so much more worth it! Each day I see the world slowly slipping in the wrong direction, and with that continual decrease in society, I see just as much, if not more good rising against it. The change in mission ages for our church is what makes my heart the warmest most of all. Thousands upon thousands of young men and women are submitting papers, getting their calls, going to the MTC (mission training center), and valiantly serving the Lord all across the globe. God’s work will always move forward.
I look back on the time of the dear prophet Joseph Smith and just how much persecution he and the early saints faced in their fight for truth and righteousness. I watched a video on his life about a month ago with my pop and he couldn’t talk or comment about it without getting choked up. Who am I kidding? Either could I. (That’s the wonderful thing about the Spirit.) There is no way that the work done then could have faced SO much opposition without it truly being the work of our Father in Heaven, and that’s why it continues to role forward today. His work will never stop until the Savior himself rules upon the earth once more.. What a wonderful, beautiful day that will be. He will come sooner than we think! The Lord is certainly hastening His work. New temples are being announced, hundreds of new missions are being opened around the world, and thousands of new missionaries are teaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ all around the globe. I have goosebumps. This church is so true. The work has always, still is, and will continue to roll forward. I love this quote by Joseph Smith. It reads, “The standard of truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till has penetrated every continent, visited every climb, swept every country, and sounded in every year, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”
So I leave you with that. Reflect upon the words spoken earlier my Jeffrey R. Holland. (I know I sure will.) As you go throughout the day and week, as you make those seemingly miniscule decisions each day, consistently ask yourself, “What teams jersey am I wearing?”