This morning, I went to check on the rat traps. One trap had a rat in it, and the rat was very much alive and dragging around the trap with him. There was another rat which was not in a trap, but was just hunkering down. I did not have the resources to take care of the rats. I had to get to work. In the past, I have drowned rats which were still alive in traps, but this rat was too active. I did not want to get scratched. This evening, my neighbor came over and shot them both, because they were both still alive. After that, he loaned me one of his pellet guns, so rats do not have to suffer all day.
This evening, I went out with the missionaries. One of the people we visited had a pet roof rat! I told them I did not want to tell them what I did today. It was amazing to see this rat respond to one of its keepers. It really liked getting petted!
I am thankful that the gospel has survived, especially after plain and precious truths had been removed, after all of these years. Since Jesus’ mortal ministry, the world has gone through some very bad times; and now we have come out of those times. Although, all is not completely rosy in this time. For, I, like all of humanity, still have to be humble, and to want to learn the ways of God.
I think of the verses in Matthew 5:17-18:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
To me, this means that the law of Moses is still in force. I still obey the ten commandments. Even though, by grace, Jesus has atoned for my sins.
I also found this verse from modern revelation:
“What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.” (D&C 1:38)
I am thankful that the Lord still speaks on this day. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
This is what I wrote previously when I read 1 Nephi 13: The Jew And The Gentile Coming Together In One