I wished one of my home teachees a Happy Thanksgiving, and I made an appointment to home teach him. Misty and I watched the latest episodes of ‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘NCIS: LA’, and an episode of ‘Quantum Leap’.
“Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth therewith? Shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? As if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself as if it were no wood!
There shall the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, send among his fat ones, leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
And the light of Israel shall be for a fir, and his Holy One for a flame, and shall burn and shall devour his thorns and his briers in one day; And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body; and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.” (Isaiah 10:15-19; 2 Nephi 20:15-19)
To me, the first verse points to us, who were made by God, in His image; and yet many doubt this truth. Then, the verses go on to describe the destruction in the last days, when many shall perish, and few will be left.
Last Sunday, we had a discussion about how the gospel prepares one for adversity. We all are faced with challenges. The gospel explains the Lord’s plan, which is a much bigger picture about what is happening. Challenges are a natural part of life. Challenges are part of the bigger picture. They are necessary. The gospel is designed to prepare one to face adversity, while keeping an eye on the bigger picture.
Regardless of what happens, I am a child of God. I have been baptized in the Lord’s Church, by His duly ordained servant. I have received promised blessings, which I will receive as long as I am true and faithful to the covenants which I have made with the Lord. I will encounter challenges, and it is up to me to be constantly aware that all is in the Lord’s hands. I will fight the good fight. I will endure to the end. I will keep going as long as the Lord wills it, for as long as I have work to do in mortality.
This is what I wrote previously after reading 2 Nephi 20: Gave Away Our Entertainment Center In 15 Minutes!