Apostacy Vs. Remaining True To The Faith

Yesterday, we did chores around the house, and we spliced together the Weather Station that my parents gave us. Misty works quickly at this sort of stuff, much faster than me. She has the manual dexterity that I don’t have. In the evening, we went to some friends’ for an Italian dinner. It was delicious, of course.

This morning, I went to Ward Choir Practice, and then to Ward Correlation Meeting, before church. After church, we broke our fast and then I took a nap.

I am thankful for the Lord’s Church being on the earth. Although, just as the Lord blesses us with His disciples through obedience, he has taken them from the earth, due to disobedience:

“But wickedness did prevail upon the face of the whole land, insomuch that the Lord did take away his beloved disciples, and the work of miracles and of healing did cease because of the iniquity of the people.

And there were no gifts from the Lord, and the Holy Ghost did not come upon any, because of their wickedness and unbelief.” (Mormon 1: 13-14)

When the disciples were taken from the earth is called an apostasy. It happened during Jesus’ mortal ministry:

“When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, “except he doeth the will of my Father who hath sent me.”

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” (JST John 6: 61-66)

So, when people apostatize, they no longer have the Spirit with them. They are most miserable. For this reason, I pray that I may remain true to the faith, which reminds me of the hymn, ‘True to the Faith’:

“Shall the youth of Zion falter
In defending truth and right?
While the enemy assaileth,
Shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.

While we know the pow’rs of darkness
Seek to thwart the work of God,
Shall the children of the promise
Cease to grasp the iron rod? No!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.

We will work out our salvation;
We will cleave unto the truth;
We will watch and pray and labor
With the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.

We will strive to be found worthy
Of the kingdom of our Lord,
With the faithful ones redeemed
Who have loved and kept his word. Yes!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.”

This is what I previously wrote after reading Mormon 1:  Sober And Quick To Observe

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