Happy Memorial Day!
Yesterday, during Sacrament Meeting, we had a very nice service. I sang ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ with the Ward Choir. Also, a teenager gave a wonderful talk explaining his testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. He is preparing to go on his mission, and it sound like he is ready! During Gospel Essentials, we had a great lesson on repentance. The Spirit was strong. And finally, during Elders Quorum, the Presidency’s implementation of Home Teaching Reporting was explained. We are using a web site to report performance. What a cool idea!
Then, in the evening, we went to some friend’s for dinner. They always cook such delicious food!
Having the Lord as the central focus of my life is the all-important message in the scriptures, and this message is demonstrated in Ether 14. For, in this chapter, the Lord is only mentioned very briefly:
“. . . the word of the Lord which came to Ether that Coriantumr should not fall by the sword.
And thus we see that the Lord did visit them in the fullness of his wrath, and their wickedness and abominations had prepared a way for their everlasting destruction.” (Ether 14: 24-25)
At this time in the Book of Mormon, the people had totally forgotten the Lord, except for only the prophet Ether. Ether had been cast out from among the people, and he lived in a cave, and he could only view the destruction of the people (Ether 13: 13-14)
At this time, I remember when I had forgotten the Lord, and the happiness I have felt since then, when I remember the Lord. Recently, I have been taught to ‘desire the will of the Lord’, and not only to submit to His will’. I am not sure where this idea was first introduced to me, but that really is not that important. I know that the idea came from the Lord.
I can see that, in my life, and through reading the scriptures, that when people desire the will of the Lord, we want to know what the Lord wants us to do. We want to be guided by His Spirit. We want to have His Spirit to be with us; and only then can we be truly happy. Furthermore, I can think of the times that I have not had His Spirit with me, and after I have repented, I have felt happy again. Therefore, it is so very important, in order for me to be truly happy, for me to always desire the Lord’s will.
This is what I previously wrote after reading Ether 14: Giving Combats Iniquity