This past week was very good! For the most part, it did not contain any bizarre events. Other than what happened AGAIN today on my way to the library. That’s right, I got pooped on by a bird AGAIN! That’s 3 times in 23 days! Just remember what I said in last week’s post. Other than that event, this past week was only different in that it contained the date July 4th. For Americans, this is known as Independence Day and is a day that we celebrate the freedom that we have been blessed with. This day is a day that has been set aside as a day of remembrance for all those who fought and died for freedom and truth. On this day for the last 19 years of my life, I have always celebrated with fireworks and food and everything else. I have always found myself doing what everyone else seemed to be doing without actually remembering why I was celebrating the day in the first place. This year, however, I did take some time to think about some of the things that are here because of those many sacrifices for freedom. One of those things is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps no other place on Earth was prepared to receive the resoration of the Gospel like in America. At the time (1820) very few (if any) other places had the priviledge of religious freedom. As a result many moved to America looking for such freedom. With so many moving to find this new religious freedom, many churches soon emerged and left some confused about which church to join. One such was the young Joseph Smith. At just 14 years of age, he was confused about which church was right. He was a thoughtful boy and wanted to do the right thing. As most 14 year olds do, he looked to his parents for support, but even they could not agree on one church. Realizing his parents could not help, he looked to the Bible for answers and found that even the Bible was viewed so differently from person to person. Despite this realization, he did find one verse of scripture that provided some help and eventually lead to a life changing experience. This verse was James 1:5 and reads, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God; that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.” The young man did act on the verse, and he did receive a very real, personal, and sacred answer from God.
I am grateful that because of the early sacrifices made, the Earth was prepared to receive this truth that has blessed so many lives.
I love you all!