"19 And were it not for the interposition of their all-wise Creator, and this because of their sincere repentance, they must unavoidably remain in bondage until now.
20 But behold, he did deliver them because they did ahumble themselves before him; and because they bcried mightily unto him he did deliver them out of bondage; and thus doth the Lord work with his power in all cases among the children of men, extending the arm of cmercy towards them that put theirdtrust in him."
I just really like these verses. I also have written in my scriptures "What am I in bondage to?" I think that is a good question for us to consider. Maybe it is a TV show or staying up too late, or eating too much (or too little?), or maybe we have that "favorite" sin that we need to be delivered from. If we sincerely repent, humble ourselves before God, and "cry mightily unto him," he will deliver us from that bondage.
In Mosiah 21, the Nephites go up to battle against the Lamanites 3 times and are beaten back 3 times. At this time, they did not have the the blessing of the Lord with them (Abinadi has just recently been slain, and Limhi is king. The people are in bondage to the Lamanites at this time). By so going into battle, the Nephites are also breaking an oath which they had just barely made with the Lamanites. I start to think, is it any wonder the Lord was slow to hear their cries? But at the same time, I'm thinking, why isn't the Lord rushing to help them, as they seem to have turned their hearts back to him? Maybe it is because the Nephites need to learn something about keeping oaths? Or maybe the Lord is waiting to see if they really, truly have repented of their ways? I also wonder why it was that Ammon thought himself an "unworthy servant" to baptize the people of Limhi.
In chapter 23, I like verses 21 and 22. It says, "Nevertheless, the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith. Nevertheless -whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day. Yeah, and thus it was with this people." Remember that chapter 23 is about Alma and those people of King Noah that had fled with him and had been baptized and entered into sacred covenants with the Lord. These people are righteous, they are not wicked. Yet the Lord still allowed for them to come into bondage with the Lamanites (and the wicked priests of King Noah), that He might deliver them in the future. I think also the Lord allowed them to experience trials so that they could learn about themselves and about their relationship with God. How often has God tried our patience and our faith? Do we remain faithful, despite our difficult times, and do we continue to cry unto the Lord, or do we chose to believe that God does not love us any more and try to do things on our own? I like the response of Alma and his people in verse 15 (chapter 24) "And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord." When we continue to trust in the Lord, He will strengthen us, that we, too, may "bear up [our] burdens with ease."
Well, guys, I think Taiwan is really going to happen!
Side note. It's funny, you know? I start to feel like, because I am not afraid to chase my dreams, I intimidate people. Going to work for Disney, though, taught me that just because I dream about doing something doesn't mean it can never come true. I know, I know. Disneyland, Where Dreams Come True, blah blah blah. Seriously, though. It was a dream I'd had ever since I was little, and I went for it, and it happened. And, while I didn't love every single minute, I still loved that I was fulfilling my dream. I proved myself that I can do things, and I can do them without having someone to hold my hand every step of the way.
Which brings me to Taiwan. I can do this. I am making this happen. I am getting support along the way, but no one else can make this happen except for me. Dad and I had our passports arrive in the mail today, and that was really the first step. Last night, I emailed my Brother O. and asked him to fill out my Academic Reference Form. Today I emailed my Bishop for the Character Reference and took the Employment Reference form to my supervisor at work. Then I called ILP's office to talk to the Taiwan rep about her experience, among other things, and set up my interview while I was at it. Next Monday, that's what I'll be doing.
Also, my Day Zero Project goals? Coming right along. I got my credit card today and just have to pay it off every month to check it off. And I have completed 12 other goals now. Things are looking good in life!
(Also, FeFe sent me some GREAT Trifecta pictures the other day, and I have rarely laughed so hard over a picture, but those ones did it.)
I don't have a whole lot to share tonight. Just something that I found interesting in Mosiah chapter 9 (well, at least that is where I started reading tonight. It could have been in chapter 10). Zenniff states that he was over-zealous in obtaining the land of their inheritance. Zealous is synonymous with ardent,enthusiastic,eager,fervent,keen,earnest... When I read this, I think that he felt some remorse? for his over-zealousness because it led to heartache for many. I also found it interesting that Zenniff kept a record of his people. I think he must have been a pretty righteous man and knew the words of the prophets. The last thing I found interesting was that he listed the different kinds of seeds the planted. I wonder what neas is/are? (Hey, cool article.)
Not to keep you in suspense or anything, but. I thought I'd FIRST announce that I did decide to do a calendar. You can see what it will look likeHERE*. As of writing this post, it is not yet available to purchase in my shop, but will be later this month. Hopefully sometime next week.
Moving on to relieve your baited breath, to release the death grip you have on the edge of your seat.
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And happy Birthday to Tianna. I love you and think you need to come visit soon. The end.
*Some pictures subject to change from when this first posts. It will be finalized by tonight, though, probably.
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Remember last year, when I created and listed two (2) calenders on Etsy? Here is my question: Do I offer calenders again this year? If I do, I need to get on the ball and start figuring them out now. If I don't, well, then, you know. I don't need to worry about getting on the ball for them.
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This is from Mosiah Chapter 8:20 "O how marvelous are the works of the Lord, and how long doth he suffer with his people; yea, and how ablind and impenetrable are the understandings of the children of men; for they will not seek wisdom, neither do they desire that she should rule over them!"
When I first read this verse, I took it to understand that the Lord suffers because of his people's stupidness (for lack of a better word). I think this is partially true. When we are dumb and sin/transgress the Word of God, He suffers (that's part of what the Atonement is about, isn't it?), But I don't think that is exactly what King Limhi meant when he said this. I think he meant that the Lord literally suffers with us. When we are suffering from transgression or bondage or from our own weaknesses- whatever it is that ails us- God suffers the pain with us, whether because of a decision we made or just because sometimes Life Hurts, God will not make us suffer alone. I am sure Mom and Dad understand this much better than I do, but it kind of reminds me of how, when Elliot broke up with me and I was aching, Mom and Dad wanted nothing but to see me happy again, and I think they were suffering with me. Sometimes I think we forget to see God as our loving heavenly Father. He is our parent.