Friday, May 9, 2014

When It Rains, It Pours

This morning was one of those mornings on the mission when you just can't force yourself out of bed. But, reluctantly, I dragged myself from my warm covers and laid on top of the heater for my "morning exercises." The rest of the morning was pretty normal: trying not to fall asleep during personal study, trying not to fall asleep during companion study, and trying to feel the Spirit the whole time. When we were getting ready to leave the apartment, we heard thunder and saw lightning. Now, to a Southern girl like me, that was nothing. But here in Utah, thunder and lightning is usually followed by... HAIL. And we heard it like gunfire on our roof. My companion and I looked at each other and said, "Nope!" We decided to wait out the storm, safe and warm in our apartment. There's a popular saying here in Utah that goes a little something like this: "If you don't like the weather in Utah, wait five minutes." Well, NO KIDDING! Five minutes later, the rain and hail stopped, and we were ready to go.
I'd like to compare this to life and the gospel. In Helaman 5:12 it says, "And now my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundations, a foundation upon whereon if men build, they cannot fall." When the hail and storm were beating upon our apartment, we were safe inside, under a roof which has been provided for us. In life, when the hail and storms and winds and whirlwinds beat on us, we have to remember where our foundation lies. Are you the foolish man who built his house upon the sand, only to come home after a huge storm to find it all washed away? Or are you the wise man, who was pleased to find that the home that he built on a solid, firm foundation was still standing, all in one piece?
Remember who you are built on. Remember who you are, dear child of God. Build your foundation on Christ, and you will never, ever fall.

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