A Covenant Person
Mosiah 14:5 - Mosiah 18:15
Mary Ellen Edmunds once said to me, "In times of adversity hopefully there will be a covenant person within reach."
What is a covenant person?
The answer is found in Mosiah 18.
"And now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are wiling to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light;
Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in." (Mosiah 18:8-9)
Alma explains that those who have this as the desire of their hearts should be baptized, as a witness that they have entered into a covenant with the Lord.
...thus becoming a covenant person.
A covenant person knows how to mourn, comfort, and help to shoulder burdens. A covenant person recognizes a call for help and is immediately prompted to action. A covenant person responds with love, with caring, with charity.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson explained, "we are part of a covenant people, a community of Saints who encourage, sustain, and minister to one another."
I believe that a covenant person is one who knows how to help shoulder another's burden, to bring comfort to those who stand in need, and who is willing to mourn until the joy returns.
I want to be someone like that.
Consider your circle of influence. Do you know someone who is struggling right now? Could you be a covenant person that they could reach out to?
How might you respond?