Emily Belle Freeman




Come, Follow Me –– Apostasy and Restoration

"That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word... 

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first..."

2 Thessalonians 2:2-3

I had a conversation with a good friend yesterday morning.

We talked about people we are close to.  Really good people.  But our conversation was filled with concern and a little bit of worry as we discussed the struggles those we love are dealing with.

How could we be of help?  What more could we do?

We talked about the places where we find strength.  As we talked we realized that it is no longer enough to have a surface belief.

The storms of life are too strong.

We cannot find ourselves lacking in depth, or we won't have the strength to "be not soon shaken..."

But how do we gain this depth, what is it that enables us to grow deep roots?

I learned recently that the word apostasy in our scriptures comes from the Greek word Apostacia, which is defined as defection, or to stand away, or to stand against.

When we talk about the apostasy of the saints in the time of Peter and Paul, these weren't people who just simply fell away from the church; these were people who defected and then stood against everything they once believed.

It was a battle.

I can't help but wonder how you could so easily defect.

But maybe it is easy to fall away from a belief if you have only developed surface roots.

I am reminded of Elder Holland's quote from General Conference, "Hold the ground you have already won."

To hold that ground will require us to dig deep.

Then we will be not soon shaken by any means.

There are several ways we can acquire deeper roots.

First, I have been thinking a lot about Conference.  Those messages become a lifeline, the most recent revelation on how we can make it through the perilous times in which we live.

Following that counsel will give us the depth we need.

Reading our scriptures daily will also increase our spiritual roots.  There is a great strength that comes from His word in our hearts.  Daily.

There is great power in obedience.  The greatest power comes from the increase in the Spirit we experience when we are obedience.  When we qualify for a greater measure of the Spirit, we will be able to access greater revelation in our lives.

Saint Teresa of Avila once said, "All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted."

How deep are your roots?

Deliberate Discipleship:

What could you do today to strengthen your roots?  To dig a little deeper?  To hold your ground?  What would allow you to reach deeper?