Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

If

D&C 121:46 - D&C 124:50

If.

Despite the possibility...

No matter whether...

A small word mentioned 14 times in chapter 122.

If.

...and following that word is 14 worst case scenarios.  At least, that is how they feel to me.  My heart aches every time I read the words, "thine elder son, although but six years of age, shall cling to thy garments, and shall say, My father, my father, why can't your stay with us?"  (D&C 122:6)

His elder son at six years old...clinging to his shirt.

What if that?

Know this...

"That all these things shall give thee experience , and shall be for thy good."  (D&C 122:7)

It is a chapter we read often, and I find myself questioning, "But, how?"  How will they be for my good?  More importantly, how will I get through these experiences?

The answer is found right there in verse nine, "hold on thy way."  The footnote for that phrase leads us to the topical guide under the theme steadfastness.

I ponder on what it means to hold on thy way.

I think of the Saints who lived in the time of Joseph.  Saints who were willing to "waste and wear out their lives..."  (D&C 123:13)

Saints who were steadfast despite the possibility...no matter whether...

Who knew all these things would give them experience and were for their good.

Every if.

Because no matter where the Lord was leading them next they knew exactly what to do...

Hold on thy way.

Hold on to your testimony of the scriptures, of this gospel.  Hold on to your covenants.  Hold on to your family.  Hold to the rod.  Hold to Christ.

Those things were to be found in every place the Lord would lead them to...even if they had to waste and wear out their lives to get there.

In the end, it would be for their good.

I can't help but admire their attitude despite all of the "if's" that surrounded them.

"Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed. "  (D&C 123:17)

I think about standing still, about seeing the salvation of God, about waiting for his arm to be revealed, and I can't help but be reminded of Moses, and this journey that is about to come full circle.  We were taught this principle on January 20, 2012 in a post entitled Wade in With Both Feet.

I am reminded how God doesn't change.  How the promises He gave to the people of Moses, He gave also to the people of Joseph in 1839.  It is the same promise He extends to us today.

Waste and wear out your lives.

Hold on your way.

Cheerfully.

And then...

Stand still.

The Lord knows what to do.

All of these experiences shall be for thy good.

No matter whether.

Despite the possibility.

If...

Emily Freeman