Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

It Mattereth Not

D&C 63:34 - D&C 66:13

Several years ago my husband and I learned an interesting lesson that I haven't forgotten.

We were in the middle of choosing between two job opportunities.  The choice was hard, because both had similar pros and cons.

After several days of indecision my husband asked our Bishop for a blessing.  The counsel in the blessing really surprised me ––he was told that either opportunity would be fine.

It wasn't the direction we had expected, and I found myself wondering if that really was the right answer.

A few days after that blessing I was reading through the Doctrine and Covenants and I noticed a phrase that caught my attention.

"It mattereth not unto me, after a little, if it so be that they fill their mission, whether they go by water or by land...Wherefore, let him do as the Spirit of the living God commandeth him,whether upon the land or upon the waters..." (D&C 61:22 & 28)

"And then you may return to bear record, yea, even altogether, or two by two, as seemeth you good, it mattereth not unto me..." (D&C 62:5)

"And let all the moneys which can be spared, it mattereth not unto me whether it be little or much..." (D&C 63:40)

It mattereth not...if it so be that they fill their mission...let him do as the Spirit of God commands...

It became clear as I was reading that sometimes the Lord really does send that answer.

Either is fine, it mattereth not.

What was important was fulfilling the mission...but there was flexibility in how that might be accomplished.  We are not left alone to decide, the Spirit will still be there to guide us...but more than one course is acceptable to the Lord.

"And unto you is given the course...or the way...to journey."  (D&C 61:29)

"As seemeth you good..."  (D&C 62:5)

Some life moments require us to stretch, to make good decisions based on our own research and ingenuity.  In that moment we are like the Brother of Jared, staring at the barge in front of us, fully aware of the darkness that fills the inside.

How many of us are willing to climb the highest mount, molten the sixteen stones, and then kneel before the Lord with the workmanship of our hands spread out there before us?

"What will ye that I should do that ye may have light?"  (Ether 2:23)

In those moments we begin to realize how much the Lord trusts in us.  How much He believes in us.

In the good we can do as we are led by the Spirit to do as seemeth us good.

"Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.  And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward."  (D&C 58:28)

The power is in you.

Listen to the quiet whisperings of the Spirit and then determine the way to journey...

"As seemeth you good..."  (D&C 62:5)

 

Emily Freeman