Emily Belle Freeman



Preparing For the Walk

Ezekiel 16:53 - Ezekiel 20:40

This post will contain a thought from the reading, updated information about the walk, and instructions on what you will need to bring with you if you are joining us on the morning of June 23.

First, a thought...

Several months ago I went for a walk with my husband in Cancun, Mexico.

We walked around a bend and came upon the most interesting wall I have ever seen.

It was not a beautiful wall.

The structure was made out of tan cinderblocks held together with grey mortar.

The mortar job was one of the messiest I have ever seen.

The grey cement was not confined to its place, but dripped all the way down the side of the wall.  Across the top of the wall someone had placed shards of broken glass and mirrors to dissuade anyone from climbing over.

The site was so out of the ordinary that I took a picture of it before we continued our walk.

Reading Ezekiel reminded me of the wall.

"...and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:  Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall... Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?"  (Ezekiel 13:10-12)

It makes you wonder, what was the untempered morter, the daubing?

A hint can be found in Ezekiel 22:28, "And the prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken."

The untempered morter came from false prophets who spoke lies, who were filled with self-absorption and pride, who said they were speaking for God.  They were not.

A wall built with this type of morter cannot stand.  It lacks strength.  It is messy.  It is built to dissuade.

I don't want to make the same mistake so I ask myself, what is my mortar?  

I can't help but think of the words of holy prophets.  Those who speak to us today and those who have gone before.

Immediately my heart fills with gratitude to think of this journey we are on...this quest to study the scriptures every single day this year.

The words are becoming our mortar.

On June 23, 2012 we will finish the Old Testament, then on June 24, 2012 we will begin the New Testament as we continue with our goal to read 7 pages a day.

Our reading has led us to discover the evidences of the hand of the Lord in the lives of His people.

These evidences are becoming the strength behind our mortar.

In celebration of these evidences we are about to take a 13.1 mile journey.

More than just a half marathon, this walk will include several stops where we will take a few minutes to discuss the Deliverer of the Old Testament, and the Savior of the New Testament.  We will ponder the tender mercies contained in the Book of Mormon, and the call to action extended in the Doctrine and Covenants.  We will speak about the evidences.

Remarkably, people from all over the World are asking to join this journey.

Some will walk with us here in Highland, Utah; others will join us that day walking a route in the area in which they currently live.  Groups are being organized in places like Oregon, Nevada, California, and Nova Scotia, Canada.

Hemaima Tait from New Zealand wrote, “I live in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand and two weeks ago invited the Kaikohe Stake Relief Society to pick up the scriptures and read and then take up their shoes and walk with me on the 23 of June. So far 20 sisters have signed up to walk.  I have been inspired by the journey and am filled with hope and resolve as my love for the scriptures has taken the place of pride in my day. Walking and reading the scriptures has added oil to my lamp daily, and getting a sense of the participation of others around the world has strengthened me greatly.  I have found enormous spiritual strength through this journey ––each day a walk of faith.”

I love the thought of friends gathering all over the world on June 23, 2012 to celebrate the power of the Scriptures and to recognize the evidences of the hand of the Lord in our lives.

I find strength therein.

This experience is adding daily to my mortar.

Here are some details for those joining us for the walk on June 23:

PLEASE RSVP UNDER THE CONTACT TAB FOUND IN THE MENU BAR: ...thank you for taking the time to do this ––the cities in which we are walking have asked us for a count of how many will be joining us in Highland, Utah on that day.  If you are planning your own walk, please contact me also...I would love to send you our schedule for the walk and some bracelets for any who will be walking with you.

Date: June 23, 2012 Time: 6:45AM Place: Highland, Utah (exact address will be posted on this blog on Monday, June 11, 2012) Length: 13.1 miles

Items you will need to bring: small, inexpensive paper notebook or you can bring a journal (see this post for more information) pen

Each walker will also need to bring: 4 water or gatorade bottles 2 granola bars 2 pieces of fruit 1 small bag frozen snickers (per group)

These items will be placed in ice coolers in the Rescue Vehicle and will be handed out at different stops along the way.

So looking forward to seeing all of you!


Emily Freeman