Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Stand

"Brethren and sisters, there are some things that you and I ought to think about.  The time is come when it behooves every man and every woman to know for themselves in relation to the foundation on which they stand.  We should all strive to get a little nearer to the Lord...It is the privilege of every Latter-Day Saint." (Lorenzo Snow, Chapter 3) When our home was being built we would stop by every evening to watch the progress.

One evening we came just after the footings had been laid, but before the cement floor had been poured.

We talked about foundations as we stood there in a circle.   We told our children that if the foundation was firm it would provide a base for something to stand on, ––our home.

It is the same with a testimony, if our testimony is firm it gives a solid base for us to stand on.

We wanted to remember that a firm foundation would allow us to stand for what we believed in and we talked about what would make our foundation firm.

We came up with an acronym, Scriptures Testimony And Prayer Night and Day ––STAND.

Then we each took off one of our shoes, and we buried it in the ground next to one of the footings.  The next day they poured cement over the hole.  The shoes remain buried inside our foundation today as a reminder of the testimony of the covenant we made ––to stand.

Lorenzo Snow said, "every man has got to learn to stand upon his own knowledge; he cannot depend upon his neighbor; every man must be independent; he must depend upon his God for himself entirely."

I love this thought of standing and depending upon God entirely.

It reminds me of one of my favorite hymns.  It is the only hymn I know of that is written from the perspective of God speaking to His children.

It is one of my most favorites.  “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed, For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.”  (How Firm a Foundation, emphasis added)