Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Where is the Good Way?

It is five weeks until The Walk. I have spent the last two weeks scouring the area in which I live for a trail that will be just right for the experience we have in mind.

Finding the right trail is important because this walk is not really about exercising, or counting miles, or athletics really, it's about creating an experience that your heart will remember for a long while.

...and although it will offer a workout for your heart, it will probably be a different workout than other walks you might have been on before.  It's a walk that will provide stretching, and reaching, and lifting in ways that might be a little more spiritual than physical.

I have been searching for a path much like the one Jeremiah described, "Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls."  (Jeremiah 6:16)

This week I finally found the good way. It is the perfect path for us to walk therein.  I can hardly wait!

It begins on a little trail that winds its way along a small river, passing through grassy areas where we will stop for a while to drink water and talk of verses that will cause us to stretch, and reach...verses that will lift our hearts.

It's a perfect trail on which to celebrate our journey.  The culmination of the Old Testament...the anticipation of beginning to read the New Testament.

This week I have been thinking that perhaps I know a friend or two who might like to read the New Testament with us when we begin reading on the evening of June 24.  I am going to invite them to the walk...it's a perfect kick-off for the journey ahead...as we begin our study of the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants between June and December 21.  Feel free to invite anyone who you think might like to join us.

Here are the details you need to know this week...

1.  If you haven't done so yet, please RSVP by emailing me on the contact me link above.  I am trying to keep track of how many people will be joining us.

2.  Some of you have contacted me about inviting your Relief Society's or friends to do a walk in your own area outside of Utah.  If you are walking with a group outside of Utah I will be contacting you by email this week with some details, ideas, and thoughts you might want to consider as you begin putting your own walks together.  I am so excited about the thought of so many different groups walking together on June 23.

3.  For those of you who will be joining us here in Utah here is the information you should put on your calendar:

Date: June 23, 2012

Time: Meet at 6:45AM

Location:  TBD

4.  Take a moment to check out the training schedule found in the menu bar above.  It is located under The Walk.  If you are not used to walking long distances, you could begin training now.  How far will we be walking?  After much debate, and with consideration of everyone who would like to participate with us, this year there will be two lengths on the walk.  We will all begin together as a group at 6:45AM.  There will be one ending place at approximately 7.5 miles.  For those who would like to participate in a longer experience, we will continue on from that point to accomplish a half marathon (13.1 miles).  Those ending at 7.5 miles should be done by about 10:00AM.  Those walking the entire length will finish about 11:30AM.

5.  Last, and most important...

Since this is a journey that will require your heart, you might want to begin preparing your heart by setting aside some time to read your scriptures every single day from now until we leave.  Monday through Friday the posts on this blog will provide thoughts on readings from the Old Testament.  As we walk we will celebrate the gift of having the scriptures in our lives.  Much like the river that will flow along the trail for most of our walk, we will contemplate the great blessing of having the Living Water flow constantly through our lives.  Our journey will be filled with thoughts about the Deliverer of the Old Testament, and the Savior of the New Testament.  We will discuss the tender mercies of the Book of Mormon, and the call to action contained in the Doctrine and Covenants.  As we do so, we will discover what Jeremiah promised...that if we find the good way, and walk therein, we will have rest for our souls.

So looking forward to walking with you!

Emily Freeman