Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

With Haste

This weekend my mind has been caught up in the word hasten. We discussed it at our Stake Conference on Saturday night.  Our discussion included learning from the text of several scriptures.  Our Stake President asked us what we thought the word meant.

The common consensus was to run or to hurry.

I went home considering that definition...but I felt there was more to it than just that.  Because succor can be defined by the phrase "run to help."  So what is the difference between succor and hasten?

Perhaps succor means to run with compassion.

Then what would hasten mean?

The thought process led me to the dictionary and I learned something important.

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Hasten means to run with urgency.

I thought of the message from our beloved prophet that the Lord is hastening His work, and I feel the urgency.

The Church is a blessing in my life.  A place of refuge and safety.  A place where I turn for peace and comfort.  A place that offers strength.

As I listened to conference last night I felt the promptings come that there are those I know who need those blessings right now.

I need to share those blessings.

This coming unto Christ with haste is not a new principle.  Peter and John ran to the tomb.  The shepherds came with haste to find the babe in the manger.  The Nephites came with haste to hear the Lord.

The urgency with which they came allowed blessings into their life...blessings that only the Lord could bring.

The same is true for us.

Do you feel the hastening?

Is there someone you know who needs this blessings?

The Lord will help you in your efforts to bring souls unto Him.

All you have to do is ask.