Give me this mountain


Yesterday when I heard this quote by President Eyring in General Conference, I was outside checking on the guys working on the fence. They had the radio broadcasting conference. I repeated this quote to Jimmy as I walked by him. I love this example. Wasn’t President Kimball just about perfect? He reminds me of Job … so many hard physical trials, death of his dear sweet mother as a little boy, so short in stature… but such a spiritual giant. His example makes me want to try harder to thrive in spite of hard times.

Then…
last night about 10 p.m. when my body ached with weariness and I was finishing up the dishes, shining the kitchen sink like a good FlyLady ought, and chatting with Jimmy about Priesthood session … my thought was for a split second…

it seems so easy to choose a life of ease

but…

My heart tells me this is a sad, unfulfilling, lonesome life.
Too bad Satan makes it seem so appealing to have a life of ease.

What about the JOY in seeing children learn something new…
the LOVE between husband and wife…
the LAUGHTER with silly children…
the KNOWLEDGE that you are assisting in part of God’s plan…
the ACCOMPLISHMENT that finally comes from a long hard task finished…
the PEACE from doing our best to live the gospel and make righteous choices to follow God instead of Satan…
the REASSURANCE that all is safely gathered in
(after a long day of working outside, Jimmy went to Priesthood session, and then came home and organized the food storage I had purchased yesterday morning. I wanted him to stop working so I could too (without feeling guilty)! But it’s good to feel settled knowing we’re making efforts to BE PREPARED)

So – in many ways I appreciate the mountains and the challenges because they make MORE of me and my life. But when I’m weary, I sometimes want to choose an easy life. I like this scripture which reminds me to press forward… for the reward is worth it.

“Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.” D&C 64: 33-34

Dallin H. Oaks talk on SACRIFICE was great. I loved that message.

Anyhoo… random… but a reminder that all the HARD things are worth it, in the end.

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