(10-15) Emmanuella:“Faith in the Atonement Being Written in our Hearts” / General Relief Society Meeting talk by Linda K. Burton.
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
| Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
| In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
| Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
| other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
| that during the low periods of my life,
| when I was suffering from
| anguish, sorrow or defeat,
| I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
| the most trying periods of my life
| there have only been one
| set of footprints in the sand.
| Why, when I needed you most,
| you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
| "The times when you have
| seen only one set of footprints,
| is when I carried you."
In the book of Jeremiah, we learned that Jeremiah lived in a difficult time and place, but the Lord allowed him to see “a time of hope during the latter-day gathering of Israel”2—our day. In the scriptures, we read “After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. …They shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”3 From that, I assume that we are the people Jeremiah saw. Now we should ask ourselves these questions….Have we invited the Lord to write the law, or doctrine, in our hearts? Do we believe that the forgiveness available through the Atonement that Jeremiah refers to applies to us personally? Our answers to all these questions should be yes because its only thru the antonement of Chris that we can be saved and return to our father in heaven.
A few years ago, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland shared his feelings about the faith of the many hardworking pioneers who pushed and walked toward the Salt Lake Valley. Most had to buried and leave thie love ones behind, Even after the deaths of their children. They didn’t do that for a program, they didn’t do it because it was fun or even because the wanted to at times, they did it because the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ was in their soul, it was in the marrow of their bones.” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said “That’s the only way those mothers could bury [their babies] in a snow and move on “They could say that because of covenants and doctrine and faith and revelation and spirit.” He continued on saying “If we can keep that in our families and in the Church, maybe a lot of other things start to take care of themselves. Maybe a lot of other less-needed things sort of fall out of the wagon. I’m told those handcarts could only hold so much. Just as our ancestors had to choose what they took, maybe the 21st century will drive us to decide, ‘What can we put on our handcart?’ It’s the substance of our soul; it’s the stuff right down in the marrow of our bones.”4 Or, to put it another way, it is what is written in our hearts!
Since we are all sons and daughters of our heavenly father, he has...
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