"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." - Matthew 6:21

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."   - Matthew 6:21
This is a journal of my thoughts and impressions while reading the scriptures. There is no particular format or order. Please feel free to comment.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"That they could bear up their burdens with ease"

Sometimes when we turn to the Lord in the midst of our trials, he helps us not by removing the burden, but by strengthening our back and shoulders so that the burden seems light. As Alma and his people sought relief and assistance from the Lord in their faithfulness, their burdens were made light - not removed, at least for a while, but made light.

"And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord." - Mosiah 24:15

It can be a tough pill to swallow in having to accept that our burdens may not be removed, perhaps ever in this life, but that relief can come through the Lord making us stronger and more able to deal with them. We are promised that by becoming stronger, physically and spiritually, by developing more patience, and by putting our trust on the Lord, we will be able to bear the burdens, and we will, eventually, be delivered.

"And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage." - Mosiah 24:16

There once was a boy who responded to a question about the burden of carrying his brother on his back, answering, "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." His burden must have been lightened by the love he had for his brother. Likewise, our burdens can be lightened by the love we have for our brother, Jesus Christ.

"Turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart"

That has got to be the key to all success in this life - turning to the Lord with full purpose of heart.

Such was the message given by King Limhi while speaking to his people after Ammon and others came and offered help in being freed from the bondage of the Lamanites. The people had fallen into wickedness and were overtaken by the Lamanites, being subjected to them in work and grievous taxes. But hope had arrived, and the key to their relief was given: Turn to the Lord.

"But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage." - Mosiah 7:33

It is a simple and beautiful message, but one which sometimes seems hard to absorb and follow. Can I be freed from the bondage of my trials by turning to the Lord?

It's worth a try.