Author: chrisbissett

Little Stones That Shine

Living the gospel is hard. In D&C 64:33 the Lord comforts us, asking us to “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.” But I have to admit, there are days when I do feel “weary in well-doing;” overwhelmed and frustrated with my own progress and the progress of others. The Book of Mormon, as always, gives me some much needed insight and strength. The Jaredite voyage in the book of Ether is a very compelling story to me, and seems to be perfectly applicable to my difficult days. It is rich with symbolism regarding our own journeys across the impossible ocean of mortal life towards heaven. Each of us have landed ourselves on earth and are set on a course to the “land of promise” (Ether 2:7) and like the Brother of Jared, we all face challenges on this journey. We begin with the Brother of Jared building wooden barges on the seashore. We know by reading that those barges were peaked at the ends, the length of the tree, and “tight like unto a dish.” I can’t help but wonder who on earth would get in those pitch dark, suffocating, “tight like unto a dish” barges, with no steering, no air, and only a vague hope of being blown across...

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The New Pioneer Movement

“This Church moves forward into some unknown and difficult territories. We all must grapple with our faith as we do so, but I am certain that future Saints, especially our own children and grandchildren, will be blessed for it. Today as we are called to expand into the new frontier, we are learning to thrive in places that the world pronounces uninhabitable.”

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