Sunday, July 24, 2011

Come Follow Me!

"And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.  And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.  And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.  And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.  And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him."  Matthew 4:18-22

Today is July 24th.  This is a special day for members of the LDS church.  July 24, 1847 is the day that Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, in what is now Utah.  Therefore, I feel that my Sunday Scripture post should be about Pioneers.

As a descendant of Mormon pioneers.  I am very proud of my heritage and so very grateful for my ancestors who gave so much for the love of God and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I find a lot of strength and comfort from their faith, strength, and willingness to follow what they knew to be true.  They left their homes, their businesses, and everything they had, to follow the Lord. 

Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, said; “A dictionary defines a pioneer as ‘one who goes before, showing others the way to follow.’ Oh, how the world needs pioneers today!”

I love the words of the Primary song, "To Be a Pioneer".
     "You don't have to push a hand-cart, leave your family dear, or walk a 1,000 miles or more to be a Pioneer.  You do need to have great courage, faith to conquer fear, and work with might for a cause that's right to be a Pioneer." 
"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." Deuteronomy 31:6

Happy Pioneer Day!  Let's all be Pioneers for the cause of good in our lives!

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