Melanie Stroud

Episode 20 Doctrine and Covenants 58–59 “Anxiously Engaged in a Good Cause”

This episode includes my interview with Alissa Parker, the mother of Emilie Parker who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in 2012.

From the manual:

When the elders of the Church first saw the site of the city of Zion—Independence, Missouri—it was not what they expected. Some thought they would find a thriving, industrious community with a strong group of Saints. Instead they found a sparsely populated outpost, lacking the civilization they were used to and inhabited by rough frontier settlers rather than Saints. It turned out that the Lord wasn’t asking them just to come to Zion—He wanted them to build it.

When our expectations do not match reality, we can remember what the Lord told the Saints in 1831: “Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God … and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:3). Yes, life is full of tribulation, even wickedness, but we can “bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in [us]” (verses 27–28).

Here is a link to Alissa’s blog. Please go read it.

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3 thoughts on “Episode 20 Doctrine and Covenants 58–59 “Anxiously Engaged in a Good Cause””

  1. shannon thornton

    Hi Melanie -me again. (I just commented below on episode 19)
    I just heard something you said at the beginning of this episode (20) that I want to comment on. You were saying how your son and someone else both said “I don’t think i could do that. I don’t think I could forgive..” I just remembered an experience I had where someone did something that I had always said I could never forgive. But strangely when it happened I was able to forgive and I realized that it was Christ who had planted the forgiving heart inside of me just at the moment when I needed it. Of course, that couldn’t have happened without a willingness from me, but I know that it was only through the power of His atonement that I was able to forgive. So, of course, we CANNOT forgive some people on our own. Because we have to allow Christ to put that forgiveness in our heart (if we are willing) – He IS the WAY, the truth and the light. Thanks again for sharing each week!

    1. Melanie Wellman

      You are 100% correct! I think sometimes it’s almost impossible to forgive on our own. We have to have Christ give us that added help. Always!

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