***DON’T WORRY! I WILL GO BACK TO MY USUAL FORMAT NEXT WEEK! I CHANGED THE INTRO, I’M FINE!! REALLY!! I JUST FELT THE SCRIPTURES NEEDED TO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES THIS WEEK. LOVE YOU. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME ANY MORE.****
In this episode, I read the scriptures for the week with no commentary of my own. I also included two talks. Henry B Eyring, Finding Safety in Counsel and Virginia U Jensen Come Listen to a Prophets Voice.
For the Saints in the 1830s, Independence, Missouri, was literally the promised land. It was “the center place” of Zion (see Doctrine and Covenants 57:3)—the city of God on earth—which they were making great sacrifices to build. To them, the gathering of Saints there was an exciting and glorious prelude to the Second Coming. But their neighbors in the area saw things differently. They took issue with the claim that God had given the land to the Sai nts, and they were uncomfortable with the political, economic, and social consequences of so many people from an unfamiliar religion moving into the area so quickly. Soon concern turned into threats, and threats turned into persecution and violence. In July 1833, the Church’s printing office was destroyed, and in November the Saints were forced to abandon their homes in Jackson County, Missouri.
Joseph Smith was over 800 miles away in Kirtland, and this news took weeks to reach him. But the Lord knew what was happening, and He revealed to His Prophet principles of peace and encouragement that would comfort the Saints—principles that can also help us when we face persecution, when our righteous desires go unfulfilled, or when we need a reminder that our daily afflictions will eventually, somehow, “work together for [our] good” (Doctrine and Covenants 98:3).
Very interesting choice of talks for us to listen to this week – from Elder Holland