Saturday, July 12, 2008
Well friends, I'll be a taking a brief hiatus from blogging as I'll be spending 24-7 during the next few weeks working with teenage girls in the Especially For Youth program at BYU. Wish me luck! I have wanted to get involved in this spiritual camp for years, and I finally start tomorrow! I'm a little nervous, just because it's something new, but I am excited to get to work with teenagers in a way that is so different from my relationship with them at school.
To top it all off, I LOVE the theme for this year, which is "Steady and Sure." It comes from Mosiah 5:15--
"Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen."
There is so much to talk about in relation to that single verse: so many analogies to be drawn, so many scriptures to cross-reference, so many quotes from general authorities to examine. I have learned so much as I have prepared lessons over the last month. The scriptures truly are limitless and do open up new worlds of understanding when we delve into them. I'm sure in the next few weeks I'll learn even more than I ever thought possible about this topic, but for now I'll end this entry with a thought I've had in regards to the theme--
Jesus Christ is the rock of my salvation. Because of him, I can become exalted and receive blessings unimaginable to my mortal mind. When I rely on him, I am strong enough to weather any storm. I cannot succeed in this life on my own, but I can excel when I couple myself with Him. It has been said that humility is not a sign of weakness, rather it is evidence that we know where our true strength lies (True to the Faith). I know that God knows me individually and that he will never abandon me. He will hold me up when I have no more energy within me, and He will help me soar higher once my strength has been renewed. Of that I am sure. I will look to Him and live, sure and steadfast in His love.