Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lots of Rocks

     A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.
     This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing it with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore, and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
     Noticing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, the adversary decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s weary mind. “You have been pushing against this rock for a long time, and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it.” This gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These troubling thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. “Why kill myself over this?” I’ll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort and that will be good enough.
     And that is what he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his thoughts to the Lord. “Lord” he said, “I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even been able to budge that rock. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”
     The Lord responded compassionately, “My friend, When I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?”
     “Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in my wisdom. This you have done. I, my friend, will now move the rock.”

Author Unknown

     Most people who read this story focus on the aspect that the man pushing the rock prayed. Yes that is a good way to see it but a different to see it would be to focus on the almost last sentence. "Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities  now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven't moved the rock." 
     "For there must needs be opposition in all things. If not, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad." 2 Nephi 2:11 We sometimes may spend everyday pushing against rocks and seem to go no where. In doing the Lord's work I sometimes feel like I am that man pushing the giant rock. I there remember this is God's work. If I need to is push what seems to be an immovable rock then so be it.
     This work is amazing! Lives are being changed. Let the Gospel of Jesus Christ change your life. Read a Book of Mormon and then ask if it is true. Ask God if the man who translated it by the power of God is His prophet. Then once you get your answer act upon it. Do what the Lord tells you to do even if that means pushing on rocks.  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

What are we waiting for?

     "This can be our experience if we move forward with faith and do not wait too long on the road to Damascus." Dieter F Uchtdorf

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


"And when you dream, dream big, As big as the ocean blue." 
Ryan Shoupe
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." 
Maya Angelou
"Life is short, live bold! Be heard, be you, dream big, take risks, don’t wait!" 
Misty Gibbs
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." 
"For of all sad words of tongue or pen, 
The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'" 
John Greenleaf Whittier
"Make no small plans: 
They have no magic
 to stir men's soul's Souls. 
This is the vision I have..."
President Spencer W Kimball

     Do not let yourself be the cause of being trapped under the imaginary ceiling of "I can't do this" or "I can't do that." We have been told many times in the words of the Prophets that anything is possible if we but have faith in Christ. "And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me Ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me." Moroni 7:33