Monday, January 12, 2009

In Honor of Those Who Came Before

We had a lesson in Relief Society yesterday on Zion's Camp.We learned about the trials that those who volunteered for this effort faced, and the blessings they received for their sacrifices, and about leading our homes. It was brought to our mind about the long journey they faced, and what they were forced to eat and drink...spoiled milk and meat, and water that they strained "the wigglers" out of. Those who participated in Zion's Camp ended up being the leaders of the Church and brought those often unready pioneers across the plains and established the Church in Salt Lake City, so it could grow to be the worldwide Church we enjoy being a member of today. What trying times they endured so that my husband and I can be sealed for time and all eternity, and for us to be able to attend church each Sunday.
Then, this morning, I read Allison's blog and learned about our sweet little Grace being so very ill, and how thankful we are for doctors, for hospitals, for medicines that can ease our pain and cure our ills. So many had to sacrifice so much. I also thought about how difficult it must have been for the pioneers to leave their lives to establish themselves in the West. They often left those they loved, knowing they probably would never see them again. Even letters took forever to be received. Here, we can know about Grace right away, pray for her, and within a few hours know that she is well because Allison can email us. And, if we need to, we can fly there in a few hours, drive there in five hours. So much to be thankful for, and so much to thank those that sacrificed so we all can have what we have!

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