Archive for February, 2011

The Feast of Love

1. Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish;
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts; here tell your anguish.
Earth has no sorrow that heav’n cannot heal.

2. Joy of the desolate, Light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that heav’n cannot cure.”

3. Here see the Bread of Life; see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heav’n can remove.

This song has beautiful words that really describe how I’m sure we all feel. To better understand the message of the song, I’ll define some of the words. Disconsolate: so unhappy that nothing will comfort; cheerless; inconsolable. Another definition that comes to my mind when I read that is hopeless, which is how the world would be without Christ and His endless life. Languish is to lose vigor or vitality; become weak or to live under distressing conditions; to continue in a state of suffering. I can hear Christ’s eternal call for us to come unto him. Come ye inconsolable, wherever you suffer for earth has no sorrow that your Savior cannot heal!

Let’s look at verse two. Desolate is one left alone or solitary, forsaken or abandoned. People will come and go but Christ and our Father in Heaven will nvr forsake us! They continually have their arms outstretched to us, waiting for our return, which is done through penitence. Penitent is to repent; feel sorry or shame for having done wrong and willing to atone. Having such an attitude will qualify us for the grace and mercy of our Lord and Redeemer. Because of His selfless act and His resurrection, we have hope of comfort, peace, joy, knowing we’ll never be forsaken as long as we do our part in inviting Him in and following His example. We can remember that earth truly has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal!

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Nothing more constant than change

“There is nothing so unchanging, so inevitable as change itself. The things we see, touch, and feel are always changing. Relationships between friends, husband and wife, father and son, brother and sister are all dynamic, changing relationships. There is a constant that allows us to use change for our own good, and that constant is the revealed eternal truths of our Heavenly Father.” Marvin J. Ashton

How true that is! Think back over the last 5 years of your life and all of the changes that have occured. As I do so, I see myself in the second half of my junior year in high school. Now I currently live in Billings, MT as I continue to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Had I viewed a glimpse of my life now to 17 year old Sister Nielson, I doubt I would have found it possible to believe. Over those last 5 years, I have experienced many trials, challenges and struggles along with times of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment. Of course we grow and learn from the adventure of life, whether positive or negative.

Years ago, change and the unknown terrified me. Being a missionary for the LDS church is all about changes and unknown places, people and tasks. How am I handling this life of instability you might ask? My Savior, Jesus Christ is the key!

I know with all the assurity of my heart that my Savior will not fail me! Elder Holland puts it well when he encourages us all: “We have to live in such a way that we cannot do it alone anymore- where we will resort to the Lord- where we will cry ‘Without thy help, I will fall. Help me fly.’ Faith, hope, trust. Words that are associated with Jesus Christ and my relation to him. I know He will aid me in as I change, progress, grow, learn for He is constant and He is stable. If we allow, He will make us far more effective and able than we ever thought possible. We can peacefully face the uncertainty of the future when we cultivate our relationship and faith in our Lord and Savior. “Our future is as bright as our faith” (Pres. Thomas S. Monson).

Ways to develop that faith and trust:
1. Hearing the word of God (attending church weekly).
2. Reading the word of God (daily if only a verse from the Bible or Book of Mormon).
3. Obedience to God’s commandments (if you don’t know all His commandments, find them out).

I am a witness that with Christ all things are possible! Even dealing with the unknown and changes in life. “[We] can do all things through Christ who strengthens [us].” Philip 4:13