My Life in Zion

The life and views of a Latter-day Saint in the 21st Century…

Holding to the Rod

hold to the rod the iron rod

It’s 12:30 in the morning and my fiance and I are just finishing scripture study over the phone. 77 days until we’re married and the time is flying by. Most nights we Google Video Chat, but tonight the wifi wasn’t very good. So it was all over the phone.

I just love scripture study with Anna Melissa.

It’s been a tough week.

Actually, it’s been a tough couple of weeks for us, both individually and collectively as a couple.

It’s funny how very strongly the adversary fights against the things that are right. We could literally write a novel or two at this point about the trials we have faced together. Earlier this week I emailed Anna Melissa after we had studied our scriptures and I told her I didn’t know what the next day would hold, but I was sure that it would be exciting.

My self fulfilled prophecy came to pass when the next night we both cried ourselves to sleep over another bump in the road on our path to a temple marriage.

Why is life so hard? Why are there struggles? Why do good people have bad days, weeks, and months? Why is life so blissfully easy for some and so damning and dreadful for others?

I don’t know.

I always quote from a wise sister missionary from my mission who said meekly in a district meeting,

“The difference between a crisis and an adventure is our attitude.”

I still remember her pausing and pursing her lips as she spoke to us, then said simply,

“I choose to live every day as an adventurer.”

And so it is with me. I’ve made that my personal mantra and likewise face each day with a feeling of adventure.

It’s not always easy to do the right thing. There are always challenges. And for my wonderful fiance and I we have faced one challenge after another. Perhaps some day I will summarize them in the longest, most complicated, epically crazy blog post ever, but for now let if suffice to say that God does indeed work miracles.

We worship a living, very real, and very personal God. And each day as Anna Melissa and I get closer to our marriage my testimony is built stronger of just how very much He wants to be a part of our lives and our future family’s lives.

Holding to the rod, the amazing word of God, is what brings peace at the end of each day. The stirring hymn says it best when it says that the scriptures

“‘Twill safely guide you through.”

– “Hold to the Rod”; Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints #247

Through every trial, joy, pain, crisis, achievement, mundane day or murky night, the scriptures are there to guide and give us living waters to drink from.

If it weren’t for them, I have no idea where I would be.

But I know one thing for sure, and that is that I would not be just 77 days away from marrying my best friend.

The gospel rocks.

 

– Stan

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