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Heavy Load

 

     Recently I saw a picture of an old woman in Russia carrying what seemed to be an impossibly heavy load.  The sacks on her back were huge.  She was bent over at the waist from all that weight.  Each step came slowly and painfully.  You wish you could reach out and help her.

      Many Mormons are like that woman – with one huge difference.  Many put up a brave front and don’t look as if they are burdened.  But many are – especially if they take seriously all of Mormonism’s demands.  Keeping a journal, doing all their genealogy work, maintaining a year’s supply of food and other essentials, faithfully reading the scriptures, regularly doing their temple work, fulfilling all their responsibilities at home and at church – there’s no end. 

     But what really weighs them down is the thought that their eternal destiny is riding on how faithfully they do all these things.  The more faithfully they work here, the further they will progress in eternity.  That’s a heavy burden for many Mormons.

     We can’t help that Russian woman with her burdens, but we can help our Mormon friends with their burdens.  We can point them to Jesus, the Burden – bearer.  We can tell them how the Lord laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all.  We can tell them how Jesus invites us to cast all our cares on him.  And we can show them the joy of living a life free from the burden of trying to earn our place in heaven – a joy we have because Jesus has carried our burden for us.

     

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2 Responses to “Heavy Load”


  1. August 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    LDS doctrine is not a list of things to avoid and things to do. Instead we follow the teachings of Christ to change our thoughts, actions, and character to be in-line with His example. It is the same as is taught by the parable of the talents. We believe this life is to be spent doing good, developing our talents, and using our God given resources to benefit others. We believe that it’s best to fill up your life with good things and then you have no reason to worry if you’re doing things that are wrong. In short to be good and faithful servants of the Lord. It’s not a heavy burden to follow these teaching of the Savior. In fact it’s just the opposite, it’s very comforting to know how we should spend our time here. And when the burden is beyond our ability the Savior offers to carry the cross for us.

    What I can’t understand is why you want to stop us from doing good? Doesn’t the world have enough people that don’t go about doing good already? The fact is that the Lord uses His servants on earth to do His work. Perhaps instead of this banter we could share ideas on ways to strength homes, families, marriages and our country? Are you familiar with the LDS welfare program? It’s a truly amazing thing, perhaps the best managed welfare organization in the world. Maybe you’d like to help us in helping the needy throughout the world? There’s a lot of work to be done, but joining in doesn’t remove the peace of the Lord, instead it brings it.

    “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matt. 16: 25)

  2. August 1, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Mark,
    What is the laundry list for your Faith?
    Is not keeping the commandments of Christ a part of that?

    I would urge you to invest more time in asking people what they beleive and how they live their beleifs than assuming that People do everything their church suggests.
    I would consider these suggestions very carefully, then the conclusion I could see is thet it is not some requirement toat your “Salvation” depends upon, but these suggestions are so you can fulfill some personal goals and better oneself.

    Take it from a list of chores if you want. do you wash dishes and get no bennifit? No, you get clean dishes out of it. Do you clean your room, or do the laundry and receive no reward? No, you get to live in a clean space and have clean cloths to wear. These are things that must be done, not for one’s “salvation” (as that is immeteral at the point of these things) but they each have a direct reward associated to them and they have a correalation to the bennifitual life we live as humanbeings.

    Do you sit around and have no tast to employ your time? If so, I urge you to seek out the example the Savior set for us all, for he did not sit upon his laurels and think of himself, no he thought of others and went and did.

    Nothing you have mentioned is a burden, nor is it a requirement for anything but the work getting done. Again it is not burdensom to do, for the rewards are yet great and incalculatable.
    As an example, what do you think the course would be if you did not use clean dishes to eat from, nor wear clean cloths, and in squaler and disary lived out that meger existance? How long do you think that life would be, and at what cost of quality?

    I do so back Reggie’s statment, but this is another side to that coin.

    God bless,
    -D


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