“It is for us to do our duty and live our religion on one day the same as any other. Let us serve the Lord in righteousness all the day long and He will be our Father and Friend, and our enemies shall have no power over us” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 417).
1847 - The first Pioneer company arrived at Independence Rock and took the time to look it over before moving on. About one mile below it they forded the Sweetwater River which was running high due to melting snow, making the crossing difficult. They then traveled to Devil’s Gate, camping one mile to the west on the banks of the Sweetwater River.
The natural consequence of truly coming to know God is the desire to emulate Him, change our nature to resemble Him, and have a close relationship and fellowship with Him, that will extend into the eternities.
She stated, “I was troubled a great deal after my marriage about religion. We belonged to the Methodist Church and had been married by a Methodist minister, but I didn’t feel satisfied with what that church taught. . . After our first baby came, I fretted more than ever. I was desirous that my baby should be brought up in the right church. . . . But I was not satisfied, so one night in my prayers, I asked the Lord to show me in some way if I belonged to the right church. That night I dreamed of seeing a lot of people being baptized in a way I had never seen before. . . . I was anxious the next day to learn which church baptized in that way. . . . I was very disappointed to learn that none of the churches baptized in that way, because I was sure that my dream was an answer to my prayer.”
As we stop and ponder our own busy life, perhaps it is time to follow Alma's example and realize we cannot do it all. We too are only human and must make choices based on gospel principles, and under the influence of the Spirit, decide what is most important from an eternal perspective.