Monday, November 10, 2008

Prophets and such

This week I am grateful for Prophets and counsel from those who represent Heavenly Father. We have heeded his counsel and put the morality issue of marriage front and center. Now we are feeling the fallout. Our temples and churchs are being picketed. The demonstrators are loud and vulgar. They try to block the temple entrance and some of the members have been frightened and intimidated. Sunday we were told to be prepared for agressive demonstrators, an organized effort was taking place, they would protest outside and try to disrupt the services.

We had security in place at all the buildings and at the temple. About 4:00 am we experienced a weather change. It started with a strong wind and was followed by sprinkles. By 9:00 it was pouring. Not a gentle rain, but a downpour; freezing windblown rain that made you hurry to get out of it. Umbrellas couldn't keep you dry. The result? No protestors.

As I drove up to my 'before church meetings' I noticed what had happened and thought back to the early days in Salt Lake City. The Mormon pioneers had just gotten their crops in the ground and they were starting to sprout. This was all that stood between them and starvation next winter. Crickets came in droves and was destroying the crops. The pioneers prayed and asked the Lord for help. His answer was to send Sea Gulls, by the thousands. The skies were darkened by the number of birds. The gulls ate the crickets. They ate and ate. They actually threw up and ate again. They continued until all the crickets were gone. The food supply was saved.

Sometimes the Lord sends Sea Gulls and sometimes he sends rain. Sometimes he sends crickets which became a tremendous faith promoting experience for those pioneers. Today as in yesterdays he is always aware and looking out for those who love and serve him. We really have nothing to fear.


Vidal's Nest said...

I have been so frustrated with all the ugliness and yet I feel good about people of all faiths coming together to stand for something that is good and right.
I also see it as a little bit of a blessing because it has given me such a strong desire to be better to make sure that my home is the first defense for my kids in a world that is growing more and more morally bankrupt!

Kricket said...

Thanks Ginger, for reminding us of how the Lord protects us if we are faithful.


I agree with Lauri. This whole issue has made me want to be better about FHE and teaching my children good things. I have been more cognizant of what I am watching in my home. This is a war and I plan on keeping my kids safe.

Shelli said...

I had an aha moment the other day, when my kids were all home and playing nicely together. It was so sweet and peaceful! I realized that this is the best I can do -- provide this safe haven from the storms.

Wow. We are very much in the latter days, aren't we? It isn't as scary as I thought it would be, though.