Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
They then create a fellowship. They don't know what else is in store for them.
Navigating through the lands of Elves, Men, and Demons; crossing through the mines of Moria; and battling with Orks and Uruk Hai, Frodo realizes that this quest is almost impossibly hard. In one of the battles, he looks over to Sam and says, "I can't do this, Sam."
Sam replies, "I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something."
To that Frodo asks, "What are we holding onto, Sam?"
Sam tells him, "That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for."
As we are beset by the obstacles we encounter along our journey through earth, we must in hold onto the same thing that gave Frodo and Sam so much strength. No matter how hard our lives are, we have a hope of eternal life. Ether in the Book of Mormon stated it best when he said:
"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God" (Ether 12:4). If we hold onto this hope, we will one day complete our mission in this life, "to prepare to meet God" (Alma 34:32).
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Our lives also began before we came to Earth. We lived with our Father in Heaven, grew there as his spirit children (Proverbs 8:22-30), and were taught God's wonderful Plan of Hapiness for us. But, just as most of us needed to leave home when we grow up, God knew we needed to do the same. He knew we couldn’t progress unless we left for a while.
And so it was with Frodo; while in the shire, Bilbo Baggins celebrated his eleventy-first birthday on the same day, that Frodo celebrated his 33rd birthday (his 'coming of age';) then it was time for Frodo to leave the Shire. After inheriting the ring from Bilbo, Frodo was sent on a quest that would effect his eternal destiny.
But Frodo didn't leave the Shire alone, and neither do we. Although we cannot see God, or remember the home we left, he has given us his Spirit to guide us on our journey back to him.
Friday, June 17, 2011
This Blog is a blog about how Lord of the Rings, the famed book series by J.R.R. Tolkien, relates to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In this blog we will look at many of the similarities between this epic story and our lives as children of God. We invite all men everywhere to read this blog and ponder on the message that the Lord of the Rings can teach us about our Savior Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about the gospel, contact us on facebook.com or comment on our blog. Elder Miller and I are very excited to be talking to people about something we love via Lord of the Rings, one of my favorite book series of all time.