"One blog to rule them all, one blog to find them, one blog to teach them all, and in the waters baptize them" -A variation on a quote given by Elder Gideon Holbrook.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Into the West: Our Journey Back Home
At the end of Frodo's journey, After peace had been established in the land and the ring was destroyed, we find Frodo taking a journey into the west to the Undying lands. He had completed his mortal quest, and met every obstacle with resilient courage. He succeeded in what seemed like an impossible journey, and because of such he was given a sacred privilege; to live the remainder of his life among the elves.
It was Frodo's purity of heart and selfless character that qualified him for that great privilege, and we, like Frodo, after we complete our mortal quest, if we met it with courage and demonstrated our trust in the saving power of Jesus Christ by following his example, we will gain a similar reward.
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma speaks about what happens after we finish our mortal journey. He says:
"And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
This is the reward promised us if we follow the teachings of Christ. And doesn't that sound great?!
So, if we, like Frodo, press forward "with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men...[we] shall have eternal life" (2 Ne. 31:20).