Thursday, June 23, 2011

Middle Earth: Our Life on Earth

So Frodo and Sam have left the comfort of the Shire. they walk into the unknown. Their trail to meet up with Gandolf again would continue to try and test them. They are chased by ringwraiths who nearly destroy them as they mistakingly light a fire to cook food. The ringwraiths, who were once men overcome with pride an power to the destruction of their souls, are now under the control of Sauron. Their ultimate purpose is to get the ring and they seek the bearer of the ring. They stab Frodo but are scared away by the mystical Strider. They get to Rivendale, where they find out the true nature of the ring and that it must be destroyed.

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).

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