"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.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Sam and Frodo: Our relationship with Heavenly Father
Throughout the book you follow the adventures of Frodo and Sam after they separate from the fellowship. Their quest to Mordor is not an easy one. It is one full of trial and tribulation. It is one full of betrayal and burden. Their leader Smeagol takes them down through the tunnels of Shelob's lair. He plans to betray them. Before they get to the tunnel, Sam overhears Smeagol's plot to kill them. As he alerts Frodo, frodo won't listen. He tells Sam that Sam doesn't know what he and Smeagol are going through, what the ring has done to them. He ends by saying, "You can't help me anymore." Sam says, "You don't mean that." Then Frodo withdraws from the friendship of Sam by commanding, "GO HOME!"
Many times in our lives we are like Frodo. Our Sam, Heavenly Father, warns us of many of the perils of this life. we knew him before this life and our friendship grows even stronger as we push through trials and adversity. but the great Betrayer, Satan, the father of lies, sometimes leads us on what we think are safe paths. Heavenly Father sees the dangers ahead and warns us accordingly. but how often are we like Frodo telling our Heavenly Father that he doesn't understand, telling him to go home? At that time the Spirit of God backs off. And we are left with the betrayer. The prophet Ezekiel talks about this when he says, "Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head" (Ezekiel 33:4). As we get closer and closer to danger and the betrayer leaves our side, we then are turned to the Lord. At that moment the Lord can help us through the situation, but only after we repent. And just like Sam the Lord is there to help us and carry us through the trial.