Last Saturday evening Vaughn and I were sitting outside in a beautiful backyard with many good friends listening to an astronomer talk about some of the wonders in the heavens. One of the things he mentioned was that the day spanning from noon that day until noon the next day was a holy day on three calendars (which all count the days from noon one day to noon the next day).
Also, each day is associated with a star. The star that day was associated with represents the birth of the Kingdom of God.
The name of the star means “Joy.”
Within that day, from noon Saturday until noon Sunday, we participated in things that are likely the most important things to happen to us so far. On Saturday, we accepted the recovered scriptures that I talked about in my last blog post.
On Sunday, we stood and said “yes” to a Covenant the Lord offered. Here are the words of that Covenant:
“First: Do you believe all the words of the Lord which have been read to you this day, and know them to be true and from the Lord Jesus Christ who has condescended to provide them to you, and do you covenant with Him to cease to do evil and to seek to continually do good?
Second: Do you have faith in these things and receive the scriptures approved by the Lord as a standard to govern you in your daily walk in life, to accept the obligations established by the Book of Mormon as a covenant and to use the scriptures to correct yourselves and to guide your words, thoughts and deeds?
Third: Do you agree to assist all others who covenant to likewise accept this standard to govern their lives to keep the Lord’s will, to succor those who stand in need, to lighten the burdens of your brothers and sisters whenever you are able, and to help care for the poor among you?
Fourth: And do you covenant to seek to become of one heart with those who seek the Lord to establish His righteousness?”
Since Sunday, and accepting the Covenant the Lord offered, there has been a calm within me of a quality that I don’t remember ever feeling before.
My gratitude to the Lord for the careful, gentle way He has led me throughout my life is huge. It is a marvel to me to look back and remember all the things the Lord has shown me to lead me along to this, which is what I have desired, but knew not where to find it. Now, on to living it!
It is a great joy to me.
Here are the video recordings of the two meetings I was at over the weekend. The first was Saturday afternoon at a park in Boise, ID. The second was Sunday morning at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise where the Covenant was offered:
More about the whole thing can be found here.