Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Trek Prep Devotional - Troy & Jema McOmber
“I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion” Jeremiah 3:14
As we read and consider the great sacrifices and accomplishments of the Mormon pioneers, my mind often turns in reflection on some of the wonderful examples of modern-day pioneers that offer similar sacrifices in their lives to be faithful members of the church. We have heard and read stories of members in faraway places that brave the persecution of oppressive regimes to practice the gospel, and we all know of the great sacrifices made by some members of our own wards who struggle with making ends meet while striving to serve diligently in the gospel, sometimes as the only active members of their, oft-times, antagonistic families.
There will likely be members in our own ‘Trek’ families that are some of these modern-day pioneers.
While many of us may not be required to forsake our homes and pack our provisions in handcarts in preparation of a long arduous journey, it is our duty, in the spirit of charity, to heed Brigham Young’s call to ‘rescue’ those that are struggling along the path, caught in the storms of life.
“The experiences of those pioneers that crossed the plains … of North America remind us that the most critical journey of us all is to come unto Christ” (Swinton). Let’s help the members of our Trek families to understand that a most important part of our journey is to help others along theirs.
Troy and Jema McOmber