Last week was Spring Break. We took our children to St. George for a few days. We visited Zion National Park and had a lovely little vacation. As we traveled, we passed signs for Kanarraville, Utah on the way there and on the way back. Seeing those signs reminded me of this video. So today I pulled it up and watched it once again. And once again I was teary as I considered the story and the message.
What does this have to do with genealogy?
Well, I believe we all have moments during our lifetime when we are stretched by trials and troubles. Moments when we either choose to rely on our faith and hope or become distant from God and often bitter. Listening to this story of a challenging moment for a young husband and father and the message that same man would share with himself after 30 years of life, is a lovely reminder to me that we all have a story or two like this. A story of struggle, an experience that helped to shape us, a moment when our faith in whatever we believe was tested in some way. And most of the time, we let those moments make us stronger, better, and ultimately happier. We overcome. We cling to faith. We have hope. That is one of the miracles of the human spirit. We feel a connection to heaven that guides us to be a better version of ourselves.
What do you believe, hope and have faith in? How has your faith helped you to overcome trials? If you could talk to a younger you facing a difficult challenge, what message would you share with yourself?
Would you say something like this?“In that imaginary instant, I couldn’t help calling out to him: “Don’t give up, boy. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead—a lot of it—30 years of it now, and still counting. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.” Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. Of that I personally attest. I thank my Father in Heaven for His goodness past, present, and future.” -Jeffrey R. Holland