Stories can paint beautiful pictures about the way things should be. Story can teach us lessons in an intimate way, they can help us reflect, and they invite us to change.
One such oft-shared, classic story is about a little girl wanted to know what the United States of America looked like.
In order to help her out, her dad tore a map of the United States from a magazine and then cut it into small pieces. He told her to go to her room to see if she could put it together.
After a few some minutes she returned and handed the map correctly fitted and taped together.
Her father was surprised that she was able to figure out the map and asked her how she was able to finish it so quickly?
She said, “On the back side of the map was a picture of Jesus, and when I put Him back then our country just came together!”
This is a beautiful story with an increasingly poignant and timely message. A focus on Christ will bring people back together.
Never in my lifetime have I felt so divided as a country, as a church, and as a community.
The solution is not debate, the solution is not posting opinions on Facebook, the solution is not violent protesting – the solution is doing exactly what our prophet, Russell M. Nelson has said.
The solution is for each individual to learn to Hear Him.
There is a covenant upon this land, but as all covenants are, it is conditional. The condition to prosperity and peace in this land is explain thoroughly in the book of Ether.
“Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.” – Ether 2:12
As we commit to serve Jesus Christ, who is the God of the land, we are blessed to be free of bondage and captivity. A blessing that we all yearn for and hope remains intact.