Day 50 | I Will Follow Thee
May 21, 2015 - WEEK EIGHT
Domenico Fetti, Parable of the Wicked Servant, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- Why are little children so important to God? What in practical terms do you think it means that “their angels do always behold the face of my Father”?
- Why do you think there is more power in the united prayers of Saints as a group than as individuals? Have you felt Christ in your midst when you have gathered with other Saints?
- Can we be forgiven of our sins if we are not willing to forgive?
The words “his hand to the plough,” unfolds a picture before us… —a strong man with sinewy arms and a firm step, guiding the blade straight and true, his eyes intent upon the plough, looking ahead to the furrow to be cut….
Of all the work of the field, plow-work is the heaviest labor. It is primary and fundamental—it is pioneer toil. A seed may be dropped anywhere, and there is no resistance, but put the blade of the plow into the ground and a thousand forces join to oppose the change. To disturb the conventional, to overturn the traditional, or to attempt to make changes in the deep-rooted way of doing things in the lives of individuals, requires toil and sweat. The heaviest work in the kingdom of God is to turn the hard surface of the earth which has been baked in the sun or covered by the growth of nature. What a great change comes over land which has been cleared and plowed—row after row of evenly spaced furrows, the subsurface loosened and exposed to the sun and air and the rains from heaven, ready to be broken up and planted to seed. The wilderness is conquered and subdued.
Those who become disciples of the Master and put their hands to the plow without turning back prove themselves to be worthy plowmen. By turning over the old surfaces of tradition, they prepared the fields for the introduction and the spread of Christianity into the world (Howard W. Hunter, Conference Report, April 1961, 16–18).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- Isn’t repentance wonderful? Do you know there are a lot of people who do not know how to repent? How could you help them learn?
- How do you think Heavenly Father feels when we repent? How do you think it makes Him feel when we forgive?