Sunday, March 28, 2010

How Firm a Foundation

Last night, Jessica and I attended the General Young Women's Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was a very nice evening. The President and her 2 Counselors spoke to the Young Women of values that will help them to successfully navigate their youth, and their future. Additionally, the 1st Counselor in the Church's General Presidency who is also an Apostle, Elder Dieter Uchtdorf, also spoke to the Young Women about the way to a "Happily Ever After."

The last song that the choir and congregation sang was "How Firm a Foundation." If your not familiar with this beautiful hymn, you can click on the link above and hear the Mormon Tabernacle, an amazing choir, sing it.

This is one of my favorite hymns. I find the words to be very inspiring and often feel as if the Savior is talking to me directly during the last verse. I also feel like this should be the hymn for every brave man and woman who fight to defend freedom. I always think of this hymn when I see pictures from the war fronts.

In case, you don't know the words, I wanted to share them with you.

How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

In ev-'ry condition in sickness, in health,
In poverty's vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea
As thy days may demand so thy succor shall be.

Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I'll strngthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, through all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake!

Beautiful, right?

These words were, of course, inspired by scriptures.

The Lord's words to Isaiah, which apply to each of us:

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. " ~Isaiah 41:10

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
"For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
"Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
"Fear not: for I am with thee...." ~Isaiah 43:2-5

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