Farnsworth Sisters

Is the Sacrifice Great Enough?

This summer during a family scripture study, the story of the 2,000 stripling warriors was brought up.  During the course of the conversation, it struck me that the 2,000 warriors were kept safe in battle because of the sacrifice of their parents.

The parents of the warriors were at one time, Lamanites living in a culture of wicked traditions.  But when they heard the gospel, they changed and came to the Lord with their whole heart.  They gave up the wicked traditions of their fathers, they left their homes and land to go live with the people of God, many gave their lives when the Lamanites chased after them and slaughtered many of them in war, and they buried their sins deep in the ground, made covenants with the Lord, they never unburied or broke their covenants, and they taught their children the gospel, some as single parents from the slaughter of the men in the war.

Heavenly Father was so pleased and accepting of their sacrifice, that when their young sons went out to defend and protect their families and homes in war, God’s power and protection went with them. The sacrifice of the parents was a protection upon their children.

I have benefitted from a similar sacrifice.  My ancestors were early members of the church, and their sacrifice sounds very similar to that of the people of Ammon.  They were taught the gospel in far away lands, and when they heard it, they changed and came to the Lord with their whole heart.  They gave up the wicked traditions of their fathers, they left their home and countries to go and live with the people of God, with faith in every footstep they journeyed to the place God wanted them to be, many gave their lives on that journey and through severe persecution by others, they made covenants with the Lord, they never broke those covenants, and they taught their children the gospel, some as single parents from the sacrifice of the journey and persecution.

Heavenly Father was so please and accepting of their sacrifice, that when their children and grandchildren were born into this world, God’s power and protection went with us.  The sacrifice of my grandparents is a protection upon me.  I have felt their legacy of love and faith protect me in this life.

Sister Julie Beck said, “Children are being born into a world where they “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).”

I believe it!  I feel it!  I see it!

I would sacrifice anything to give my children and grandchildren the power and protection of God!

So what can I sacrifice?  There did seem to be a pattern in the people of Ammon and the early pioneers of the church-maybe I should start there- Have I given up the wicked tradition of my fathers and the wicked traditions of the world?

With faith in every footstep, am I journeying to a place where God wants me to be- physically                                                       and spiritually?

Am I giving my life to the Lord, in spite of persecution from family, friends, and society?

Am I making and holding fast to the covenants I have made with God?

Am I burying my sins?

Am I teaching my children the gospel through word and deed and is that teaching permeating                                                     every aspect of our lives?

Am I turning myself and my children to the Lord even in circumstances that are difficult?

And I also know there is a personal element to the sacrifice.  Somethings that will only be felt as I humbly kneel in prayer and listen to the suggestions of my loving Father in Heaven.

These sacrifices by parents are not a magical spell that fall upon unsuspecting children.  They are deliberate physical and spiritual actions that are given by parents out of love for God and for their children. These sacrifices will be burned into the hearts and minds of the children and turn them to God.  Could this be why the stripling warriors were exactly obedient?  Could this be why the children of the pioneers had the faith and strength to built temples and cities in the mountains and deserts?  And because of this faith and love, Heavenly Father will pour down His power and protection upon the children as a blessing and acceptance of the sacrifice of the parents.

 

 

 

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