Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Just Do It!

When I was a boy scout, believe it or not we spent a lot of time camping. We would go almost every month and we went to a ton of different places. When you live in Utah and you go camping every month, you end up going when it is pretty cold sometimes. Luckily we had gear to keep us warm, especially while we were sleeping. The only problem is when you have to wake up and get out. Generally we stayed up late the night before and the last thing that you want to do is get up. It is even less fun leaving your cozy sleeping bag for the below freezing temperatures.

 Usually I would lay there until I finally convinced myself that I could do it. Once I decided to get up, even though the situation wasn't any easier, I made the choice and so I got up. The first few moments of adjusting aren't easy, but after about 5 minutes the cold doesn't seem so bad. You get rid of the groggy feeling and you realize that you aren't actually that tired. After 10 or 15 minutes you are ready to get going with all the fun things planned for the day.

We all have experiences in life that this can be an example of, but I want to focus on getting up to follow Jesus Christ. Usually what happens is we teach people for a period of time, and they find out all that is in store for them by being baptized. They come to know that Christ has restored his church to the earth through Joseph Smith. Some people are able to decide it is worth it and just get up and go, while others decide not to for different reasons. Many people are extremely grateful for what they already have (their sleeping bag). They were in need and it filled that need. They don't want to take the chance of leaving something safe for something that they have come to see is better for them. They are too scared to try something new even with the much greater promised blessings. Others have gotten up and out of bed, but in a moment of unpreparedness things got a little to cold for them and they got back in their sleeping bag.

The truth is there are many people who are out of bed and from their experiences they know that it is worth getting up. We can offer advice, encouragement, or help, but we cannot pull you out of bed. Christ was the first and he asks us all to follow his example and he promises us that it is worth it. If you are in a situation where you feel too comfortable with where you are to get up and follow one of Christ's teachings, just get up and go. Don't contemplate or question, but make the decision to be a desciple of Jesus Christ and don't look back. My advice and encouragement is: It's worth it!

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