Friday, February 19, 2010

Parable of the Great Storm: Who Will Man the Lifeboats?

At our Senior Missionary Fireside, Pres. Makemaile  invited us to spend time with President Hamula of the First Quorum of the Seventy and first counselor in the Pacific Area Presidency.018In a multi-stake leadership meeting, President Hamula  delivered a most inspirational message,  The Parable of the Great Storm, just one week before Cyclone Rene pounded the Tongan islands:    [Photos of Cyclone Rene before and after]Humpback whale in Vava'uTHE PARABLE OF THE GREAT STORM:   There is a great storm coming.  It is now upon us. Many are drowning.  We must lose no more.  We can rescue those who are drowning.  Many casualties come from those losing their way in the storm—in the dark clouds, the heavy rain, the raging winds, the floods, the earthquakes.  Prophets have been called to deliver the message of how to endure the storm.  In the Book of Mormon a family leaves their home, journeys through the desert, builds a ship and goes to sea;  a great storm arose for certain reasons. The people in the boat were not listening to the Lord…Blowholes018Our lives are like a journey across a great ocean. Our destination is the promised land beyond the ocean where we will find rest and eternal joy. On our  journey we find islands that provide safety and rest until we reach our destination. 027 Our journey in boats is with those we love. As we launch into the sea the waters are calm. Then a storm approaches. The waters become turbulent, stormy, dangerous. The little boats are specks tossed round about by the strong winds, the heavy rain, the lightning and thunder, the large waves.  The little boats are broken up, tipped over, throwing occupants into the water. The people are afraid and hold onto lifeboats, praying for rescue. Secluded beach at the blowholesOn shore there are people looking for those in danger. Who will get in the boats and go to rescue? Some stand by a boat unused and ready for those to go into the sea. Who will man the lifeboats and go to the rescue? Amidst the storms of life, danger lurks. Who will man the lifeboats and go to the rescue? There are stormy seas, the storm is upon us; who is willing to leave behind the comforts of home and family? Who will get into the boats and go to rescue? 025boats at Eua What has President Thomas S. Monson taught for forty years? Why has the Lord preserved this prophet now? He has proclaimed what we must do to rescue those in distress. Lifeboats sit outside our doors unused. Who will man the lifeboats? Everyone must pull his or her oar to be effective. Equipment needed is found only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: the Plan of Salvation, priesthood ordinances, baptism, confirmation, endowments, temple sealings, and so forth.   No one else has this equipment. Only through our efforts can we save lives. Who needs to be rescued? Fathers, mothers, young adults, children, the elderly, all people who are in need. We are good talking about rescue but no rescue occurs by simply talking about it. We must do something. We must push out to sea in our boats.  No one can make it safely across the ocean without the ordinances of the priesthood that are found in the temple. Obedience to these Gospel principles  will rescue and save.  We must man the lifeboats!   We must save His children!044 032 042071 044

3 comments:

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HAWLEY ENGLAND LONDON MISSION LOG said...

I very much enjoyed the "Parable of the Great Storm" and the accompanying photos--great missionary story which we can use at the ELM.
Will send you a copy of the newsletter I just put together, and if I'm lucky, we'll have more on our blog this week as well. You are doing such a good work, E/S H Senior! Thanks for paving the way and setting us such a fine example! I still imagine how our parents might be feeling where they are now -- so happy for us and proud of us for serving as senior couples, and going where the Lord has called us, and doing what he has called us to do. God bless you with every needful thing, and your family as well. Love, Sister H. Jr.

Jeffee said...

I was posting my painting on Redbubble.com The Storm, and whem I used Ask.com it brought up your site. I have painting many religious painting, and church symbolism...I was trying to do what I could, and really had a great desire to help. It seems like I should work on it again. I spend a lot of time in my garden, taking photos of flowers and lizards, declared it Anole Habitat in the Smoky Mountains. The gardens were designed and built by the Gourleys, my husband and I. Always, wanted my gallery out of my home, but started uploading some digital on line. My religious paintings I created for Bible Book Covers to draw the reader in. Also, painted some parables. Jeffee Gourley (JeffeeArt4u) Best Wishes and I enjoyed viewing your site.