Living by the scriptures

And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.

And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord. - Mosiah 24:13-15.

When I received a call to serve as stake Young Women president, I was also serving as an early-morning seminary teacher. At the time there was no replacement for me in seminary, so for about six weeks I served in both callings.

As an adult convert, I had never served in Young Women, nor participated in the program. I spent an average of 2-3 hours a day in study and preparation, while working full-time, and caring for my home and family. I felt heavily burdened and at times thought I had no strength to continue.

Prayerfully pondering my situation, I finally resolved that "this is the Lord's work and His kingdom. He is well aware of what is going on. I will trust God and go forward to the best of my ability." Soon afterward, I read this passage in Mosiah.

The Lord did not say He would remove the burdens, only that He would cause them to be easier to bear. From that moment, I no longer felt the weight of carrying two callings. Six weeks later, I was released from my seminary assignment.

The Lord asks only that we offer ourselves willingly to His service and He will bear us up.

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