It’s a “New Year,” a time for thinking about how we might consider adjusting our lives to live with more purpose and meaning. When we live in a world seemingly dominated by negative news coming from every direction, living with faith sufficient to maintain a spirit of hope and optimism can become a non-stop challenge. Looking for more “positives” in our lives, while standing firm in our convictions and beliefs, isn’t an easy task. But when it’s achieved, we can become a more powerful people, filled with mental, physical, and spiritual strength.
When I had the calling of ward organist for many years, I always made sure that the hymn, “Come, Let Us Anew,” (hymn # 217), was on the sacrament program for the first Sunday of the new year, to be sung as the opening hymn. The first line talks about how as the year rolls by we should be thinking about our journey’s pursuit—why we are here in mortality. It also talks about how we should “never stand still until the Master appears.”
Never standing still obviously means we have a lot to do, especially as members of the Church. Forget inertia, and there is no time for the lackadaisical, or the lukewarm. Defending our beliefs will take all the courage we can gather, as in some circles what we believe has become the subject of increased levels of ridicule and scorn, the level of vehemence rising in its impassioned intensity and fervor. Continue reading