Tonight, Barb and I read from 1 Nephi 8 (I think). This is Lehi’s vision of the tree and the iron rod and the building full of mocking people. I have never seen the vision more clearly in my mind than I did tonight. And, I have read the story many many times.
I can see the cloud of darkness and how we must hold on to the iron rod so we don’t get lost in the darkness. I can’t remember all the meanings of the different symbols (we will get to that in coming chapters), but I know the iron rod is the word of God (just like the song) and that if we are to find our way back to our Heavenly Father, then we must hold on to that rod. It will lead us through the darkness that is our world.
I also see my own Laman and Lemuel and I grieve for them. I wish I could help them find the rod, but there doesn’t seem to be much I can do. I just have to hope and pray that they will find their own way to the tree of life. I will undoubtedly leave this earth before them, so I hope to be waiting to welcome them on the other side.
Today, I worked on Elton John a little (I need to work on him much more) and listed a few books to sell. I talked to Doug this morning and he says I should stay the course and keep doing what I am doing even though the return is not all that great, it is still something and my niche is fairly evergreen. I hope he’s right.