Sunday, October 12, 2008

and it came to pass...

i flipped through a prepare with honor missionary book at byu one day.  the author noted how the book of mormon often uses the idiom, "and it came to pass." (so often, in fact, that mark twain reportedly said that if you removed all such phrases, the book would be a pamphlet.)  yet, consider it literally: it does not say, "and it came to stay."  it says, "and it came to pass."
we move through life.  sometimes we are coasting, sometimes we are pressing forward.  and sometimes we are simply trying to endure it well.  in our progression, we come across things, some good and some bad; some painful and some joyful.  when we wonder how we got in a mess, or why everything went wrong, remember, it came to pass.

that's also important to keep in mind during the good times: they came to pass, too.  at any point in our lives, there usually some great things and some things we'd really like changed.  and it all will be, so savor the ups while pressing through the downs.  when i lived in 104, i knew that was a wonderful moment that would eventually move on.  i knew that the unity with had with f.h.e. group 2 a few years ago (and the accompanying "24" fan club) would inevitably change.  my opportunity to teach sunday school to my ward now is one of my current moments that i savor, because it, too, will one day come to pass.

6 comments:

Em said...

That is SO hard to remember. I can tell you are better at it than I am.

Jaime said...

thank you for sharing this. i am currenly going through a personal "winter" and it's good to be reminded that, this too shall pass. :)

bigmark74 said...

about not being able to teach sunday school forever: you can always be that one guy in the class that is always rasing his hand, talks more than the teacher and just wont shut up.
most classes have at least one, some have two. LONG LIVE SUNDAY SCHOOL!!

Jen said...

Well said Goose. Thanks for the reminder.

Jack said...

This insight isn't really an insight...just a comment on your insight. Thanks for awesomeness that hasn't come to pass.

kwistin said...

Thank you for this...it's such a good reminder.

And Group 2 did come to pass...but I'll always remember it with fondness, and a smile upon my face. :]