Monday, April 30, 2012

The Long Night is O'er

I was feeling the Spirit pretty strongly in church yesterday...It had a lot to do with the hymns we sang.  Joseph Smith's First Prayer, Jesus, Once of Humble Birth, and Hark, All Ye Nations all touched me especially, when we sang:

"Searching in darkness, nations have wept;
Watching for dawn their vigil they've kept.
All now rejoice; the long night is o'er,
Truth is on earth once more.

Oh, how glorious from the throne above
Shines the gospel light of truth and love!
Bright as the sun this heavenly ray, 
Lights every land today."

In my mind's eye, I could see nations of humble people weeping through the long night, waiting for the light and knowledge that would set them free.  I envisioned myself and others who have waited through what seems like a long night, keeping our vigil and our faith that the Lord will keep his promises.  And as the chorus rang out, the spirit testified to me that the Lord has always kept his promises, that truth is on earth once more (what a reason to rejoice!), and that the light of the gospel is to be the light that we hold up to get us through the dark nights of this life.

I am so thankful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I am thankful to have a personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ, to know personally that he lives and that he cares about and is involved in the affairs of this world and in each chapter of our individual lives.


  1. That was so totally awesome!!!  There is nothing better than a great men's choir, and especially a great missionary awesome!!!
    I haven't taken the time yet to say how excited I am for your new little one that you will soon get to meet in person.  How EXCITING!!!  I wish I was close by to help you and to get some baby snuggles.  :)  

  2. Just what I needed. That song gave me chills to think that those young men would be going out into the world to proclaim the truth! We are so blessed to have the Gospel and to have our loving Savior! Thanks so much for this special blog and congratulations on your wonderful news! That little baby is truly lucky to be going to your family!

  3. Thaks you for your sweet testimony. My heart was touched and the tears came. I need to feel that today. Hugs to you!

  4. music has power to stir our souls....beautiful testimony

  5. Bridget JohnsonMonday, April 30, 2012

    <3 !!!!

  6. Jocelyn ChristensenMonday, April 30, 2012

    Thank you so much, Renee!!  I'll be sure to share many virtual snuggles with you here on my blog at least! ;)

  7. chills is right!  Thank you for sharing in our excitement over here!

  8. I keep feeling I was typing and as I re-read.  Glad you felt it as well!  Cheers to you, my friend LeAnn!

  9. Thank you, I have mentioned before that I believe it was a blessing to find your blog, and you continue to inspire me.