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Pioneer Day is celebrated every July 24. It's a time for us look back at our ancestors who forged trails for us. It's a time to look at our own lives and see what trails we are forging. It's a time to remember, honor, and continue to move forward.
One of my favorite hymns to sing (especially during July) is "Come, Come, Ye Saints." It's full of faith, history, determination, and joy. For this week's favorite scripture, I'm highlighting the song and one of the scriptures it's based on as we continue to honor and remember the early pioneers as well as the ones today.
If you are new, every Wednesday, different LDS bloggers share their favorite scripture and why via Facebook. In each Faceboook Live video, they will also tell you about the new free printable to go along with their scripture. Be sure to like our Facebook Page so you can find out each week. Sometimes it's a poster to hang in your home, sometimes a coloring page, or even a mini booklet. Be sure to check out some of the other scripture freebies you can use after you grab this one.
In D&C 61 Joseph Smith is given a revelation while on the banks of the Missouri River. He and other brethren had experienced several difficulties that day, however in verses 36-39 the Lord tells them,
And now, verily I say unto you, and what I say unto one I say unto all, be of good cheer, little children; for I am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you;
And inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the blessings of the kingdom are yours.
Gird up your loins and be watchful and be sober, looking forth for the coming of the Son of Man, for he cometh in an hour you think not.
Pray always that you enter not into temptation, that you may abide the day of his coming, whether in life or in death. Even so. Amen.
Above all we should be of good cheer. There are a lot of difficult, sad, scary, and almost too hard to bear things in our lives. If you think you are the only one feeling that way, you're not. Everyone wonders at one point (usually more) how can they possibly keep moving forward? How will they make it through the next day when so many things are stacked up against them? Don't lose hope! You are not alone and you don't need to do it all alone. The Lord has given guidance through the scriptures, modern prophets, family, and people put in our paths.
The early pioneers of the church went through a lot of trials- a lot. However, as expressed in the hymn "Come, Come, Ye Saints" they knew that there were ultimately better things ahead. It didn't matter if those better things came in this life or the next, they would come. They had faith to keep going when all seemed lost. They kept hoping when everything would suggest they shouldn't. They knew God's plan would lead them to happiness.
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And so we learn from them. We read their stories and gain determination to make our lives better, to keep hoping, and to keep the faith as they did.
In this week's Favorite Scripture Printable you will find several printables to help you remember these early Saints:
- Pioneer coloring page
- Pioneer activity/coloring page
- Pioneer wordsearch
- "Come, Come, Ye Saints" quote poster- 2 8x10 designs
Print these activities and share your pioneer stories with your family. Put the poster up somewhere you'll see when you need extra encouragement. You can find more children's activities and stories for Pioneer Day at LDS.org.
Your Turn- How do you remember the pioneers?