Hello Everyone, it's been a surprisingly beautiful Fall week here in Ballston Spa, it hasn't snowed and stuck yet, but it's getting mighty chilly in the nights. I guess Winter is almost upon us, but that means Spring is just around the corner!
This week I wish to relate a thought that was given in a Ward Council meeting that I was sitting in on once. At the beginning a spiritual thought was shared by a member of the council in which he shared the a few select verses from Genesis chapter 45. By way of introduction, now is the time in the book of Genesis when Joseph, the once youngest son of Israel, has been in the land of Egypt for a great many years. He has worked as a servant in Potiphar's house, been throw into prison for many years, interpreted Pharaoh's dreams, and was overseer of Egypt's food storage program through the 7 years of plenty and is currently managing the stores in the 7 years of famine. His brothers come from the land of Canaan to purchase food from the Egyptians during this famine. After revealing his true identity to his brothers and the reunion that followed, Pharaoh commanded Joseph, his second in command, to do a few things in the following verses:
19. Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
20. Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.
Joseph his commanded to get his family and bring them to Egypt. We likewise are commanded to gather our family, past and present, and join our Father in Heaven. And in like manner we are commanded to "regard not [our] stuff" for the blessings of heaven are ours. I know that at the end of the day, the point of this life is to be able to return to live with our Father in Heaven. It truly is the greatest purpose in heaven to live as a family together in time and eternity.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Love, Elder Gailey