Art by Urban Milwaukee

Bound or Free

 

Some hold with little effort the empty weight of pride,

Some keep very little as they mock and deride.

Some pile up inside stones of bitterness,

Some treasure up hate refusing to bless.

 

Some live each day hardened and impure,

Some reach for their enemy refusing to be more.

Some live without virtue and trample God’s light,

Some won’t hold the truth and do what is right.

 

Some build a wall between them and what they could be,

Some are bound with Hell's cords and will not break free.

Some will face justice and know remorse,

Some will see forever their failed course.

 

O man do you see clearly?  Has the enemy bound you tight?

O man do remember your promise to do right?

O man have your covenants been broken by your choice,

O man have you refused to hear the Master’s voice?

 

Hearken fast my brother and change the path you know,

Hearken fast my brother, you can repent and grow.

Your Master ever reaches as the hour draws near,

Hearken to His loving voice for soon He will appear.

 

Then justice will claim those who would not see,

Then the truth of all you gave will reveal what will be.

Then joy or misery will be found in thee,

Then the answer you gave; bound or free.

 

Written by Michelene

 

2 Nephi 1:13 "13 O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe."

 

"Laman and Lemuel became rebels instead of leaders, resentful instead of righteous—all because of their failure to understand either the character or the purposes of God." Neal A. Maxwell

"Laman and Lemuel did not partake of the tree of life, which is the love of God (see 1 Ne. 11:25). The love of God for His children is most profoundly expressed in His gift of Jesus as our Redeemer: “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). To partake of the love of God is to partake of Jesus’ Atonement and the emancipations and joys which it can bring. Clearly, however, Laman and Lemuel did not have such faith—especially in a Christ yet to come!" Neal A. Maxwell

 

Come to Me

 

Letting go of everything you promised me,

Letting go of all that you could be,

Letting go of the path I showed to you,

Letting go of all that’s dear and true.

 

Oh my child as you leave me, can you hear my cry?

You’re letting go and I watch as you die.

Heavens tears fall like rain as you choose the enemy,

You’re letting go of holy light, you’re letting go of me.

 

I held on and I still reach for you,

I kept your place, I died to make you new,

I’m reaching out; my word and light your way,

I reach for you with purest love, come back to me today!

 

Come to me, and I will heal your broken path,

Come to me and I will take away God’s wrath.

Come to me and we will begin anew,

Come to me, I am reaching out to you.

 

Written by Michelene

 

The poem above was inspired in part by the words shared between Enoch and God.  They have often been quoted by me and I feel them deeply.  We should ponder the love of our dear Heavenly Father and how it hurts to watch his children choose spirital death.  We are so dear and so very loved that our Father in heaven offered His only begotten and perfect Son to pay the price of our sins.  We must hold onto all truth and light brothers and sisters.  We must never let go!  And if we have let go in any way we need to repent and return to our beloved Redeemer.  I hope we will learn from the bad examples of Laman and Lemuel.  Letting go brought them nothing but misery.  May we be wise like Nephi and find the joy and peace that is found by the faithful and covenant people of God.  I testify that happiness is found through keeping our covenants and obeying God's commandments. 

Moses 7: 28-33

 

28 And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?

 

29 And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity?

 

30 And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations; and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there; and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever;

 

31 And thou hast taken Zion to thine own bosom, from all thy creations, from all eternity to all eternity; and naught but peace, justice, and truth is the habitation of thy throne; and mercy shall go before thy face and have no end; how is it thou canst weep?

 

32 The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;

 

33 And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;

 

Nephi is my favorite scripture hero from the Book of Mormon. I am so very grateful for his faithful and courageous example. I testify that as we follow our Savior and live with pure love we will be strengthened and we will reach our journeys end!

The poem below captures the truth of Nephi and every valiant prophet and saint. I am thankful for my friends and family who bring the words of this poem to life daily! Thank you for being good and kind and true! You have blessed me with your love and example! #Icouldn'tgetbywithoutyou #Iloveyouforever

 

Be True

 

Be good be kind be true,
For God is watching you.
Let every action show,
The truth that you know.

Let your covenants guide the way,
Live with loyalty each day.
Be patient, meek and fun,
Follow God's dear Son.

Be fierce and stand for light,
Help others do what's right.
Be careful, good and pure,
Follow the prophet as you endure.

Let integrity be your shield,
And truth be the sword you wield.
Walk with faith and love,
Choose heaven high above.

Let mercy fill your heart,
Choose the better part.
Let your words lift and guide,
Never mock or deride.

Be faithful kind and true,
For God is watching you!

 

Written by Michelene

My sweet amazing daughter Micah created this music video! I love the song and the beautiful reminder it holds!