Sometimes we have to break out to see,
Sometimes the painful
path sets us free.
Sometimes the blows that make us bend,
Lead us to a happy end.
Sometimes the girl who is lost and scared,
Needs to be broken to be repaired.
Sometimes the Master sends sharp light,
To break us
free and set things right.
Sometimes the chance to construct your place,
Is a refining path of trials and grace.
Sometimes the answer is a mouth full of dirt,
To taste the sweet you have to hurt.
holds your everything,
Because you felt a bitter sting.
Sometimes beauty and pain intertwine,
Sometimes you are shattered before you shine.
by Michelene Glasson
I feel a tender connection to Saul, Alma, Alma the younger and Almulek. The story of turning to Christ after wandering far from him is
mine. I am so grateful for the examples of these great and noble disciples of God. I see the power of the atonment in each of their stories and it fills me with joy! I wanted to include a small portion of Saul's story today. His is
a story of sharp light bringing a beautiful transformation. I rejoice in the King of Kings who makes every sacred transformation possible!
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men
or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly
there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto
him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus
whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10 ¶ And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold,
I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said
unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even
Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.