Who’s on the Lord’s side?

With all that’s going on in the world – and especially in this country of America – I’ve been thinking MUCH about the promises made, for blessings to come IF we are obedient to God’s commandments –IF we have no other gods before Him. It feels like there are too many things being put first, and many more being put “higher” than God. The hunger for power is one that I’m noticing. I’ve noticed a lack of integrity and diminishing patriotism. As I was letting such thoughts drift through my mind, the words of one of our hymns came to mind: “Who’s on the Lord’s side, who?” Isn’t that an amazing, important question! And the phrase which follows caught my attention instantly: “Now is the time to show.”  The text was written by Hannah Last Cornaby, who lived from 1822-1905, so we can safely say that these words are over 100 years old. If the question was relevant then – so long ago – it is even more relevant and urgent right now. “NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOW … that we are ON THE LORD’s SIDE.”

And the question is even OLDER (and implies “now is the time to show”). I’m reading in the Old Testament, and in Exodus 32:26 (JST) we read: “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.”

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Are we being called? Are we needed?  How do we go about responding – how do we show that we’re on the Lord’s side? You’ll think of much which I haven’t thought of, but a few things that have come to my mind as I’ve been pondering all of this include:  – Being true and faithful – Following the Prophet (and all 15 whom we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators) – Holding fast to that which matters most – Holding tightly to the iron rod – Praying with increasing feeling and strong intent to follow promptings – Keeping the commandments – Keeping covenants we have made – Increasing the depth of our focus on the Savior and our need to be closer to Him and more like Him as we partake of the Sacrament each week – Keeping the Sabbath Day holy – Doing good and being good – Staying as far away from the great and spacious building (worldliness) as possible . . . ETC ETC ETC

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Here are a couple of quotes from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:  “satan, or lucifer, or the father of lies—call him what you will [I personally like WHNF: what’s his no face] —is real, the very personification of evil. His motives are in every case malicious, and he convulses at the appearance of redeeming light, at the very thought of truth. … he is eternally opposed to the love of God, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the work of peace and salvation. He will fight against these whenever and wherever he can. He knows he will be defeated and cast out in the end, but he is determined to take down with him as many others as he possibly can.” (“We Are All Enlisted,” Ensign, November 2011)

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This is the other quote from Elder Holland: “The FUTURE of this world has long been DECLARED; the final outcome between GOOD and evil is already KNOWN. There is absolutely no question as to who WINS because the VICTORY has already been posted on the SCOREBOARD. The only really strange thing in all of this is that we are still down here on the FIELD trying to decide which TEAM’S JERSEY we want to wear!” (BYU Devotional,1983;  quoted by Gary and Joy Lundberg, Meridian Magazine, 12 April 2013)

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WHO’S ON THE LORD’S SIDE??? WHO??? LET IT BE YOU! LET’S STEP FORWARD!

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4 thoughts on “Who’s on the Lord’s side?

  1. Dixie Welch

    Thank you Mary Ellen. You are a true friend to remember us. I think of you and your stories, enthusiasm for the Gospel, uplifting attitude whenever I pass your former home in Mapleton. I pass often. If you were still there you would have marveled 2 years ago as my husband walked down the street holding onto his wheeled walker tossing out pennies along the way. It was fun to see that the pennies were gone the next day, and wonder who still thinks they are valuable enough to stoop down. He has since been on hospice for 9 months and then discharged because he just won’t die fast enough. He is exercising in hopes of being able to stand alone and walk. At age 90 he spends most of his time on his back but insists on daily scripture reading and prayers. We play memory games such as trying to remember all the names of dear friends of Mapleton who have passed into the Spirit World . I have written the list past 100 who will remember us, such as your dear parents, when it is our turn to join them. The most recent to leave is Ron Graves your neighbor across the street, who endured to the end on the Lord’s side.

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    1. MEEThinks Post author

      Thanks SO much, dear Dixie — neighbor and friend. I MISS MAPLETON! It was so good to hear from you. I loved the story about Art going down the street scattering pennies (it sounds like something my Dad would have done… we had this “thing” about pennies). I can’t believe he’s 90. We do have so many dear ones who are “Over There,” watching us. Now including dear Ron Graves. It was such a treat to live across the street from the for 30 years, watching them raise their 9 children. Ron and Shirley are Saints! I’ve had fun keeping close to some of your children over here. Von was my doctor for a while, but I had to switch because I couldn’t see him when I was sick (and I seem to be sick more as the years go by). I loved knowing Mya when we were in the same ward — she’s SO wonderful! And Jon… what can I say about Jon! One day he showed up at the stake religion class I teach with a box of chocolates and a sweet note about how he loved my parents. Wow. And he’s helped me with floods I’ve had here (11 floods in the 10 years I’ve lived here). It’s so much fun being in his ward now (we got divided a couple of years ago, so I’m not in Mya’s ward anymore). Anyway, THANK YOU for your wonderful note. Love, Mary Ellen

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  2. Leanne Anderson

    Nice to have you back posting!!
    I hope I’ve stepped forward but I know there’s so much more I can do and be. I’ll be working on that!!!

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  3. Janet Kerr

    Staying on the Lord’s side of the line has been on my mind quite a bit lately as I watch WHNF be so cunning in the methods he is using to blur that line or convince us it doesn’t even exist. Too many I care deeply for are falling for his lies and it’s breaking my heart. After reading your blog tonight, it reminded me of these 2 quotes of Abraham Lincoln I read recently that I just love.
    “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
    “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
    That’s my plan and I pray everyday I’ll be strong and faithful enough to stay on the Lord’s side and be able to help those that are struggling.

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