Thursday, March 4, 2010

Frontier Prophet

This statue stands in front of the Mercentile Store, which is right across from the temple. One of the things that impressed me most about the prophet, Joseph, is that anything he asked others to do, he was right there, doing it too. My dad used to tell of a branch president in Florida who would exclaim, "Blisters on earth, but blessings in heaven, keep digging, boys." That's somehow appropriate to the prophet. He was also generous with everything he had. There were so many times that he did not have a bed on which to sleep because he and Emma had given it to someone else who needed it. There were even times that they slept out in the yard because their home was filled with people who were sick or homeless or in need. But he also had time to play with the children. What a remarkable example of Christlike service and love!

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