Brother Chris Herring, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mexico Ward
I work south of Columbia and every morning, and when I return from work in the afternoon, I see a school crossing guard in Hallsville. Rain or shine, cold or hot, he is always there. I appreciate his faithfulness and service. He has undoubtedly protected our children from danger and harm they may not have otherwise seen.
Our Father in Heaven has placed “crossing guards” to also protect us from danger and harm.
One of the first and foremost is his scriptures and Commandments. Ageless for thousands of years, they are so vitally important for our spiritual and temporal protection.
A few examples: Don’t steal- don’t end up in jail. Don’t commit adultry-don’t get divorced.
Some would say the Commandments are “Hard to keep”. I would say to this, that yes they are sometimes difficult, but the Lord has said: “I Nephi will go and the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandment unto the children of men, save shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” (1 Nephi 3:7).
As we keep the Commandments we are blessed with increased guidance, faith, safety and love in our hearts and homes.The Lord said concerning this:
“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21).
Another “crossing guard “ is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is not only our Comforter but also our guide as we listen and obey that still small voice. If you have ever not felt good about something, inspired to see someone or had a seemingly impossible problem suddenly solved, that is more than likely the Holy Ghost giving guidance and direction. As we obey those promptings and direction we will not only help others but also ourselves and family members.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.