“Arise, and get thee into the mountain”
This week I went on a little adventure and let me just tell you, they were some of the happiest consecutive days I have had in a good while. There is just a feeling so special and surreal that comes with being somewhere so beautiful with people you love. While we were in St. George for the weekend, we got to visit TWO national parks – Bryce Canyon and Zions National Park. I am thoroughly convinced that these two places are some of the most beautiful sites in the world. As we drove through Zions with my head out the window taking it in the whole time, I felt something. With the crisp wind blowing through my hair and the natural beauty of the rocks all around me I felt at total peace. My heart felt so free in this moment – I felt so much pure joy and I felt so alive. I am just amazed at the workings of our God who has made such an incredible world.
What I felt as I was in these wonders, was something so spiritual and pure. What we were experiencing was so much more than just nature. I really believe that in these remote, away from the world kind of places, we are closer to God.
Something I have been studying a lot recently is why it talks about going up into the mountains ALL THE TIME in the scriptures. I mean Moses, the Apostles, and even the Brother of Jared in the Book of Mormon all went into the mountains and saw Christ or conversed with God. And these three different instances are only the beginning of references to mountains. I swear, the more you search for it, the more you find! Mountains seem to be a place you go for great miracles, symbolic examples to teach doctrine, and even an example of what strong faith can do. Mountains are seriously everywhere in the scriptures, and so little wonder in places as incredible as these two National Parks I felt this incomprehensible joy and closeness.
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Nephi had a question and needed the Lord’s guidance. Instead of right there getting the answer, the Lord said to him, “Arise, and get thee into the mountain”. Once in the mountain, he received instruction that eventually led him and his family into the promised land. Although maybe I don’t need help building a boat or preventing my siblings from killing me (that second one is questionable though haha), I think the call to get into the mountains is for all of us. In something so wondrous and breath taking, you feel undeniably closer to him. Like Nephi, I accepted this call from the Lord, and I know that I experienced what I needed to.
“Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.” – Mosiah 4:9
Let us all take advantage of the beautiful blessings all around us. Everything around us is created by a loving God, and I feel so much pure joy and peace as I go out and just experience it all. The palette of colors painted on these rocks was created by Him. Every single mountain, valley, hill, and formation we experienced on this adventure was erected and shaped by our Heavenly Father. Even the blankets of snow the fell upon the red rock was delicately placed by Him. No matter where you are, whether you’re surrounded by these wonders, live in the tree filled forest, are surrounded by suburbs and palm trees, or even in a busy apartment complex like me right now, there is beauty all around us created by someone who loves us more than we can comprehend and we need to recognize it. So I don’t know, go on a hike, climb a tree, bathe in the sun, or roll down the car windows and breath in the crisp air like me. I promise you it is worth it. The world is such an incredible place created just for us, and my goal is to take advantage of every single beautiful thing that I can because that is what makes me happy.