When Elder Holland was here for conference this summer he told of how the Savior didn't abandon ship when the boat he was on was being tossed about on the sea. The other sailors had gone to waken Him from His sleep, as He was very tired and they couldn't believe that He was so calm about this weather that was threatening to swamp and sink their boat. They probably even considered jumping for their lives and taking a chance in the swells and storm. It was Jesus who remained calm, stayed in the boat and ultimately stilled the waters. It's during our personal storms that we need to stay in the boat. When life's calamites are threatening and overwhelming, that is not the time to abandon ship...to give up on our testimonies, on the church, on our values, on our covenants. Elder Holland's words were so comforting and moving and to this day have such an impact on the lives of our stake.
While Elder Holland was here, some investigators...Dave and Carol Tallant, along with the Anderson family, came to hear the Apostle of the Lord speak. They too were so touched by his words and it seemed to them that he even directed his comments specifically to them, even looking at them several times from the pulpit. Well, last night the Tallants got "in the boat". It was a beautiful baptism. It was raining as hard as it possibly could as we all rushed into the meeting house. The parking lot was a lake of water. The sky was darkened and threatening and not too far south tornado sirens were warning of impending damage. The symbolism of getting in the boat was so stark and real. The Spirit was so strong and bore witness to me that day that we were literally and figuratively "in the boat". We were safe in the Lord's house and we were to remain safe in His gospel as well. I thought of Chloe's question that morning...about the ark. We are already in the ark...the boat. We have the gospel and that is the safest boat and where we need to remain. I hope that when the tempests of life come that my family will remember to stay in the boat, cling to the boat, and hold on for dear life as Elder Holland suggested.
Matt Anderson, Carol & Dave Tallant
Carol, Elder Tuttle, & DaveThank you Dave & Carol for helping the Spirit teach me this principle and for getting in the boat with our eternal family.