Because Matt and I are having a very hard time I felt that tonight's family home evening needed to be very special. I chose the theme of family unity and enduring to the end.
I found a very good story for the children and it captured their attention very well because we had pictures to go along with the story. I have re-capped the story below with different pictures but hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we did, it was just what Matt and I needed to hear.
A boy had always wanted to climb a mountain and so he packed his things and started on his journey. He came to the bottom of the mountain and he started to climb. He climbed and he climbed.
After a while he came to a stop. In front of him was a snake. The boy did not like snakes and he wondered if he should turn around or keep going and endure to the end. With his goal in sight the boy decided to endure to the end so he picked up his pack and continued to climb.
He climbed and he climbed and soon he fell and scraped his knee. Because he was hurt and tired he wondered if he should bandage his knee and continue on his journey so he could endure to the end or if he should merely start back down the mountain. With his goal in sight the boy decided to endure to the end and so he picked up his pack and continued to climb.
He climbed and he climbed and soon he was very tired and thirsty. He did not have any water to quench his thirst and so he wondered if he should give up and climb back down the mountain or if he should keep climbing and endure to the end. With his goal in sight the boy decided to endure to the end and so he picked up his pack and continued to climb.
The boy climbed and climbed and soon it began to snow. He was very tired and cold and wondered if he should start back down the mountain or keep climbing and endure to the end. With his goal in sight the boy decided to endure to the end and so he picked up his pack and continued to climb.
At last the boy reached the top of the mountain. He realized that by enduring to the end, picking up his pack and continuing to climb that he had reached his goal. It was a beautiful sight to behold.
The boy realized that the Lord had blessed him in so many ways for his willingness to be faithful, persevere and endure to the end.
Throughout the trials that Matt and I have been facing these last 2 months I think we had lost sight of what needed to be done. We have stopped many times in frustration and cried, not knowing if it would be best for our family to keep climbing or to turn back and go down the mountain. We have had many set backs in our attempts to find the right answer for our family. We have considered many options which have failed and many options that may or may not fail. We have been a little lost. Tonight's family home evening helped us with that. No matter what the decision may be, to stay here in Utah or to move to Arizona, we are not going to turn back. With our goals in sight we are going endure to the end and so we will picked up our packs and continued to climb.