And it came to pass that the master of the vineyard saw it, and he said unto his servant: It grieveth me that I should lose this tree . . . — Jacob 5: 7
Having been raised in a strong pioneer heritage, attending church and loving it all of my life, I found myself discouraged and heartbroken as I realized that although some of my children were valiantly teaching the gospel in their homes, several others were not attending meetings, choosing to break the Word of Wisdom, ignoring the law of tithing, and denying themselves the precious blessings of temple attendance.
An inspired Relief Society president encouraged the sisters in our ward to read the Book of Mormon in 40 days. I raced through Jacob, and was stopped short by the parable of the olive trees, as the Lord of the vineyard repeated, "it grieveth me that I should lose this tree. . . ." This phrase echoed my fears and feelings for my children and grandchildren.
I began to understand how a loving Heavenly Father nourishes us in our weaknesses. He has dug and pruned, blessing us beyond measure, even blessing us with adversities, striving to teach us and save us. By the Spirit of the Holy Ghost, I have begun to understand President Benson's admonitions concerning the Book of Mormon and how I condemned myself to trying to raise a family without the daily study of the holy scriptures. As I read hour after hour, day after day, the Spirit filled me with the power to seek ways to nourish my family, from the Lord of the vineyard Himself. By studying His written word and nourishing myself with the "good word of God, all the day long . . ." I have more faith, renewed hope in Christ and my despair has given way to joy. — RoseAnn Young, Delta, Utah