“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).
A yoke is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals that enables them to pull together on a load. A yoke places animals side-by-side so they can move together in order to accomplish a task.
Consider the Lord’s uniquely individual invitation to “take my yoke upon you.” Making and keeping sacred covenants yokes us to and with the Lord Jesus Christ. In essence, the Savior is beckoning us to rely upon and pull together with Him, even though our best efforts are not equal to and cannot be compared with His. As we trust in and pull our load with Him during the journey of mortality, truly His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
We are not and never need be alone. We can press forward in our daily lives with heavenly help. Through the Savior’s Atonement we can receive capacity and “strength beyond [our] own” (“Lord, I Would Follow Thee,” Hymns, no. 220). As the Lord declared, “Therefore, continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice; for behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end” (D&C 100:12).”
I did not keep up my routine last week so it’s been a few days since I posted anything. This morning I have some quiet time in the hotel in Salt Lake City, and naturally I am thinking about family and being away. I do enjoy going to conferences and learning new skills for my work, but I am glad that I do not travel all the time. There was a time when I would leave behind a very upset wife and kids when I left. Now it’s not as hard to leave, but I don’t like being apart.
As I was walking around downtown Salt Lake City last night, particularly around the Temple and other church buildings, I kept thinking how grateful I am for the peace the gospel brings me. I choose to live the gospel because I have hope in Christ and believe that the greatest blessings we desire most come through Him. I also know that those blessings are about the family. Family relationships should not end when this life is over. We have the promise, through Christ, that we can exist after this life as families. This truth brings me the greatest peace.
I love my family and do all that I can for them. I am by no means a perfect father, or even a good one at times, but I am committed to doing my best to ensure we have close relationships here that will not end when we return home after this life. Time apart from my family here just makes the peace that comes from that truth all the more meaningful.