Mary Whitmer was exhausted and overextended.
Joseph, Emma, and Oliver were boarding in her house and she was taking care of them along side her own large family.
She “was often overloaded with work to such an extent that she felt it to be quite a burden.”
After a long day of housework wound down, she was out milking the cows when Moroni appeared to her and showed her the plates. The experience “nerved her up for her increased responsibilities” and she stopped feeling overwhelmed.
I love this story because it feels so relatable on so many levels.
But perhaps my favorite part is this: she saw the plates while milking a cow.
I was in Sunday school once and the teacher asked what environments we can easily feel the spirit and receive revelation.
The answers were typical: In nature, in quiet solitude, reading the scriptures, in the temple, during prayer.
And all of these answers are absolutely right.
But then a man raised his hand. He had fought in Iraq. And there was a point in the mayhem, shots all around him, he needed to know where to go. There was no quiet. There was no time to read his scriptures or even pray.
But he felt the spirit just as clear then.
When we strive to keep our covenants, the spirit will ALWAYS be with us.
Even while our kids are fighting.
Even when we are so tired we can’t think straight.
Even when we are in a dangerous situation.
Even when we are “milking our cows”.
Life has to move forward. Into the unknown. Into distress. Into the mundane. Into commotion.
And we can count on Him to move forward with us every step of the way.
The spirit doesn’t go to sleep at midnight.
And it won’t sleep through your personal midnights, either.
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