A Call to a New Life

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There’s a song at the end of the movie Prince Caspian that always makes me think of what it might have been like leaving our Heavenly Father’s presence to be born into mortal life.

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word
And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry

I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because every thing’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before
All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are as you head off to the war
Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say goodbye
You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say goodbye

Now, we’re back to the beginning
It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet
But just because they can’t feel it too
Doesn’t mean that you have to forget
Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
‘Til they’re before your eyes

You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye
You’ll come back
When they call you
No need to say goodbye

We were born onto a battleground. Earth life is not always easy. There is a battle raging between good and evil; we are all called as soldiers. Do we fight for the Lord or do we desert Him and fight for the enemy of all souls?

“I’ll come back\ When you call me\ No need to say goodbye” We are all here on earth until we are called home (hopefully we don’t try to return before we are called, but it happens). Our time in mortality is short. We are from eternity to eternity so a few years here on earth in mortality is less than a blink. That’s one thing I love about the Narnia stories is all of the adventures that Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy have are long and real in Narnia but when they return home, it is almost like they never left – I say almost because they still remember their time in Narnia when they return back to their original lives. I think that we will find that that is true about our mortal lives – we will find that we were just gone for a blink of an eye. Being gone for such a short time from the eternal worlds, there is almost no need to say goodbye.

“Just because every thing’s changing\ Doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before\ All you can do is try to know\ Who your friends are as you head off to the war\ Pick a star on the dark horizon\ And follow the light.” Life changes so much but we can learn from the past; that’s one of the purposes of the scriptures – the Book of Mormon, the Bible – to help us be able to learn from the past. One thing that is important in life is to know who our friends are, both seen and unseen. If we surround ourselves with good friends, people who will watch our backs in this battle against evil, we will be blessed and protected. Some of our best friends can be our family members. We need to stick together and follow the light of Christ.

“Now, we’re back to the beginning\ It’s just a feeling and no one knows yet\ But just because they can’t feel it too\ Doesn’t mean that you have to forget\ Let your memories grow stronger and stronger\ ‘Til they’re before your eyes\ You’ll come back\ When they call you\ No need to say goodbye.” When we return home, it will all be so familiar; we need to remember what we learned in this life. We will have memories from this life and the previous life, we will have our friends and family there before us, to embrace us in reunions of joy. Above all, we need to remember the words of Christ and build upon His foundation: “And now…remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12).

When we all return after the battle of this life, to God who gave us life, I pray we will have a happy reunion knowing that we were true and faithful to all God required of us. Life is a calling, are we magnifying it?

Song: The Call
By: Regina Spektor

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One thought on “A Call to a New Life

  1. That is a very beautiful poem. I appreciate your thoughts on the poem and the scripture you shared in Helaman is one of my favorites. I have anxiety about the last days and all the terrible things that can happen in the future. General Conference reminded me that God is constant and we can always trust him. Recently I took comfort in the thought that some of the best children were saved for the Latter Days. No matter how horrible sectors of the world are near or far, there will be good people trying to rescue and save others. That doesn’t mean that we won’t suffer, but it is a comfort to believe that hearts will not all wax cold. I wrote something once that starts. “I can’t live in a world waxed cold with hearts not turned to young or old.

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