Law of the Harvest

Essential takeaway: What am I even planting?!

This time of year is always busy for me. It is the time of year that starts out happy with much anticipation and then by mid September Im full of dread and on the verge of a physical and mental breakdown. Yep, canning season. I am one of those crazy old fashioned canning people. I have a garden and fruit trees. I try to preserve as much as I can from the efforts my family makes from March till now. This last weekend, I was drowning in peaches, tomatoes, and grapes. Don’t misunderstand, I love the blessings of good, home-grown food. In December or January, we will be enjoying some salsa or beautiful peaches! It will be heaven.

For now, I’m working through the law of the harvest. “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” D&C 130:20-21. What you plant, when you plant, and how you care for it will determine the yield months later. Working in the garden, or bottling produce, I have plenty of time to ponder. Just like my garden takes effort, time, patience, and consistent attention; what else in my life follows the concept of the law of the harvest?

What am I doing today that will reap the fruits of my labors? Or, in time, will I be left with weeds in my life? Am I diligent in clearing out the debris in my spiritual life? Do I make my home fertile ground for the kids to learn and grow? Am I putting in the appropriate amount of work on my relationships that will produce the bounty I expect in years to come? So far, I can see the Law of the Harvest in every aspect of my life! While I am tired of canning, why would I stop now? I am almost at the end of the process! I am almost at the point of being able to enjoy all of the blessings after months of effort! Do not stop just short of blessings the law has promised you.

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