By Guest Blogger Tiegan Hatch
A scripture I have always kept dear to my heart is 3 Nephi 22:10 which reads, “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.”
I grew up in Utah where the mountains are glorious. Utah was my comfort zone, my home. I didn’t know anything or anywhere else. I decided to move to Boston to attend college which led me to feeling more lost than I have ever felt. To be honest, I had a hatred towards Boston for the first two years I was there. I didn’t feel like I belonged or that I was where I was supposed to be. As I was adjusting to this new place and new life, I turned to the scriptures for help, hoping that I could find comfort and some answers. Was I really in the right place? That’s when I stumbled upon this scripture. The mountains in the scripture automatically turned my mind to Utah. I looked upon this as my answer. I might be away from the comfortable Utah mountains and my home, but the Lord is always with me. His kindness never left my side. No matter where I am, the Lord is ALWAYS there. And the peace I felt at the moment I read that scripture confirmed its meaning to me.
I know the Book of Mormon is for our day and that we can relate to any story within it. This particular verse taught me that I didn’t need Utah, I needed to rely on the Lord.
Many scary decisions come upon us. We might have to move and journey into the unknown. But whatever ‘mountain’ or ‘hill’ is removed from us we can rely on one consistent fact. The Lord’s kindness will come with us wherever we go.
Any place is what you make of it. Just remember that we can find comfort in uncomfortable places.