As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by many), I am a firm believer that Jesus Christ is my Rock and my Redeemer. I know that with out Him I am nothing, but with Him I can be everything.
In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp 145-148), Gibbons shares personal experiences, combined with Mormon beliefs, to enlighten us on the subject of Jesus Christ as our “Rock.”
The Rock of Heaven
On a summer day when I was sixteen, I went with friends to explore a large cave in Logan Canyon. We took only one flashlight, which I dropped and broke about three fourths of a mile inside the cavern. We were trapped, left without illumination in a situation from which we could not escape on our own. The pathway out was barely safe with a light. In the absolute darkness it was impossible. So we did the only things we could do. We waited and we prayed. After about three hours, a man with two children entered our section of the cave. We followed them. Wherever they were going, we were going: they had a light.
I remember the first time I saw the light of the Lord and knew He could lead me to safety. The darkness in which I sat and waited was less obvious to others than the blackened confines of Logan Cave, but it was real. “I was in the darkest abyss” when He came. But He did come, and “I [beheld] the marvelous light of God” (Mosiah 27:29). On that day I decided that I wanted to follow Him. He had the light.
For all of us who have experienced the darkness and who have prayed and waited for someone with a light, the words that follow are a source of consolation: “I am Messiah, the King of Zion, the rock of Heaven, which is broad as eternity; whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall” (Moses 7:53).
When life draws us into sorrow and we journey from serenity to suffering, and when that anguish continues through weeks, months, or years, the promise of the Messiah in Moses 7:53 is the perfect antidote. We need only believe and then act upon the Lord’s words: Come in at the gate. Climb up by me. You will never fall.
I have been thinking about that climb. The term belay, as used by mountaineers, refers to one way in which climbers protect them- selves from falls. Someone makes an ascent or a traverse of a dangerous location first and then anchors the rope in a secure position by his own strength, or with mechanical devices, or both. When the line is secure, the first climber says something like this to the one below: “you are on belay,” which means, “I will keep you from falling.” That scene describes what the Savior has done for those who come in the gate and climb up by Him. In essence He says, “I have you on belay. I will catch you. I will not let you fall.”
David O. McKay taught a lesson about what it means to be able to trust the person who is holding the rope.
[A] company of botanists [were] seeking some special flowers up in the Canadian Rockies, [and] came one day to a very rare flower down on the side of a cliff. To reach it they would have to retrace their steps and go back ten miles to come up from the valley below. Someone suggested that if they had a rope they could let a boy down to pick the specimens. That suggestion was prompted by the fact that a little boy had been following . . . watching them silently.
“Here, lad, we’ll give you $5 if you will put this rope around you and permit us to let you down to get those flowers.”
Without saying a word the lad scampered off. They thought they had frightened him. He went to a house nearby and soon came back with a man by his side. Then the little fellow answered:
“You may put that rope around me, and I’ll get the flower, if you’ll let my dad hold the rope.”
We must be willing to risk the uncertainties of mortality—the tragedies and trials that will surely come—because we know who is holding the rope. We are on belay, secured by the strength of God from falling to our destruction.
Helaman, a Book of Mormon prophet, said to his sons:
And now, my sons, 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).
“Come in at the gate and climb up by me,” He has invited. “Build your life on this foundation.” Notice that we must come in at the gate before we climb. The uncertainties will not cease because we have made a covenant with Him: the mighty winds, whirlwinds, hail, and mighty storms will still beat upon us. We will still be required to climb. But because of this rock, we cannot fall.
I bear witness that Jesus is the Christ. I invite you to learn more about Him and His role as our Redeemer by meeting with Mormon Missionaries and by prayerfully reading the Book of Mormon—asking God if it is true. I testify that it is true, for I have read it (countless times) and received an answer for myself over and over again.
This article was written by ashley Bell, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ashley Bell is a 22-year old wife, mother, BYU graduate, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ashley loves to run, cook, garden, read, and most of all spend time with family and friends.