MOUNTAIN VIEW–by Elder David Montgomery July 19, 2017
I am sure the von Trapp family wasn’t singing “Climb Every Mountain” as they went over the Alps to escape the Nazis. And even if they did, I don’t think they were smiling, while not even breaking a sweat with every hair in place. Years ago, I read an interview with Maria von Trapp and she said that particular scene in “The Sound of Music” was nowhere close to reality. Mountains get in our way and we must climb them. They represent life’s many challenges and sometimes we shrink back from them in fear. Never let fear stop you. Remember what Jesus said:
“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Faith gives us the courage to climb every mountain and by climbing them, we are stronger from the experience and we see a view is spectacular. I think that is what Jesus meant by faith removing the mountain. The strength of faith and the reward of faith made that mountain disappear. It has been removed just as the Lord said it would. It’s gone! You did it! You believed and the Lord helped your unbelief!
Not all mountains are a burden. Mt. Zion is a pleasure to climb. King David said, “The joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion.” It is a picture of the church and fellowship with God. Mt. Pisgah is another good one. It is a picture the few lucid moments when we get a glimmer of our eternal destiny.
“And from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight.”
Kind Readers, never let fear rob you of this incredible experience. Let faith triumphant cry and every mountain can and will be removed.