Monday, November 19, 2012

Setting our Vietnams Right

I was recently watching a movie about some people who went into Vietnam to rescue POW's (Prisoners of War). The film had Americans killed in the process and they only managed to rescue 4 POW's. I looked at that with mixed feelings. But there was an additional aspect to it that the film brought out.

One of the team that went in had a son that he was informed by the POW's had died prior to the raid. When he returned to the states he and his wife hugged and cried tears of relief. They looked happy that they could now lay it to rest and move forward with their lives.

This is an interesting aspect to our lives: The ability to move ahead when difficulties occur. It is very easy to live in the past or the negative problems of the present. It is true that we have to deal with these things as best we can. But we have to accept our limitations sometimes. Or accept to have patience when that is necessary.

In the case of the movie they had a Vietnam to go back to in order to try and set things right. And sometimes we are fortunate to have a Vietnam. But mostly we must move forward having learnt from our mistakes. I'm thankful for repentance and a loving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ who teach us how to live.

Let me add my very deep thanks to those Vietnam veterans who saved South East Asia from the attempted Chinese Empire.


Anonymous said...

When I was on my mission I taught people that had bad times that one day through Jesus' atonement, the limitations and truncated dreams we have will end and we will receive our reward because of our faith in Him, just as Lazarus that having received bad things in life so he received good ones in the bosom of Abraham. Christ can made right all that was wrong.

Doug Towers said...


Very true: This is our time for learning through struggle. And the difficulties that are placed before us help us grow if we use them the right way.

If we follow Christ and listen to the Holy Ghost he will help us understand why we are going through the difficulties. When we understand this it makes us appreciate the opportunity given to us regardless of how tough.

Thanks for your input.