With Joy Shall Ye Draw Water Out of the Wells of Salvation – 2 Nephi 22:1-3

1 And in that day thou shalt say: O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou wast angry with me thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation.
3 Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
The summer after my first year in college, I was called to serve for two years as a full-time missionary for the Church.  When I entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, I was struck by the enthusiasm of my fellow missionaries.  One hymn which consistently generated energy was “The Lord is My Light.”  Whenever I read this scripture, I think of the missionaries singing that hymn, particularly the words, “He is my joy and my song!”
When we recognize the great blessings we have received from our Heavenly Father, we are in the proper frame of mind to find joy in His gospel.  I love the imagery of drawing water out of the wells of salvation.  Drawing water requires effort.  (Isaiah didn’t say, “With joy shall ye sip water out of the goblets of salvation.”)  But the wells are there, and we have access to them.  We didn’t create them.  We couldn’t have done it for ourselves.  But a loving God has made them available to us.  How foolish we would be either not to put forth the effort to draw the water at all, or to treat the task as a chore and draw the water begrudgingly and in misery!
Today, I will find joy in living the gospel.  I will seek to receive, enjoy, and acknowledge all of the blessings my Heavenly Father offers me, even when receiving those blessings requires some effort on my part.  I will draw water with joy out of the wells of salvation.
What can you do to find joy in living the gospel?

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