Monday, July 14, 2008

My Own Sacred Grove

I went camping this past weekend outside of Seaside Oregon with some friends. With so much weighing heavily on my heart and mind, I made frequent visits alone into the wilderness where I was able to find my own "Sacred Grove". It was here that I was able to read my scriptures, ponder and pray. I grew up in Oregon, and though I haven't been back since I was a little child, it all seems so familiar to me. I was reminded, amazed and humbled at the beauty of this world that our Heavenly Father has created for us.
What an incredible opportunity it was to reconnect with my Heavenly Father and to feel his love. Even amidst the whirlwind that is my life at the present, I was able to feel his comfort. I echoed the words of another when I thought to myself "Lord, how is it done?" I am amazed at how the spirit can calm our souls in times of trial.
I couldn't think of a better "reading room" in which to ponder the scriptures. I wish I could sit by the creekbed everyday and study.
I was amazed the beauty that surrounded me. These beautiful bell-shaped flowers were everywhere.

As I trekked further down the trail, I felt small in this universe as I noticed all creatures, great and small.


I even managed to carry on a conversation with this chipmunk who kept coming closer. I would speak, and then he would respond. It was quite magical...and humorous.


I even took notice of the many snakes on the trail. This is one of my little buddies that I almost stepped on.




9 comments:

Jon, Ashley and Lily said...

Jared:

Great post! I read this while I was taking a break from preparing my Sunday School lesson. I had just finished reading Alma 32, I was impressed by vs 10 and 11. "Do ye suppose that ye must not worship God save it be in your synagogues only?.. Do ye suppose that ye must not worship God only once a week?... I hate it when I am COMPELLED to be humble... the better route is to simply pray always, Anywhere and everywhere... the great outdoors is one of my favorites :)

Hope things are going well for you in Oregon. It is a different beauty than Hawaii... but certainly one of the most gorgeous places on earth.

Best,

Cousin Jon

Jared Haddock said...

A friend of mine asked me about my blog, and when it didn't sound familiar, they sent me to this blog. It's good to see another Jared Haddock who is a strong member of the church. Interesting thing is I also have a link to Hawaii. It's a small mormon world-
Jared Haddock
jaredandnat.blogspot.com

Kari and Ryan said...

What amazing pictures! What a beautiful world indeed. So glad you are doing well. When are you coming for a visit? We haven't seen you for such a long time!!

Jared said...

I am hoping to be able to come back around Christmas time.

Jami Stevenson said...

I didn't know you were in Oregon, and I had totally forgotten that you grew up there! The pics are beautiful, I can see why you wanted to go back home.

Signe said...

Gorgeous shots. Looking back through history, it's amazing how many people would seek out the woods to pray (Joseph Smith, of course, George Washington, Luther).

Karen Scoffield said...

I am so jealous you are in Oregon. Lincoln and I lived in Salem for 4 years while he was in law school and we miss it terribly.

If you are in Salem you need to eat at La Hacienda Real (amazing Mexican food) and the Ram.

Karen Scoffield said...

I am so jealous you are in Oregon. Lincoln and I lived in Salem for 4 years while he was in law school and we miss it terribly.

If you are in Salem you need to eat at La Hacienda Real (amazing Mexican food) and the Ram.

Jami Stevenson said...

Where are you? We miss being updated on your life...time for a new post!