These past few weeks, I had the opportunity to spend a little time in the mountains. As I stood and surveyed the beauty there, my mind wandered to the symbolism of a mountain.
When I was a child, my family would often go up to the mountains in Little Cottonwood Canyon. I always found a moment to sneak away to a rock, we called it cup rock, and spend a little alone time there. It was a large rock you had to climb and at the top, which was slightly concave, was a very nice, private sitting place. I could see there a beautiful view of the mountains. I am certain that I said more than a few childlike prayers there.
I was alone. It was quiet. I was at peace.
In the scriptures, we see many times people going to the mountain to commune with God. Abraham went to the mountain. Moses did. Nephi did, several times. In I Nephi 17:7, he states: ” And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been in the land of Bountiful for the space of many days, the voice of the Lord came unto me, saying: Arise, and get thee into the mountain. And it came to pass that I arose and went up into the mountain, and cried unto the Lord.”
And, in 1 Nephi 18: “And I, Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; wherefore the Lord showed unto me great things.”
There is symbolism in going to a higher place to find closeness to God. We can seek God and find Him, but we must go. We must choose to find Him. Whether it is in our homes, in our sanctuaries, in our temples, or in the majesties of nature, we can find God. We need to be renewed and seek peace from Him often.
I remember that feeling as a young girl, and I know that feeling now. I am in constant need of His nourishment.
“Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)
Wherever your mountain is, I hope you find Him.