Today I look back on a day when I was hauling hay for a family that I worked for for a couple of years while growing up.
Their older boy who had not yet left on his mission was there along with
his younger brother, and the three of us were hauling hay from out in
the meadow up to the stack yard. The oldest boy was out in the field
lining up bales and loading us up when we went out to him, and the
younger brother and I were driving back and forth and when we would get
to the stack yard I would unload us.
Both the younger brother and myself were driving two old 2-ton trucks
with flat racks on the backs of them. We could haul eleven big round one
ton bales at a time. If you are very familiar with round bales you know
that it isn't very easy to get them well balanced on a trailer or truck
when you stack them. The oldest boy had many experiences with this
throughout his growing up life and so he was the designated stacker and
Now when you are working down in a meadow you have to work around a lot
of canals and ditches and there isn't really any rhyme or reason to the
paths you must take to navigate your way around and back out to the
stack yard. Sometimes you feel like you are in a maze that you are
struggling to find your way out of. Part way through the year there
begins to be a worn out path along the trail that will lead you out. You
progressively add on to the end of that path the further you get from
the stack yard.
I am an individual who isn't very patient most days and I try to get
things done very effectively and quickly. On occasion this is a quality
that doesn't treat me very well.
One day while hauling hay down in the meadow we were in this particular
part of the field. This piece was always sort of a pain in my eyes just
because in order to get to it you had to take an extra long route and go
through a narrow gate. All the while once you get out there and are
getting loaded up you are right across a decent size canal/slew from the
beaten path that takes you back to the stack yard. Now if you are to go
the long way, by the time you get to that same spot on the road you
have used 15-20 minutes of your time. If you were to just cross that
canal/slew you would save yourself all that time. But as well, to cross
right there you had a higher risk of getting stuck and as well a higher
risk of rocking some bales off of your load.
This was a certainly dry summer and everything had dried up pretty quick
once we shut all the water off. By the time we found ourselves working
on this part of the field that canal had dried up quite well. I had
hauled almost every load out of there and back to the stack yard when I
decided that I was just going to go ahead and cross the now dried up
canal. I drove by and checked to make sure that it was pretty dry, and
it really was. Once I did that I got back in the truck and went out in
the field just a short distance to get a run at it because I knew I
would still sink a bit because of the weight of the truck and the load I
When my front tires got to the close side of the canal I was still
moving good and I wasn't really in too much trouble, but I quickly began
to slow down as the front tires started to sink into the black soot
like soil. As I got my front end close to the other side I was in high
hopes of making it through without losing any bales. I soon realized
that it was only a desire. The back end of the truck had entered the
canal just before my front end came out and I was stuck. I was on an
angle and both bumpers were on either side of the canal holding me up.
On top of that I had lost a couple of bales off of my load. I called the
older brother and had to explain myself and why I had made that bad
decision. I did so and when he got the chance he drove over in his
tractor and helped push me out to the other side and make sure I was all
loaded up good again. Once he was done with that he said, "Don't do
that again, just take the long way around. It saves a lot of trouble."
It had actually been slightly faster even going through those problems,
but we still had a negative experience to get to that point instead of a
In our lives God has principles and ordinances by which we need to
abide. When we try and short cut ourselves in the experiences of life
because we think we can get away with it we are always wrong.
We have the option to either learn things from good experiences with
obedience or with bad experiences and disobedience. Often times when an
individual learns from a negative experience they have scares remaining
from the trials along the way, whether they be emotional or physical.
When someone is patient and listens to the spirit guiding them they
learn because of Faith and persistent obedience. This is a much better
way to learn and gain a knowledge or testimony of something. The people
who learn this way are more apt to know more pure joy much like Christ.
Jesus Christ did All Things with exactness and in obedience.
As we follow his example and we don't take the short cut, across what
seems to be a dried up canal, we will be able to experience more
enriched blessing in our lives and a constant guidance from the Holy
These blessings can be accessed at their fullest in the restored church
of Jesus Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where
his authority is alive and revelation from Him guides us as members each
and every day. You can gain your own personal revelation that Christ's
church is on the earth today through The Book of Mormon.
(Always feel free to comment and discuss)