This was the challenge: Go where
God leads and make the world you find
yourself in a better place. Live in it and
improve it, with whatever creative ideas
He gives you. We often are called to leave
the comfortable and familiar to go to the
uncomfortable and foreign, and whether
we are called to go across the country or
across the street, the call comes to each
one of us and to our families as well.
What will greet us when we get there?
Many challenges and obstacles greeted
Charles, Caroline, Laura, and her family: fires, grasshopper plagues, and Indian
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treaties that left them homeless. Nonethe-
less, many blessings greeted the family as
well: new friends like Mr. Edwards with his
songs of Old Dan Tucker; Miss Eva Beadle
with her sweet face and lovely smile; the
handsome man who would become Laura’s
husband, Almanzo Wilder; and the Rever-
end Alden, who preached the first church
sermon Laura ever heard.
. . . Go where God
leads and make the
world you find yourself
in a better place.
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He makes His home with us, He promises to be with us. “Faithful is he that calleth
you . . .” (I Thessalonians 5: 24).
Upon arrival at the destination to which
God has called us, we need to intentionally improve it. How do we do that? Jesus
himself tells us in John 15: “I am the vine;
you are the branches. He that abideth in me,
and I in him, the same bringeth forth much
fruit: for without me ye can do nothing . . . .
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen
you, and ordained you, that ye should go
and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain . . .” (John 15: 5, 16).
Hear the call, follow God in faith, and
make the destination of His choosing a
better place for your having been there.
Such was the map to success for more
than a half-million homesteaders in the
late 1800s, and it is a map to success for
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