Small Streams and Great Rivers

Based on an article by Tom Edmunds


When Tom Edmunds crossed a platform over a small stream, he learned the stream was a tributary to the Mississippi River. At its greatest width, the Mississippi River is nearly one mile across.

Brother Edmunds explains, just as small streams can turn into great rivers, “we each have such tributaries and rivers in our own lives, for evil and good.”

Negative streams of life can start with:

  • An indiscretion, such as telling a little lie.
  • Looking “just once” at pornography.
  • Allowing a seed of anger to be planted in our souls.

“Repentance allows us to cross over such transgressions easily while they are small. But if we keep feeding an evil stream, it eventually forms a sinister river.”

There are also spiritually strengthening streams. They start small, but can grow through the daily habits of:

  • Personal prayer.
  • Scripture study.
  • Keeping a journal.

Such recurring events become tributaries of testimony, flowing together to transform our spiritual stream into a river of righteousness.

Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33).

Read the full article here.


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