June 18, 2021 - Joshua Trees and Tumbleweeds

Tumbleweeds have no mind of their own. They move in one direction—the direction of the wind. When the connection between the plant and its roots dries out, the plant breaks free from its foundation with a simple gust of wind.
Paul warned the Ephesians that some people are “tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14).
Joshua trees and tumbleweeds grow side by side. Each is subject to the same heat and cold, soil conditions, and wind. But one stands and the other tumbles.

Lisa L. Harkness, "Stand Strong", For the Strength of Youth, June 2021

This is something that I never really thought of before. I've seen Joshua Trees and I've seen tumbleweeds, but I never really pondered the difference between the two.

One is firmly rooted in the ground and the other has weak roots that are easily ripped off by the winds.

That is absolutely analogous to our lives. There are two types of people in this life. One is firmly rooted, like a Joshua Tree, and the other is blown about by even the weakest of winds, like a tumbleweed.

Both are subject to the exact same conditions in this world. Both are subject to the storms, the heat, the cold, and the winds of this life. But... only one type is unmoved by those conditions.

But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved

D&C 45:32

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