Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The gospel of Jesus Christ has changed my life. It has brought me true happiness that I would have found no other way. For those who truly embrace the gospel and have faith to become true disciples of Jesus Christ, there are better days ahead. There are blessings that will be poured out upon them. They will find joy that they have never felt before. I know this is true, because I have felt it in my life. I love how Elder Holland describes it. Even if we get discouraged and it seems like things will never work out, if we follow the example of Jesus Christ, there are good things to come.
Friday, April 1, 2011
"Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
"Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
"And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever". (2 Nephi 29:7-9)I know that we are all children of God. And reading the Book of Mormon has helped me draw closer to Christ and feel His love for me more than anything other book. I know there is power in the Book of Mormon because it is the word of God. It can change lives. I know it has for me. And I'm grateful that God loves us enough to give us another testament of Jesus Christ to help us strengthen our relationship with Him and understand His plan for us.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Praying is an act of faith. And at times, it can be difficult to pray. We can become stubborn, or prideful, or convince ourselves that God isn't really listening and we won't recieve an answer to our prayer. But those feelings do not come from God.
"And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray. But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul." (2 Nephi 32:8-9)As children of a loving Father in Heaven, He wants to hear from us. Sometimes we don't know what to pray for. But all we have to do is tell God what is in our hearts. We can ask for things that we are in need of, tell Him how we're feeling, thank Him for blessings He's given us, and pray for others. Sometimes it's important that we ask Him for guidance in making important decisions, or ask for help to line our will with His. But what's most important is that we are praying. When we call on Him, it shows that we have faith that He is there and that He is aware of us. Prayer is a commandment given to each of us. By following this commandment, we can recieve many blessings.
I know that our Heavenly Father loves each of us so much, and He does hear and answer our prayers. I have seen many miracles throughout my life because I was willing to turn to Him in earnest prayer. He is there and He's waiting to hear from us.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Life is not always easy. We all go through trials in our lives. But we don't have to get through them alone. When Christ suffered for us in the Garden of Gethsemane, He experienced everything we would ever have to go through., "pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind." (Alma 7:11-12) He can help us through our struggles, because He's been there before. It's always been comforting to me to know that there is someone who truly does understand. We can cast our burdens upon Him, and He will make them light. (Psalms 55:22) That doesn't mean that all of our troubles will just go away, but we will be given peace and strength to get through them. He will comfort us, just as He did with the people of Alma in the Book of Mormon when they relied on Him. (Mosiah 24:11-16) They were good people who were put in bondage. But they continued to pray and excercise their faith. The Lord didn't take their problems away all at once, but eased their burdens. They "submitted cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord" and that's when they were set free. If we trust in the Lord and believe He is there for us, we can overcome any obsticle in our path. There is hope in this life, and that hope comes from Christ.
As humans, we all make mistakes at times. And it can be hard to change our lives. But Jesus Christ is our Savior. And through Him we can become sancitifed, or in other words, made holy and free from sin. The only way this is possible is if we excercise faith in Christ and believe in the power of His Atonement.
George S. Tate said:
George S. Tate said:
Through the Atonement, we can have a mighty change of heart and become true disciples of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful that Christ was willing to suffer for me, so that I could be forgiven and return to live with my Father in Heaven.Alma 5:14), we will “be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (Moro. 7:48), and we will mirror back to him the joy and peace of his countenance: “The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Num. 6:26.) The peace of Christ is a summation of all beatitude. In my own experience, even a momentary, fleeting refraction of it has left me with an unspeakable sense of being filled, and at the same time with an inconsolable longing to regain his presence."