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You have two choices

This is a quote from an article I was studying this morning by Randall K. Bennett:

“In reality we have only two eternal choices, each with eternal consequences:  choose to follow the Savior of the world and thus choose eternal life with our Heavenly Father or choose to follow the world and thus separate ourselves from Heavenly Father eternally.”

What thoughts come to your mind as you ponder that quote?

We choose…

In life, each of us has the ability to choose.  Our Heavenly Father gave us each the gift of free agency.  Sometimes this gift may be frustrating to people who would rather not have to make choices.  Sometimes I have even found myself not really caring about some things and not wanting to make a decision or choice.

But choices are so essential.  Free agency is so important to our mortal sojourn.  In the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 2: 27 it says:

” 27 Wherefore, men are afree according to the bflesh; and callthings are dgiven them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to echoosefliberty and eternal glife, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be hmiserable like unto himself.”

We get to choose if we want to be free and have eternal life or if we want to choose captivity and death.  Really we only have those to choices.  This is explained in this quote found in Sheri Dew’s book, No Doubt About It:

“The contrast between the Savior and Satan is stunning.  It is the quintessential difference between light and dark, humility and arrogance, charity and self-interest, power used to bless and power used to destroy.  It is the battle between good and evil personified.

A journalist stationed in Europe for the Saturday Evening Post during the 1930’s as Hitler rose to power said this during an address at a convention in Toronto on May 2, 1941: ‘Before this epoch is over, every living human (will have to make a choice).  Every living human being will have lined up with Hitler or against him.  Every living human being will either have opposed this onslaught or supported it.  For if he tries to make no choice, that in itself will be a choice.  If he takes no side, He is on Hitler’s side.  If he does not act, that is an act–for Hitler’ (In Our Own Words, 130).

It is not likewise true that before this epoch, meaning this mortal experience, is over, every living human will have to make a choice and line up either with Satan or against him?  Every one of us will have either opposed Satan’s onslaught or supported it.  And if we attempt to make no choice, that in itself will be a choice.  For if we take no side, we will be, in essence, on Satan’s side.  If we do not act for the Lord, we are indeed acting in behalf of the adversary.”

Let us each make the choice to be on the Lord’s side.  Let us choose the Lord and all that comes with that choice.

Remember who You Are…

I was watching The Lion King last night and I was reminded again of how important it is for us to remember who we are and to not live below our privileges.  Hopefully you can see part of what touched me as you listen to the clip and think of yourself in Simba’s place.

You are a son or daughter of God.  You were born to be royalty.  We are each sons or daughters of the Most High King.  Are you living your life in such a way or have you gone the way that Simba chose to for a while by just living with his motto as:  “a-cuna-matata.”

Here is the clip:

Our Heavenly Father’s spirit does live inside each of us.  He is a part, a huge part, of who we are.  Let us remember who we are and live our lives accordingly.

Day to Day Decisions

“It is not so much the major events as the small day-to-day decisions that map the course of our living.”

–Gordon B. Hinckley

“We would do well to slow down a little.  Focus on the significant.  Lift up our eyes and truly see the things that matter most.”

–Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Moments are the molecules that make up eternity.”

–Neil A. Maxwell

If Only

If Only I were better...

If Only…

Do you ever catch yourself saying ‘if only…’ You can fill in the blank.  If only I had done this or if only I hadn’t been so frustrated, etc.

We could all fill our lives up with if only’s.  But it is important to recognize that we cannot change the past, we can only change our future by the actions that we take in the present.

So instead of beating ourselves up with if only, let us allow ourselves to forgive ourselves and others and move on with our lives.  Let us strive to be better people so we are not crushing and beating ourselves down with ‘if only’s.’

None of us are perfect.  Each of us have a need for the Savior.  He will help us to forgive ourselves and move on with our lives with faith.

We each have a future ahead of us.  Sometimes we need to remember to look up and forward rather than looking down or back.  Thomas S. Monson has said that

“Your future is as bright as your faith.”

Carl B. Cook has also said in his talk entitled “It is Better to Look Up:”

“If we exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life.”

I know that the previous statements are true.  I know that the Savior is real and that He is there to help us.  I love the hymn “The Lord is my Light:”

“The Lord is my light; then why should I fear?
By day and by night his presence is near. …
He is my joy and my song.
By day and by night he leads … me along.”

Heavenly Father is Available to All

Is your heart open to feel God's love?

My Heart

I have felt that my heart has been closing up to those around me ever since I started the downward spiral towards being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder.  I feel often now that my heart has closed up so much that it has become very difficult for me to open it up to others, even as I have been recovering well from my diagnosis of almost a year ago now.

While I am one to trust easily, I just cannot seem to get myself to open my heart fully to others or to God’s love.  I have a strong desire to be able to, but fear or something keeps pulling me back.  It seems like that I cannot allow myself to truly ‘feel’ again.  I mean, I can have feelings that only go so deep, but as soon as they get closer to my heart and deeper in my soul, I turn away.

Perhaps, my mind is telling me that if I allow myself to feel again, I am inviting depression into my life once more.  This is something that I have been struggling with and praying for help for quite some time.  I ask to know how I can open my heart more to be filled with charity and love.  I seek for answers and strive to follow the inspiration I receive.

Hardened Hearts

I read daily in the scriptures about those who have hardened their hearts to the word of God and have become callous in learning.  Each day I recognize how I do not want that to be me, how I want to stay far away from becoming someone with a hard heart.

When we harden our hearts or begin to close them up and allow them to solidify, we lock ourselves away from the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord.  We corner ourselves to very limited understanding.  Often, we isolate ourselves from truly feeling the Lord’s great love for us.

How we keep our Hearts soft and open

So, how do we keep our hearts soft and open to the Love of our Heavenly Father?  What I have found in my studying and pondering this subject is that by being obedient and by living righteous lives we allow the Lord to work within us mighty changes.  As we continue in obedience and ask in faith, we can truly have a mighty change of heart.

In my life, the thing that has been helping me the most is building on my faith.  As I have faith in Christ, I am able to open up my heart and know that He will be there to help me no matter what happens.  Even if I end up spiraling back downward, He will help me to know that I am a beautiful daughter of God, who loves me and I love Him.  He will help me to remember to stand as a witness of Him at all times, in all things, and in all places.

As I open my heart and my soul to the influence of the Holy Spirit, I will be able to understand God’s truths and all that He has in store for me.  I know that as you do this, you also will be able to lay hold upon the great blessings God has for you.  He is available to each and every one of us.

Off by only a matter of degrees

The Movement of even the smallest degree can make a huge impact.

Small decisions can make a Huge impact

I would like to relate a story that Gordon B. Hinckley shared.  He said:

“The course of our lives is not determined by great, awesome decisions. Our direction is set by the little day-to-day choices which chart the track on which we run.

Many years ago I worked in the head office of one of our railroads. One day I received a telephone call from my counterpart in Newark, New Jersey, who said that a passenger train had arrived without its baggage car. The patrons were angry.

We discovered that the train had been properly made up in Oakland, California, and properly delivered to St. Louis, from which station it was to be carried to its destination on the east coast. But in the St. Louis yards, a thoughtless switchman had moved a piece of steel just three inches.

That piece of steel was a switch point, and the car that should have been in Newark, New Jersey, was in New Orleans, Louisiana, thirteen hundred miles away.

So it is with our lives—a cigarette smoked, a can of beer drunk at a party, a shot of Speed taken on a dare, a careless giving in to an impulse on a date. Each has thrown a switch in the life of a boy that put him on a track that carried him far away from what might have been a great and foreordained calling. And as Nephi said, “… thus the devil cheateth their souls and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.” (2 Ne. 28:21.)”

Little decisions can indeed make a huge impact in our lives.  When making a wrong decision, it is a lot easier to get back on the right track when we do so immediately or sooner than later.  Before we know it, if we stay on the wrong track we are miles away from where we intended to be.

Off by only a matter of degrees

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf related this story in one of his addresses to the church:

“In 1979 a large passenger jet with 257 people on board left New Zealand for a sightseeing flight to Antarctica and back. Unknown to the pilots, however, someone had modified the flight coordinates by a mere two degrees. This error placed the aircraft 28 miles (45 km) to the east of where the pilots assumed they were. As they approached Antarctica, the pilots descended to a lower altitude to give the passengers a better look at the landscape. Although both were experienced pilots, neither had made this particular flight before, and they had no way of knowing that the incorrect coordinates had placed them directly in the path of Mount Erebus, an active volcano that rises from the frozen landscape to a height of more than 12,000 feet (3,700 m).

As the pilots flew onward, the white of the snow and ice covering the volcano blended with the white of the clouds above, making it appear as though they were flying over flat ground. By the time the instruments sounded the warning that the ground was rising fast toward them, it was too late. The airplane crashed into the side of the volcano, killing everyone on board.

It was a terrible tragedy brought on by a minor error—a matter of only a few degrees. 1

Through years of serving the Lord and in countless interviews, I have learned that the difference between happiness and misery in individuals, in marriages, and families often comes down to an error of only a few degrees.”

Even little things in our lives are important.  We must consult with the Lord in our decisions and in the things we choose to do in our lives.  Even a difference of just a couple degrees can make a huge impact.

How do we know we are on the right course?