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It Takes an Act of Faith

 

There have been times in my life when I have felt encompassed in darkness.  I have also reached the point where I have wanted and even tried to end my life… but somehow, I am still here.  I am still needed, as are you.  You are needed.  The Lord needs YOU on HIS side.

 

The things that matter most

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Life is full of things.  Those things that are good.  Those things that are better; and those things that are best.  Which are we filling our life with?  I know that as I study the scriptures and as I am working to deepen my relationship with others, I am doing those things that matter most.

 

Suffering in Silence

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Do you ever feel like you are suffering in silence? Has a loved one just died and no one really seems to understand? Have you just not been able to be happy lately? Or perhaps no one really seems to be your friend…

Recently, I have felt this way. That is I have felt that I am suffering in silence. I don’t want people to know how I am really doing. I am supposed to be happy, right? Today I went to the pharmacy to pick up some medicines that I sent a prescription request to my psychiatrist, but they denied the refill… I just came home and cried. I have an appointment on the third, which really isn’t that far away, but it is that much longer of me not feeling up to par and having to ‘act’ my way through. Good thing I took acting classes in college…

But honestly, we do not need to suffer in silence. I have felt the love of God. He will help and direct us. He sent His Son to die for us not only to forgive us of our sins but to heal us from our hurt and pain. He loves us. He is truly there for us.

This movie has been more than inspiring to me. I hope you also enjoy. There are still happy moments in life. I know that God lives and that He is there for us so that we do not need to suffer in silence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHDvxPjsm8E

Where are we going anyway?

I love how the little girl in this picture is touching the scar on Christ's hand.  He has repeatedly shown His love to us.  He knows us personally and has gone through all that we have gone through because of the atonement.  I am so grateful for my Savior.

I love how the little girl in this picture is touching the scar on Christ’s hand. He has repeatedly shown His love to us. He knows us personally and has gone through all that we have gone through because of the atonement. I am so grateful for my Savior.

Have you ever wondered where you are goiong in life? If your life even has a purpose? Or what’s the point of even being here? I know I have…And I have found comfort in the Lord’s plan of salvation. I have found comfort and answers in His scriptures. He does love us and He has a plan for each one of us. As we listen to the Holy Spirit, we can be assured that what we are doing is following the Lord’s plan for us.

Greater than Ourselves

There are many things in life that we may feel that are greater than ourselves.  The universe for one instance is greater than ourselves.  Our Heavenly Father has created worlds without number.  Faith is another thing that is greater than ourselves.  President Gordon B. Hinckley once said:

“Faith in something greater than ourselves enable sus to do what we have said we’ll do, to press forward when we are tired or hurt or afraid, to keep going when the challenge seems overwhelming and the course is entirely uncertain.”

We can keep going with the Lord’s help.  He does love us.  And with faith in Him we can accomplish great things.

Preparation for eternity

Christ has prepared the way for us to return to our Father in Heaven through the atonement.

For a while now, I have been pondering on how we are to prepare in this life and how I personally can prepare for the future.  I recently started studying the Book of Mormon by marking every time it makes a reference to preparation or every time it mentions how some person prepares for something ahead of them.

I have found numerous times that the Lord prepares a way for us.  He prepares us for the trials that we face and the life that is ahead of us.  As we lean on Him and turn to Him, we are and will be prepared for what is ahead.

I like this quote about preparation from M. Russell Ballard.  He says:

“We prepare each day, right now, for eternal life.  If we are not preparing for eternal life, we are preparing for something else, perhaps something far less.”

We need to be preparing ourselves for those things that are eternal in life.  Those are the things of highest priority.  Are we preparing ourselves for eternal life?  Are we preparing ourselves to live with our Heavenly Father?  He has prepared the way for us.  Are we walking in that way?  Christ said in John 14:6:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The way to prepare, once again we see, is by coming to Christ and leaning on Him.  It is accepting Him as our Savior and Redeemer.

Ways to Prepare

The following is a list of ways we can prepare to live with our Father in Heaven and to come closer to Christ that I have found in my study of the Book of Mormon so far (I have a lot more to go):

  1. Being obedient (1 Nephi 2)
  2. Praying in Faith (1 Nephi 2; 15:11; 16:24; 18:21)
  3. (Nephi) took nothing with him save it were his family, provisions, and tents. (1 Nephi 2:4)
  4. He built an altar of stones (1 Nephi 2:7)
  5. Having great desires to know the mysteries of God (1 Nephi 2:16)
  6. Cry unto the Lord (1 Nephi 2:16,18)
  7. Keep the commandments (1 Nephi 2:20,22; 15:11; 17:13; 20:18)
  8. Pray for mercy (1 Nephi 8:8)
  9. I, (Lehi) cast my eyes round about; that perhaps I might discover my family. (1 Nephi 8:13)
  10. Press Forward through mist of darkness (1 Nephi 8:21,24,30)
  11. Cling to or hold fast to the rod of iron, or the word of God (1 Nephi 8:24; 15:24)
  12. Heed not the scorn and persecution of the world and the worldly (1 Nephi 8:33)
  13. Exhort others with all the feeling of a tender parent (1 Nephi 8:37)
  14. Rely on the Redeemer (1 Nephi 10:6)
  15. Prepare the way for the Lord (1 Nephi 10:7,8)
  16. Receive the fullness of the Gospel of Christ (1 Nephi 10:14)
  17. Have faith on the Son of God (1 Nephi 10:17; 12:10,11)
  18. Diligently seek Christ (1 Nephi 10:17,19)
  19. Repent and come unto Him (1 Nephi 10:18; 13:40; 14:5)
  20. Desire, ponder in your heart (1 Nephi 11:1)
  21. Believe in the Son of the most high God (1 Nephi 11:1,6; 15:11)
  22. Seek to bring forth the Lord’s Zion (1 Nephi 13:37)
  23. Endure to the end (1 Nephi 13:37)
  24. Publish peace and tidings of great joy (1 Nephi 13:37)
  25. Come unto Him according to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb (1 Nephi 13:41)
  26. Hearken unto the Lamb of God (1 Nephi 14:1; 15:24)
  27. Harden not your hearts against the Lamb of God (1 Nephi 14:2; 15:11)
  28. Gather together (1 Nephi 14:13)
  29. Arm yourself with righteousness and with the power of God (1 Nephi 14:14)
  30. Humble yourselves (1 Nephi 16:24; 18:4)
  31. Bear your journeyings without murmuring (1 Nephi 17:2; 18:16)
And the list goes on… There are so many ways that we can be preparing ourselves for eternal life.  These are just some of the ways that I have found in the first 50 pages of the Book of Mormon.  The scriptures are full of ways to become better people and to fill our lives with joy and peace.  
I know that as we prepare ourselves to live with our Heavenly Father again, our lives are filled with more meaning, purpose, and joy.  As we do these things, we are filled with the Spirit of the Lord and able to recognize our true identity as sons and daughters of God.

Restoration

Restoration

What is restoration?  In the Bible Dictionary, restoration is defined as:

“A return of something once present, but which has been taken away or lost.  It involves, for example, the renewal of the earth to its paradisaical glory as it was before the fall of Adam.  In terms of the soul of man it means a return of the individual to the presence of God, and includes the reuniting of the physical body with the spirit.  It means a re-establishment of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth in the last days, with the powers, ordinances, doctrines, offices, and all things as they have existed in former ages.  It means a gathering together of the house of Israel from its scattered condition.”

The Lord’s Gospel

There was a period of time where the gospel of Jesus Christ was taken from the earth.  But in these latter days His gospel has been restored!  What a glorious message.  He loves us and has given us the way and the means to return to Him and to receive revelation from Him in our lives.  I am forever grateful.