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Trials

"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted...All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, souls, and makes us more tender and charitable...It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire." -Orson F. Whitney

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted…All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, souls, and makes us more tender and charitable…It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.” -Orson F. Whitney

Each of us will experience some of these trials during our lives…The challenges we face today are in their own way similar to those challenges from the past.

The Savior is there to help.  When we come to Him, He heals us and helps us to endure our trials.

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Becoming

How do we become people who other people need?  The Lord has made us this way.  He has given each of us the responsibility to serve and care for others.

Sometimes you may feel alone when you are reaching out to others, but with Christ you are never alone.

A Quote and a video for the Day…

I am really impressed with this quote and thought I would share it with you today…. I may have shared it before, but it is such a good scripture:

“That which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.  That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” –Doctrine and Covenants 50:23-24

Do the things that you do in your everyday life edify?  Do the things that you listen to, watch, or view edify you?

This video really touched me today.  I hope you are touched by it as well and perhaps want to be a little better because of it.

Let Virtue Garnish your thoughts

After studying this verse in the Doctrine and Covenants 121:45, I pondered on its meaning:

“Let thy bowesls also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.”

How do we let virtue garnish our thoughts?  We have to allow it in.  How do we allow virtue into our thoughts?  How do we not allow it into our thoughts?

I think that by surrounding ourselves with the filthiness that the world glorifies, we are hindering ourselves from letting virtue garnish our thoughts.  We also hinder ourselves from letting virtue garnish our thoughts as we keep or make ourselves too busy to care about the most important things:  the things of God.

There are so many ways we can let virtue into our lives.  I have found in my life that the easiest way to do this is step by step and little by little.  We can start by praying for help and then read and study God’s words.  We can attend our church meetings and surround ourselves with those people who inspire faith in us and make us want to be better people.  We can be more selective about the entertainment we choose to view or listen to.  I challenge you to be more virtuous in your life.  I will take my challenge as well.  It brings great joy and blessings.

An Example of the Believers

1 Timothy 4: 12 says:

 12 Let no man adespise thy youth; but be thou an bexample of the believers, in word, in cconversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, indpurity.

This is a video of a young woman who is an example of the believers.  You and I too can be an example of the believers.

Increasing Joy

As I was studying this morning this phrase stuck out to me in 2 Nephi 19:3 when Isaiah speaks of the Messiah:

“Thou hast multiplied the nation, and increased the joy–they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest.”

I have never thought of increasing joy in such a way.  The Savior did increase the joy of those around Him.  So what exactly is joy?

An online dictionary defines joy as the following:

“1.

the emotion of great delight or happiness caused bysomething exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure;elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son’s success.
2.

a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something orsomeone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is apure joy.
3.

the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.

4.

a state of happiness or felicity.”
The Lord helps us to have a pure state of happiness.  His happiness and joy is long-lasting.  He increases joy by helping people to realize their full potential and building people up.
Do you increase the joy?
Do you increase the joy of those around you?  This is the Christmas season.  The season of Christ, where we can have that spirit.  It truly is a time to sing and exclaim “Joy to the World.”  We have great reason to have joy.  Let us strive to increase the joy around us this day.  It will truly bring us happiness.

Why read the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ.  Through the hardest times in my life, I have found comfort, strength, and guidance through its pages and passages.  I have learned to rely more on my Savior and how to become more like Him.  I would invite each of you to read the Book of Mormon.  If you do so prayerfully and with a sincere heart, it can change your lives for the better, to better know your Savior and His gospel.  He loves you.