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Creating new friends

So many times in our lives we feel lonely and unappreciated. It is through our friends that we often feel the love that the Savior has for us.

Many times in my life I have felt alone and forgotten. Perhaps you can relate to those feelings. I know that friends help us to feel loved and that scriptures can be a source of peace and friendship. We feel the Savior’s love through the scriptures that we read.

One of my favorite scriptures is found in the Book of Mormon in Alma 18:35:

“35 And a portion of that aSpirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me bknowledge, and also power according to my faith and desires which are in God.”

Christ’s spirit lives in us! He loves us and is a part of us every day. Do we live up to that privilege?

I know He loves us and that we can feel that love through our friends, even the scriptures.

How I Got Through…

Recently I have been pondering how I was able to make it through severe trials and deep, consuming depression in my life.  How was I able to make it from one day to the next when all I wanted to do was die?  Or lie in my bed and do nothing?  How did I make it?  How did I get through the day, the hour, or the minute?

While I admit that I tried some things that did not really help me, there were some things I did that did help.  The things that did help me during these times brought me closer to my Savior.

I would read His words.  I would read books written by those who taught and preached of Christ.  A couple I especially liked were:  “God Wants a Powerful People” by Sheri Dew and “Standing For Something” by President Gordon B. Hinckley.  Their words comforted me and reminded me of who I could turn to for true comfort and peace.

The Savior is there for each of us.  He has felt our pains and afflictions.  I know that as I experience hard times in my life I can turn to Him and to His words to provide me with comfort, peace, and love.  Hard times do not and will not last forever.  Our Heavenly Father desires our happiness.  As we give our burdens over to the Lord we are made lighter and we are better able to live our lives.

I know that through remembering the Lord in all we do, we can come closer to Him and we can make it through our trials.  I was able to get through because of Christ.  I know that you can as well.

The Lord’s Anointed Speak

As I have been studying the Old Testament these past few weeks, I have been struck recently with the faith of David and His purity.  Even as Saul sought to destroy his life over and over again throughout 1 Samuel 18-26, David remains true to His Lord and does not harm Saul when He is given the opportunities.

As I have been studying the Old Testament these past few weeks, I have been struck recently with the faith of David and His purity.  Even as Saul sought to destroy his life over and over again throughout 1 Samuel 18-26, David remains true to His Lord and does not harm Saul when He is given the opportunities.

David had a great friendship with Saul’s son Jonathan, which helped him to remain safe from Saul’s javelin.

Here are some of the characteristics I listed of Saul, Jonathan, and David from 1 Samuel 18-26:

David

Jonathan

Saul

-Wise

-With the Lord

-Plans

-Trusting

-Kind

-Patient

-Tender

-Charitable

-Prayerful

-Obedient

-Forgiving

-Charitable

-Loving

-Honest

-Reasonable

-Trustworthy

-Jealous

-Fearful

-Has evil spirit

-Bitter

     
     

Friends

Jonathan loved David as his own flesh as it says in 1 Samuel 18:1-3.  He helped to save David’s life numerous times even when it went against the trust of his own father.  I believe that David and Jonathan had such a wonderful friendship because they were both followers of the Lord and wanted to do His will.  Jonathan knew the Lord was with David and that the Lord would protect him.  It is definitely a wonderful thing to have friends who will support and protect you.

I know in my life as I have leaned on my friends for support and they have been there for me, it has helped me to come closer to the Savior and gain His attributes.  These attributes include trust and love.  It is great to be close to those who have the same values and concerns as you do as was the case with Jonathan and David.

The Lord’s Anointed

Saul treated David very poorly because of jealousy.  After David slayed Goliath and the people chanted that David slayed his tens of thousands and Saul slayed thousands of Philistines, Saul was full of jealousy towards David.  He would not let go of it and it led him to hunt down David wherever he went.  Saul sought to take David’s life when David did nothing wrong to deserve this.  While Saul sought to do this, David treated Saul with forgiveness and mercy.  Saul was given to David twice to be able to kill, but David did not take his life or harm him.

I think 1 Samuel 24:17 sums up how Saul treated David and vice versa:

“And he (Saul) said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me agood, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.”

David did not harm Saul, because Saul was the Lord’s anointed.  He did not want to go against the Lord’s will.  Similarly, we have an opportunity to hear and know of the Lord’s will for us through heeding a prophet’s counsel and listening to the Lord’s anointed.

Prophets and apostles of the Lord will speak to us, each of us on March 30 and April 1.  I hope you will be able to listen and apply some of the counsel and direction they share with us.


Blogging for Good

I found this short video to be very enlightening:

Comfort

While I was going through some extremely rough times in my life that made me feel like I no longer wanted to exist, I loved turning to my God for comfort through the scriptures.  I love this verse found in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 8:12:

“I am He, yea I am He that comforteth you. Behold who art thou, that thou shouldst be afraid of men, who shall die, and of the son of man, who shall be made like unto grass?”

I know that you too can find comfort in the scriptures if you allow the spirit of the Lord to touch your hearts.

The Strait and Narrow

Bruce D. Porter once said:

“To leave the strait and narrow path is to leave the one path congruent with our own eternal nature.”

I agree completely with this statement.  We are each divine sons and daughters of God.  Our bodies are a house for His spirit.  As we leave the ways of the Lord or the strait and narrow path that leads to Him and His love, we are leaving the path that is align with who we really are as sons and daughters of God.

As you watch the following clip think of the following:

The fruit of the tree=love of God

The Strait and Narrow Path=the way that leads to God

The Iron Rod=The Word of God

We truly are sons and daughters of God.  As we push through the mists of darkness and remember and stay true to who we are then we will be happy and we will feel and taste of the love of God.

Where’d All the Good People Go?

Where'd all the good people go?

Where’d all the good people go?

Do you ever find yourself wondering about this question?  Does it ever feel like all of the good people just disappeared from the planet?

Sometimes we may feel as if we are the only individuals who really care and who really try to always do what is right.  Sometimes it can get lonely and sometimes it can be tiring.  But, it is so worth it!

Choosing the right leads us to the Savior or the World!  It leads us to eternal life, while choosing wrongly brings us into misery as it explains in 2 Nephi 2:27 in the Book of Mormon which states:

“Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man.  And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, 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 miserable like unto himself.”

What are you choosing in your life?  Perhaps you have allowed yourself to be one of those ‘good people’ who have gone away, causing others to wonder where all the good people went.

There is goodness

While it may not be obvious, I believe that each and every person has good in them.  Sometimes, it just takes us looking at them with a different perspective.  Perhaps we are wondering where the good people went because we are no longer looking for the good in others.

Individuals are children of Heavenly Father.  Each has a divine nature.  We are told that nothing evil comes from God as it says in the Book of Mormon in Moroni 7:12-13:

“Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually.

But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good and to love God, and to serve him is inspired of God.”

Now, I do understand that some individuals choose to serve the devil and be a part of his flock when they make certain choices in their lives.  But they are divinely and inherently a son or daughter of God.  That is their true identity.  They can let the dark scales fall off of them as they turn to their Savior and repent of their wrong doings.

We can help them by showing them love as Christ would.  We can make changes in our own lives so that we are those good people that have not gone away.

The Lord loves each of us.  He helps us through and in our struggles and trials.  We are given struggles and trials in life to refine us.  The Savior truly knows how to make us better than we ever thought we could be.

Let us turn to the Savior of the World and see all of those good people who surround us each day.