Cherry Blossoms and Tooth Aches

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This last week we had the chance to see the cherry blossoms of DC before they all disappeared.

Our roommates came with us, but one of them had his tooth pulled earlier that same day. So he was in pain, and not in the greatest of spirits. I walked with him through the Cherry Blossoms, thanking the Lord for the wonderful blessings I had in my life, and thanking him for watching out for me. My dear friend was a little preoccupied to look on the bright side of things. Understandable.

As you walk through life, do you see the magnificent blossoms of the blessings and tender mercies of the Lord around you?

Or do you focus on the pain?

This life was not meant to be soft and squishy. It was meant to be a little rough, so that we can learn, and grow.

But through these trials, we need to always remember that there is a bright finish, and shining light along the way.

So remember to look heavenward, patiently wait, and strive on. 

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Faith

Faith

What is faith?

To have faith is to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (see Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1). Each day you act upon things you hope for, even before you see the end result. This is similar to faith.

Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him. It is a principle of action and power.

The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you.

As this faith grows inside you, It becomes unwavering and a firm foundation. Faith in Christ brings salvation. Because true faith brings results.

The results of true faith is repentance.

That’s tomorrow.

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Our Responsibility to Rescue

Our Responsibility to Rescue

Every day you make decisions, and each decision, whether you realize it or not, brings you closer or takes you farther away from Christ. And as we strive each and every day to make the correct choices, those around us make decisions as well. Some choose to do the right, while others choose to strive deeper down a dark path.

It is truly sad when those we love make choices that are not in harmony with the Savior’s teachings. What can you do? How can you help those who are Lost, or abandoning hope?

A quote from President Monson:

“Consider the lost among the aged, the widowed, and the sick. All too often they are found in the parched and desolate wilderness of isolation called loneliness. When youth departs, when health declines, when vigor wanes, when the light of hope flickers ever so dimly, they can be succored and sustained by the hand that helps and the heart that knows compassion.”

“There are, of course, others who need rescue. Some struggle with sin while others wander in fear or apathy or ignorance. For whatever reason, they have isolated themselves from activity in the Church. And they will almost certainly remain lost unless there awakens in us—the active members of the Church—a desire to rescue and to save.”

So what can you really do to rescue and save those who need saving?

First, Be an example for them to look too. When you are standing solid on the rock of the Savior, only then can you be steady enough to pull them on without being pulled off.

Second, show them the eternal possibilities that are here for them to give them Joy. Think of the Joy and happiness you have felt as you actively served those around you. Now think of others experiencing that same joy.

Lastly, Love your neighbor as yourself. The best thing you can do is follow Christ’s example and just love them. Each action of love toward them will leave a little bit of the light of Christ to press upon them, and you will see the seeds of renewing faith grow in the fertile ground of your love and the Savior’s charity.

It all hinges on love. When you love Christ, you will have no problem loving everyone. And you will be so willing to serve them. And to rescue the Lost sheep.

I bare my testimony, that as you take the time to seek out those you know that need a helping hand, and take the time to help them, You will feel the greatest joy in the world. There is no greater feeling then the one you get when you have a part in saving a soul.

Who are you thinking of?