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.
Because of Him
Because of our Savior, we are given so very much.
I invite all mankind, everywhere, to consider how very blessed we are by the hand of God. As well as the incredible sacrifice of his beloved son Jesus Christ.
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.
Doctrine and Covenants 84:88
And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.
This is a scripture has helped me a TON on my mission so far. I can truly testify that you as well as I, are watched over each and every day of our lives, and we need not fear when we have faith in one greater than us.
If you ever feel like you are alone and are lost, know that you can pray at all times, and in all places to one who loves you and cares for you. Because he is your literal spiritual father.