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.
Ever wondered if God still talked to man?
Well, on April 5th and 6th, at 10am MDT, you can listen to his Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and the General Authorities that preside in his church.
This event is called General Conference, and it happens twice a year.
As you listen to them, you will realize that they are servants of Jesus Christ. Your testimony of our Lord and Savior will deepen and you will feel God’s love in your life.
Are you ready to listen?
Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life.
In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness.
The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”).
While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
I would like to testify of the importance of family. I spend many a days looking for a family to teach the gospel too. Why a family? Because a family can support each other, a family can grow together, and remind each other of the promises they have made. They can find the Joy of Gospel of Jesus Christ together, and seeing that happen, seeing a family change for the better is a truly beautiful thing.
A happy family makes for a happy life.
Click on the photo to watch a super amazing video on Charity.
As you interact with many people each day, Do you take the time to look at them as the Savior does? To look deep into their eyes and to pray to know what that person is in need of, and then to smile and offer a act of kindness, and gesture of love, a helping hand.
Do you have eyes to see the struggles that those you know and love are facing each and every day? Or do you worry about your own sorrow, your own situation, your own “limited” circumstance? Or do you sacrifice your time and love for those around you and serve, with love and charity infused in your actions of pure intent?
Life is hard! But guess what? Everyone is going through trials like you are! So why not lessen another burden and as they see your act of kindness, they may act likewise and help another. And sooner or later, you will be blessed many times in turn.
I testify that as we truly share our love with those around us, We will feel happier in our lives and God will smile down upon us, and shower the blessings as the dew of heaven to our feet.
People who have lived through a disaster never say, “All I could think about during the earthquake was my bank account.” They almost always say, “All I could think about was my wife and children.” It shouldn’t require a disaster for us to know this truth. But too often, we let earning money, chasing pleasure, or even the needs of people outside our families divert our attention. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints families come first.
I testify that god organized us into families so that we can be happy and learn together. I encourage you to show your family the love you have for them through kind words, charitable actions, and service. As you do you will find a joy and peace in your life and with gain much experience needed to have a successful and happy life outside your family.