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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The Doctrine of Jesus Christ

The Doctrine of Jesus Christ

“For behold, this is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” – Moses 1:39

God’s whole purpose and work, his glory, is to bring to pass our lives forever, and our happiness forever. All that he as made, does, and will do, is for this purpose. I love to look at the stars when i think of this, to think, that all those little specks of glorious light are for me and you.

Now because God loves us so much, he has given us quite a lot for us to by happy and achieve eternal life. For one, he created us the earth for us to inhabit, and has given us our bodies for us to experience the world we live in. He has also given us our families.

He has also given us a plan. Central to this plan is his son Jesus Christ.

This plan is called the Doctrine or Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is very simple, and only has 5 main steps to follow.

1. Faith

2. Repentance

3. Baptism

4. Receiving the Holy Ghost

5. Enduring to the End

– Return to your Father –

Lets break these down over the next few days.

First off Faith.

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Eyes to see

Eyes to see

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.

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Making good Timber

Making the most of yourself

Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

– Douglas Malloch, “Good Timber,” in Sterling W. Sill, Making the Most of Yourself (1971), 23.

Are the trials we face curses that God has places to hedge up our way? Or are they gifts, given to us so that we can strengthen our minds and our hearts to endure and learn?

Many have said the perspective is everything. The way you look at things determine their outcome. But the afflictions we face cannot just be looked at and ignored. They come flying at us, and we must cope and adapt to continue on.

But how? How do we understand each stressful bubble that comes into our lives?

Why not ask someone that understands absolutely everything and knows it all?

That principle is called Prayer.

Prayer – communication with your heavenly father.

It is not complicated, and is not hard. We can pray at any time, and in any place. Just talk to your father who is listening.

As your relationship is strengthened, and you realize who you are (A son or daughter of your Heavenly Father), you will begin to understand that !everything! you face in your life is for your benefit and your experience. It is so that when the time comes far from now and you are to return to your father, you will be so much stronger then when you left.

So learn now that the challenges are supposed to make you stronger. So rely on your father, and let them improve you.

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Daily Bread

Daily Bread

An important lesson is to be learned from the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. The Lord fed them with manna each and every day. He did this so that they would remember him, and realize their dependence on them. As we take the sacrament each week, we remember the Savior and his sacrifice for us. And as we pray each day, we plead with the Lord for help, strength, and understanding. If the Lord really wanted to, He could bless us all at once and we would never have to ask for anything again. But he doesn’t so that we will remember him.

The Strength you are given each day is to be used for good, to be used to serve and love. And as we go good things with our time and strength, we are changed to become more like Jesus Christ. But this change is not an instant one. And we rarely see the changes happen. But when we look back and see the difference on then to now. We will be surprised to see the growth that we have made.

Let us use our time wisely, and constantly rely on the Lord for our strength and assistance.

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