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 He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.
The Christmas season is a time to reflect and act upon the blessings and opportunities we have because of the birth, life, Atonement, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As our Heavenly Father “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16), we express our love toward one another and toward God and his precious Son by giving of ourselves.
So what are you willing to give to those around you. the Lord, and Jesus Christ?
A hand to those in need?
A hand to further the work of the Lord?
A voice to tell those that matter most you love them?
A voice to pray to him who loves you most?
When we take the time to center the Savior in our lives we start to develop his attributes. We start to become more like our Big Brother.
Even though Christmas has past, we should always be looking for opportunities to serve and love the Lord. This should be our biggest priority in the New Year.
I testify that as we start to reach out to those in need around us, we can experience happiness and joy. Even a fullness of joy. That only comes when we serve and love.
A Talk from the April 2013 General Conference. It is filled with much advice on the prospect of marriage. Watch and learn.
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What do the General Authorities have to say about dating?
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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.
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.