29 March 2013

Happy Easter!

In two days we commemorate the greatest victory of all time. In two days we reminisce on the victory over death. In two days we celebrate Easter. In two days we celebrate the Saviors Ressurection.

After our Savior died on that cross in Golgotha, His body was placed into a tomb, where it remained separated from His spirit for three days; and on that third day, the Lord came forth out of the sepulcher, and was physically reunited with His spirit once again.

I have spoken quite a bit about the Atonement here on this little blog, but I'll say it again; how profoundly grateful I am for the Atonement the Lord our Savior performed. He did what no other could do. Perfect and pure He hung on a cross between two criminals. In Mark chapter fifteen it says those two criminals taunted The One and Only Perfect Being saying, "He saved others; himself he cannot save." What those guilty men didn't know - but now most certainly do - was that He could have saved Himself but refused because He wanted each of us to be blessed with eternal life; including the two thieves on each side of Him. 

Technically this Sunday we celebrate the Saviors Ressurection. For myself it is certainly a celebration of that, but it also celebrates Christs life, His example, His ministry, and His Atonement. Easter celebrates Christ in all forms, and absolutely nothing is more worthy of celebration.

Happy, Happy Easter!!!

16 March 2013

Trust Your Struggle

The other night when I was talking with my Dad, I threw my hands up in the air and told him I was giving up. I told him that the people who always say 'count your blessings' and 'life is beautiful' are just crazy people who have never left their bedroom and allowed mortality to rip them apart. Faith precedes the miracle. The sunshine comes after the rain. The good comes after the bad... whatever.

I told my Dad that I had no idea what I was doing wrong. I told him that I have been better than I ever have been. I told him that my testimony has grown into the biggest most beautiful part of my life. I told him I have dealt with particular situations as immaculately as one possibly can - and I don't say that out of arrogance or pride - I say that because it's true. I asked him why my life wasn't falling into place perfectly and I asked him why every area of my life hasn't been blessed tremendously because of my faith and diligence. 

And once those words came out of my mouth -
I realized I was the crazy person.

"Expecting a trouble-free life because you are a good person is like expecting the bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian." -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"May we be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we shall always be spared all the disappointments and difficulties of life." -Elder Heber J. Grant

The point of this story is, blessings come in all shapes and sizes. 

"Sometimes when things go wrong, it's because they would have turned out worse if they had gone right." -Mark Amend

The Lord knows us better than we could possibly know ourselves. His timing is perfect. His blessings are everywhere; it is us who fail to see them. The Lord knows what will happen to us tomorrow, and next week, and twenty years from now. He knows our plans. He is our plan. 

'Count your blessings.' 'Life is beautiful.' 'The sunshine comes after the rain.' Those words are not said by crazy people. They are truly said by the smartest and most faithful of all. 

13 March 2013

"How far is heaven? It is not very far: in the temples of God, it is right where you are." -President Thomas S. Monson

The temple is always perfect
 - it truly is - 
although there are those times 
when it kind of sweeps you 
off your feet. 
The peace, the comfort, 
the happiness, the love. 
Tonight I walked into the temple doors 
with the weight of the world 
on my shoulders, 
and I walked out feeling 
as light as a feather. 

God is good.
Life is beautiful.
The gospel is true.
We are in the constant care 
of our Heavenly Father and Savior. 
We are looked out for.
We are loved.
We have unbelievable things in store.

"A temple is a place where... 
the infinite in man, 
can seek the infinite in God." 
-Franklin D. Richards

11 March 2013

D&C 64:10

"How difficult it is for any of us to forgive those who have injured us. We are all prone to brood on the evil done us. That brooding becomes as a gnawing and destructive canker. Is there a virtue more in need of application in our time than the virtue of forgiving and forgetting? There are those who would look upon this as a sign of weakness. Is it? I submit that it takes neither strength nor intelligence to brood in anger over wrongs suffered, to go through life with a spirit of vindictiveness, to dissipate one’s abilities in planning retribution. There is no peace in the nursing of a grudge. There is no happiness in living for the day when you can “get even.”" 
-President Hinckley