19 April 2014

The True Meaning Of Easter

This past week I have been studying the life of The Savior, particularly His atonement and resurrection. There are moments I really can't handle the immense gratitude I feel for Him. I want so desperately to be more for my Savior, to do more for my Savior, and to be better for my Savior. I want to make Him proud. I want to stand in His presence again one day fully confident in my works conducted here on earth. I want Him to be pleased with my efforts, and I want Him to be pleased with the intents of my heart. I want to kneel at His feet and bury my head in my hands. I can't imagine mustering up the words to express to Him exactly what I feel for Him. The tears I shed during that reunion will be infinitely more than all of the tears I have shed in mortality. My heart can't handle the thought.

I love my Savior and my Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I am forever indebted to Him for His unfailing mercy and love He extends me. He is my very Best Friend. He is my absolute everything. He is my Hope and He is the Light in my life. He is my Strength, and He is my Courage and He is my reason for pressing forward, for moving on, for fighting the fight. For Him I will endure well, and I will endure forever. For Him I will give my all in this life, because there is absolutely nowhere I will settle staying if it is not with Him...

I can't wait until that day.

In the meantime I will honor Him... I will cherish Him and I will love Him. I will honor and respect His gospel and I will share it with everyone, everywhere. I will constantly renew my covenants with Him, and I will extend everyone in my life love and forgiveness, and to the best of my ability, emulate His light.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that with all of my heart. I know that my Savior did what no one else could. Because of Jesus Christ death has no sting, hell has lost its power, and the grave has no victory. He has overcome death, He has overcome all, and somehow, miraculously, in His wonder and perfection, He considers me His friend.

I know that my Redeemer lives.

Because of my Him my heart is full...
and oh how I love Him.

16 April 2014


14 April 2014

The Savior Wants To Forgive - Mormon Channel

There are days I really can't come to grips with the unconditional, pure love our Heavenly Father and His Son have for us. I am so beyond grateful for the knowledge that I have been blessed with, I am so beyond grateful for this gospel, and I am so beyond grateful for the love we are constantly, always and forever, so freely given.

11 April 2014

Men are... that they might have joy. -2nd Nephi 2:25

There are moments in life happiness simply seems out of reach. There are times happiness seems much too foreign... far too unfamiliar. There have been days I simply haven't been able to remember what being happy feels like.

As of late, I have experienced days where sadness feels equally unfamiliar. Happiness has felt like home, it has felt comfortable, it has felt right. There is peace, and there is steadiness... there is hope. 

We have all heard that happiness is in the journey, not in the destination... and how true I have found that to be. Circumstances in life will continually change, and with those changes in life come changes with feelings, and emotions. Things happen in life that may alter our perspectives for a time, but then in moments of clarity we can see things for what they are. 

"...Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” -President Gordon B. Hinckley

I, for one, feel unbelievably grateful for the ride that The Lord has given me. There have been a lot of detours along the way. There has been a lot of traffic... a lot of construction. But in all sincerity, looking back, I can say my destination has been equally as beautiful as my journey. There have been beautiful landscapes along the way. Some of the scenery has been breathtaking, some has been ugly, but then there are moments like today. Today I look back at this road I have taken, and as I type, I type with tears of gratitude and love.

I love my Father in heaven, and I love His Son, my Redeemer. I am forever grateful to Them for the plan They have prepared for me. The road They have paved for me thus-far has been rocky, and often times uncomfortable. I have gotten carsick, many times, along the way. But those moments have led me to the most heart-stirring, awe-inspiring vistas of my life. What God has prepared for me is beautiful. My past, my present, and my future. It is perfectly designed for me. And as I look back I can hardly breathe.

It is all so perfect.

So absolutely perfect.

05 April 2014

Saturday Afternoon Session LDS General Conference Quotes April 2014

Saturday Morning Session LDS General Conference Quotes April 2014

If any of you are followers of my instagram account, you know how much I love quotes, particularly church quotes, and you have seen my attempt at trying to make pretty pictures out of them :) I will be posting some pictures that I have created for each session. I hope you enjoy!

01 April 2014

God would not have made marriage such a sacred and vital institution if He did not intend it to work.

This blog has paved an incredible path for me to meet some wonderful people and create some very meaningful friendships. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities that have come from me deciding to share my story. In the process of writing this blog and meeting people, I have talked to and met hundreds of people who have gone through divorce; in fact, I get emails daily, from people who are experiencing it. There is nothing more humbling than knowing because of what I went through, I can be of some assistance to these people in some small way. I promised the Lord that I would use this trial that I was given to help others - in whatever capacity I can. You would think my heart might hurt a little less with each email I get - each divorce I hear about. The truth is, it doesn't get any easier. My heart still breaks every time... and the love I have for these people grieving increases - every, single, day.

If there is one message I want to convey to others who read this blog it is this: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Your Father in heaven loves you more than you will ever know. You have a Savior and Redeemer who gave His life for you. Whatever the struggle, whatever the heartache, whatever the disappointment, you will be okay.

Society needs to stop going into marriage thinking it's about us and our happiness - because it's not. Divorce - in most cases - is a total and complete cop-out. Divorce - in most cases - is not justified. Marriage is going to be one of the hardest things you ever get yourself into, but deal with it. Think of your other half - your better half. Love them and cherish them and respect them and honor them. Be patient with them, and for heavens sakes stop quitting the second things don't go your way. Stop thinking "your next marriage" will be easier, and "your next spouse" won't have as many problems. They won't always be the same problems, but trust me, they will have problems, and they will be just as real.

Think back to the day you promised forever, and think of why you promised forever. Mean it, and mean it again, every day. Re-commit to that decision every day. Twice a day if you have to. Seven times a day if you have to. "While there is any prospect of life, we seek healing again, and again... The same should be true of our marriages, and if we seek Him, the Lord will help us, and heal us. A marriage, eternal in duration - and Godlike in quality - does not contemplate divorce." -Elder Oaks

The fundamental foundation of this gospel is faith. We have faith that there are better things ahead. We have faith that God in fact, is there, and tomorrow will be brighter. We have faith in the fact that we are loved, and that we can be forgiven. Having faith in your spouse and in your marriage should be no different. I promise you, God would not have made marriage such a sacred institution if He did not intend it to work. Remember that marriage, and eternal companionship is a vital part of His perfect plan, and when things get hard - don't think that divorce papers will be the answer to your problems. From someone who was served them, let me tell you: they won't. The best things in this life take a lot of hard work, and God would not have marriage be any other way. Regardless of how lightly people treat it, marriage is still sacred, and it still means something. It should still be held in the highest esteem. As Elder F. Burton Howard states so eloquently: "If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by." 

It is my prayer that our marriages be far from ordinary, 
and remain eternal in duration.