Monday, December 6, 2010

Let us Choose Faith.

Faith----The Choice is Yours.
Quoted from Richard C. Edgley

Yes, faith is a choice, and it must be sought after and developed. Thus, we are responsible for our own faith. We are also responsible for our lack of faith. The choice is yours.

There is much that I do not know. I do not know the details of the organization of matter into the beautiful world we live in. I do not understand the intricacies of the Atonement, how the Savior’s sacrifice can cleanse all repentant people, or how the Savior could suffer “the pain of all men” (D&C 18:11). I do not know where the city of Zarahemla was, as referred to in the Book of Mormon. I do not know why my beliefs sometimes conflict with assumed scientific or secular knowledge. Perhaps these are matters our Father in Heaven described as the “mysteries … of heaven” (D&C 107:19) that will be revealed at a later date.

But while I don’t know everything, I know the important. I know the plain and simple gospel truths that lead to salvation and exaltation. I know that the Savior did suffer the pain of all men and that all repentant people can be cleansed from sin. And what I don’t know or don’t completely understand, with the powerful aid of my faith, I bridge the gap and move on, partaking of the promises and blessings of the gospel. And then, as Alma teaches, our faith brings us to a perfect knowledge (see Alma 32:34). By moving forward into the unknown, armed only with hope and desire, we show evidence of our faith and our devotion to the Lord.

And so, following Alma’s formula, let us choose. Let us choose faith.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Faith in the Savior's Atonement and Heavenly Father's Plan

This Video warms my heart in soooo many ways and reminds me of that what is deeply rooted inside of me. For me, it really puts into perspective the importance of religion and faith and how they can help move us forward, while having those that we have lost, still close to our hearts. I know that the assurance and hope that I will one day be with Stephen again... as well as the rest of my family... comes directly from that of my Faith. Through knowledge of the Savior's atonement and Heavenly Father's plan, we gain a richer perspective about life and death.

After watching this video, I can even say that, I too... am "grateful that God allows tragedies and trials to occur in our lives--- not because they're easy or because they're desired, but because they help us to LOVE."

I miss our baby Stephen and every detail of the 44 days that he spent with our family.

Please, take a few minutes to watch this video. You will most certainly be glad that you did.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Trusting Him and Humbling Ourselves.

Are you often discouraged that your prayers haven't been answered immediately or in the manner in which you hoped for?

Do we expect God to be our servant, instead of humbling ourselves and asking Him how we can be His?

This is a question that can help us to become humble and get lost in His work and worry less about what we want for ourselves and trust what He is doing with our lives.

"Coming to trust him, his purposes and what he is doing with our lives fulfils a yearning that nothing else on this earth can satisfy."

"Sometimes our promised blessings are deferred, held for their proper time as the Lord knows it in his omniscience. When we have tasted of His Spirit and have felt His touch, this we can survive with grace and patience."

"Whether he takes my current burdens or not, whether he waits to ease them, I love him. All of the yearnings of my soul are drawn out to him. I adore what he is, not just what he does for me in my pleadings [or prayers]."

From "When Yesterday's Burden Isn't Lighter Today" {Meridian Magazine} By Maurine Proctor

Monday, April 5, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

His Loving Redemptiveness.

Even as our resolve to follow God increases, we will continue to fall short. But rather than see occasions of repentance as humiliating admissions of remarkable stupidity that threaten His ability to continue loving us, we should view them as regular reminders of our dependence on Him.

"Our continual need to humble ourselves and repent of failings does not separate us from His love. Rather it is an opportunity to celebrate that His loving redemptiveness is larger than our weakness. Indeed, nothing can “separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39)."

God has an "unquenchable desire to help us heal our wounds, individually and collectively. . . . God is not dead, and he is not an absentee landlord. God is not uncaring, or capricious, or cantankerous. Above all, he is not some sort of divine referee trying to tag us off third base. The first and great commandment on earth is for us to love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength because surely the first and great promise in heaven is that he will always love us that way.” (Jeffrey R. Holland, “‘Look to God and Live’,” Ensign, Nov 1993, 13)

"Regardless of our earth histories, we all have someone who is crazy about us. Each one of us has Someone—a Father in Heaven—who loves us with His whole heart, might, mind and strength."

Source= The First and Great Promise- By H. Wallace Goddard & Barbara Keil

When awful things happen, even to good people, there seems built into us a desire to put blame on someone... whether we are strong in our faith or NOT. It seems that we often tend to lean towards blaming the one who knows everything, has all power, and loves perfectly----- GOD.

It is imperative that we try to remind ourselves of these things, especially when we feel W.E.A.K. or feel like a failure.

He is always rooting for YOU. God has an "unquenchable desire to help [you] heal [your] wounds..." and most importantly ---his "loving redemptiveness is LARGER than [your] WEAKNESS."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Trusting our Perfect God.

"Whether we are fourteen or ninety four, there is room to grow closer to our Father in Heaven, through his perfect Son. We can trust Him!"

THIS article really touched my heart today.