I took this photo while I was on exchanges in Dixon a couple months ago. It was a wonderful view of the sun just bursting up over the mountains bright beaming colors of yellow and orange. I was lucky enough to get a beautiful photo to remind me of the wonderful small town feel of Dixon and it’s beautiful country lifestyle. I love sunsets and sunrises. They are special to me for many reasons. Some more sentimental than others but they are all near and dear to me.
I am always reminded of how beautiful this world is and how it is all set up in the cosmos. To create a planet with an atmosphere that can radiate so many colors every day is truly wonderful. Too many things are set into motion, so preciously placed to be by chance. There is a Divine Creator and He happens to be our Eternal Father. He knows and loves us by name and created the cosmos for us to marvel and always remember Him by. Let us look towards the beauty of the earth and truly see how we can see our Heavenly Fathers love.
I know he is there. He loves me. He loves you and will always love you. These things I leave with you in the name our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.
I hope you enjoy this short video. I know that the events described truly did take place. Joseph Smith restored the gospel of Jesus Christ back in its original form in these latter days. I know he was called of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ is His true church. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I took this photo on the way to the Oakland Temple. I had never seen such big interstate intersections before and I wanted to take a picture of it…
All the overpasses and underpasses and rail lines. It could no way be accomplished without lots of careful planning and considerations. I pondered about complex systems and was reminded of my Heavenly Father.
Now I haven’t always had the strongest faith in knowing that my Heavenly Father exists or even knows and loves me individually. But I know now how wrong I was. He is real. He loves me and loves each and every one of His children.
During the times in my life when I felt as though God wasn’t real or he didn’t care, looking back those were the times where I distanced myself the most. That’s when I didn’t pray. That’s when I didn’t bother reading my scriptures on my own. That’s when I went to church out of habit and not out of love for my Heavenly Father and Savior.
As I have made those things apart of my life as a missionary I see His hand in so much of my life. I see Him watching over me, leading and guiding me to where He would have me be. And when I think back on the times I thought he wasn’t and I see now that he was. Ever so much.
Just as an architect knows every nook and cranny of a building. Our Heavenly Father is mindful and aware of each one of His children.
I hope that as we go through this life that we can see God’s hand in everything, including interstates. These things I leave with you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.
I know that this man Elder David A. Bednar is an Apostle of the Lord. He is called to teach and to testify of Jesus Christ. He is a special witness and knows that He lives. The Lord provides for us a way in which we can know what he wants and expects from us through personal revelation and through prophets and apostles like Elder Bednar.
I am grateful for the Restoration of the Gospel and the authority of the Priesthood. Prophets and Apostles are again on the earth. The guidance they give is incomparable. I know that they are called and led by the Lord. These things I leave in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Long I Sought Thee
by James Allen
“Long I sought thee, Spirit holy,
Master Spirit, meek and lowly;
Sought thee with a silent sorrow, brooding o’er the woes of men;
Vainly sought thy yoke of meekness
’Neath the weight of woe and weakness;
Finding not, yet in my failing, seeking o’er and o’er again.
In unrest and doubt and sadness
Dwelt I, yet I knew thy Gladness
Waited somewhere; somewhere greeted torn and sorrowing hearts like mine;
Knew that somehow I should find thee,
Leaving sin and woe behind me,
And at last thy Love would bid me enter into Rest divine.
Hatred, mockery, and reviling
Scorched my seeking soul, defiling
That which should have been thy Temple, wherein thou should’st move and dwell;
Praying, striving, hoping, calling;
Suffering, sorrowing in my falling,
Still I sought thee, groping blindly in the gloomy depths of hell.
And I sought thee till I found thee;
And the dark Powers all around me
Fled and left me silent, peaceful, brooding o’er thy holy themes;
From within me and without me
Fled they when I ceased to doubt thee;
And I found thee in thy Glory, mighty Master of my dreams!
Yea, I found thee, Spirit holy,
Beautiful and pure and lowly;
Found thy Joy and Peace and Gladness; found thee in thy House of Rest;
Found thy strength in Love and Meekness,
And my pain and woe and weakness
Left me, and I walked the Pathway trodden only by the blest.”
I know that the Spirit is real. It brings us peace. One of the greatest blessings of our Church is when a person is baptized they qualify for the gift of the Holy Ghost. That gift is given by the laying on of hands by those holding the priesthood of God. It is a gift for us to feel peace and joy in this life and lead us back home to our Father in Heaven in the next life.
I am so grateful to have the gift of the Holy Ghost and him as my constant companion as long as I want him around me. I know that everyone can feel the love our Father has through the feelings from the Holy Ghost. He will always lead us to truth and what God wants us to know and experience. All we have to do is have enough faith to experiment in finding it. Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.