So yesterday I saw the ocean for the first time…
That is a lot of water.
It was awesome to take pictures and this is one of them. It was a cloudy-ish day but that didn’t stop me from admiring the great and wondrous, endless sea of salt water. I can cross that off my bucket list. See the ocean, check.
Anyways, as I was pondering over this I was reminded of the trials of life. The seas that constantly beat upon us. The constant flow of tides that give us rest but the looming impending high tide and deep waters.
Life is full of challenges. Always has been, always will be. It is in how we approach it and accept it that truly matters.
I take great comfort in knowing that when I endure, if I endure it well, that I will be plucked out of my adversity and my afflictions and be received by my Father in Heaven with my loved ones for time and all eternity. These things I know and leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.” (Doctrine and Covenants 121:7&8)
I am so blessed to be serving a mission in probably the most beautiful areas of the world. There is everything here! I love to be around nature and feel small. It is good to feel small sometimes. Keep in mind that feeling small and feeling loved are not mutually exclusive. I know that I am loved and know that I am small. Those feelings live together in harmony actually.
From the scriptures we know that we are small. Moses taught us this when he said, “And it came to pass that it was for the space of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength like unto man; and he said unto himself: Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed.”
In the scriptures we also know that we are loved by God. Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet taught us this. “And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.”
As we go about our day-to-day lives I would invite you to remember to be humble and “small” in the eyes of eternity but never forget that you are loved. Our Heavenly Father is anxious and waiting to be apart of your life. Fostering a relationship with the Supreme Being of the Universe takes work but when trust is built, blessings will flow from Him who guides and directs all of his creations.
I know these things are true and invite you to learn more. I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Elder Kent F. Richards was here in Arcata on assignment to reorganize the Eureka Stake Presidency this past weekend. I got to meet him and speak in three different occasions. One of which was a special meeting for those who were new to the LDS church and those who were investigating it. It was a wonderful meeting which centered around 2 Nephi 31 and the doctrine of Christ. Which is made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
I remember this talk given at April 2011 General Conference and I really liked it. I hope you can feel the Spirit of the Lord as he speaks and testifies of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and its unmatched ability to heal bumps, bruises, scratches and scars both seen and unseen. I know that it is because of the Atonement I can have a happy life, a purposeful life, and a hopeful life with an eternal family. I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
“When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that ´a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.´ So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one.”
Lately I have given lots of thought about Christlike Leadership. I am a district leader and I have responsibility to be the go to guy for any problems or questions for six other missionaries. It has been a great opportunity to learn about what makes a good leader. This quote I read a long time ago and it is true today as it was when President Lincoln said it. I look forward to studying more the life and leadership of Jesus Christ and learn how I can be a better missionary now and a better husband and father in the future.
It would be well if we all tried to be better friends. When we are better friends, we are better people. These things I am grateful for in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.