God’s plan for you is beautiful and simple. He wants you to have joy and to become more like Him. That doesn’t mean He expects you to be perfect. He knows you won’t be. But He does expect that while you’re here on earth you try to the best of your ability to be more like Him and that you learn and grow from your mistakes. Each time you make a poor choice with painful consequences, that decision leads to unhappiness—sometimes immediately, sometimes much later. Likewise, choosing good eventually leads to happiness and helps you become more like Heavenly Father.
“Real hope is much more than wishful musing. It stiffens, not slackens, the spiritual spine.”- Elder Neal A. Maxwell
I think that hope is a very rare commodity these days. What do you think?
I get bogged down with life sometimes. There are so many unhappy people and unhappy circumstances and it bounces off and gets on everything. The best thing that I know how to keep those negative vibes away is to continue to strengthen my spirituality and my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
It truly helps me to know that God loves me and that he is someone who can help me overcome whatever I am going through. To know that the Savior has felt the same that I have felt is very comforting.
Take a chance, make a change. Look deep and find something that brings you peace not just for the hour, for the night, for the day, for the week, for the month, but for eternity.
I can testify that the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is a marvelous gift God wants all of His children to have and is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The evidence and power of God’s love is found in its fullness there.
Learn more and find real hope. These things I say in Jesus Christs name, amen.
“Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish.” -Barbara Smith
Trust is such a big part of life.
Think of the people you trust in your own life. What would you do without them? I am grateful for all my friends and family who I can trust and count on for helping me through life. I am grateful for a wonderful companion, Elder Hubbard, to serve with side by side. But most importantly I am thankful for Jesus Christ. I can trust in His strength for everything.
My world could be taken away but my faith and trust in him would sustain me through. When a person learns to trust Christ, the perfect love of Christ can flourish in your life. Trust in him, trust in his promises, and keep his commandments. I know you can find security and love through our Lord and Savior, 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.
By Will Allen Dromgoole
An old man, going a lone highway,Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide—
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head:“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim.
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”
Jesus Christ has built the bridge that leads back to our Heavenly Father with His atoning blood, sweat, and tears. I know that it was a labor of complete love and we need only to learn and love him as He has loved us. As we travel forward on the bridge of His boundless love, we will feel the love of the Savior with every footstep. I would invite you with all energy of my heart to read from the sacred words of the prophets in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible. You will find truth. You will find peace. You will find happiness. These things I leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
“Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character and man is their maker and master.” -James Allen
Through the power of the Atonement of Christ, we can become cleansed from sin and be lifted up above the crude unrefined state of the ordinary and become extraordinary. We have the power to change our ways, to start a new page, to turn around a corner with His help. He is our Master Teacher in teaching us how to forge ourselves in His perfect image. These things I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” -James Allen
I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ want us to be happy. They wish to see us accomplish our goals and our dreams. We need not fear in asking for divine help when we have a sincere desire and are willing to exercise our faith and put in the effort to make it possible. These things I know and leave with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.