It will be okay though. I can do hard things like taking a math class. All will be well and I am actually seeing that my brain is not as rusty as I thought it would be.
And of course, I am absolutely LOVING my religion class. (What?!? Des loves her religion class and is going to tell us about what she is learning in it? That's not like her.) I know, I know. I'm like a broken record with all of this spiritual stuff, but guys! Christ is awesome! I can't help myself!
There is really only one thing that I want to share for this post. I am only choosing to share one thing for a couple of reasons.
1. It is by far, the thing that has touched me the most, spiritually, in this class.
2. It would take me WAY too long to write a post about everything that I have learned so I am only choosing the thing that made my heart sing the most.
I realized something and it's HUGE, my friends. HUGE!
Last week we talked about The Creation, The Fall, and The Atonement. I was the lead student and at the beginning of the week I thought, "This will be a pretty simple lesson because I feel like I know about the Creation and we have talked a lot about the Fall and the Atonement lately." Well, as usual, God said, "You basically know nothing so if you will allow yourself to be humble and let me teach you, that would be great." (Okay, so He didn't say it that way, but you get the picture.)
As I began to study the lesson I realized how much about the Creation of the world and everything in it that I just had not picked up on before. Sure, we know the basics, right? Christ created the world under the direction of the Father and He did it in six days with a day for rest on the seventh day. But it was so much more than that. It was organized and planned carefully. Each thing was created in the order that it needed to be created with everything existing spiritually before it was created temporally. The earth was created specifically for us so that we could be organized in families.
But, I digress. Here is the mind-opening, wonderful, beautiful thing that I realized. It comes from a talk by President Russell M. Nelson entitled "The Creation."
While visiting the British Museum in London one day, I read a most unusual book. It is not scripture. It is an English
Isn't that one of the most beautiful things you have ever read? My new favorite word to describe Christ is "ADVOCATE." He is our advocate with the Father. He stands by our side. He helps us fight our battles. He encourages us and loves us. Yes. Advocate is the perfect description.
But here is the thing that touched my heart the most.
"And He heaved sighs over him daily, saying, 'If I put breath into this [man], he must suffer many pains."
Our loving and caring Father in Heaven loves us so much. I have not ever thought of how hard it must have been for Him to know that we would have to experience sorrow and pain in order to make it back to Him. I know how I feel when I think of my kids getting hurt and it pretty much rips my heart right out of my chest. The way that our Heavenly Father feels about each of His children is 100 billion times deeper than that!
This is what touched my heart. This is what exploded in my brain saying, "Yes. Yes, I do love you that much. Yes, I hate to see you suffer, but I have given you my only Begotten Son to help you during those times. I have provided a way for you to return."
Our Father in Heaven is glorious and I love Him so much.
My Redeemer Lives.
Of this there is absolutely NO doubt in my mind.
I know that we lived with Him in the premortal realm. I know that He was born to save us and He did that of His own free will and choice because He LOVES us. I know that He continues to live today as the resurrected Lord and that by following Him and trusting in Him, we will be able to conquer all of our doubts and fears.
My Redeemer Lives- Paul Cardall
It's a new year and time to gather some more stories for my "You Can Do Hard Things" series. I need your story! Won't you share it with me, please? :)
If you are not comfortable writing, I am up for phone/FaceTime interviews as well.
If you are not at the point in your life where you are ready to share the hard thing that you have done, but know of someone who may be ready, please share this post with them!
Each Life That Touches Ours For Good- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
My friends, we are our Savior's hands here on earth.
We are the instruments in His great symphony of life.
We can lift, touch, strengthen, comfort, assist, and love our brothers and sisters around us.
It is through our deeds that the Lord often sends down blessings to those
who have been pleading for help.
May we remember that we are that great gift and goodness through which our friends and family members can strengthen their faith and enrich their days.
Happy New Year my friends!
When I jumped on YouTube to find a video of the song, I came across this AMAZING cover of it. It is so fun to listen to and I am definitely going to check out more of Stephanie Boyd's songs.
Scatter Sunshine- Stephanie Boyd
1. In a world where sorrow
I am loving my second chance at life.
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