This past week, our class studied the first paragraph of The Family: A Proclamation to the World". There is a lot of great info in that one little paragraph and as I mentioned earlier, I was struggling to know exactly what the Lord needed me to share with the dozens of people who read my blog. (A quick shout out to my family and close friends who have stuck with me and my ramblings this far. Thank you so much for your support!)
Before I continue, allow me to share the first paragraph with you...
WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
Again, so many wonderful truths contained in that paragraph, but the one that I would like to focus on today is learned in the very last two words...
We are His children, created in His image, and He loves us.
And because we are His children, He has blessed us with prophets, apostles, and most importantly, a Savior. All whom have taught us and continue to teach us the things that we need to do in order to live with God again.
"Because our Father loves his children, he will not leave us to guess about what matters most in this life concerning where our attention could bring happiness or our indifference bring sadness...We can expect that God won't just tell us a few interesting things about the family; he will tell us what a family ought to be and why."
I Am a Child of God
And now a challenge for you...
*If you have not asked God if you are truly His child, DO IT. What are you waiting for?
This is, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World"
From President Henry B. Eyring...
"Since the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith until September 23, 1995, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a proclamation only four times. It has been more than fifteen years since the last one, which described the progress the Church had made in 150 years of its history. Thus you can imagine the importance our Heavenly Father places upon the subject of this most recent proclamation." (given in a BYU address, November 5, 1995)
As many of you know, I have spent the last 8 months taking college classes through the Pathway program (now called Pathway Worldwide). I have taken the opportunity to share some of the things that I have learned on this blog. I did that because I felt inspired to do so.
This semester, I am taking a Religion class entitled "The Eternal Family." Once again, I feel inspired to share with you some of the things that I am learning and it has created a knot in my stomach the size of Texas.
It's easy for me to talk about Christ.
He is my Savior and Redeemer. Through His atonement, I have the opportunity to repent, feel peace, and do things that are really hard. Through several sacred experiences, I have learned for myself that He lives, that He loves me, and that following and sharing His gospel is what I need to do with my life.
In talking about Christ and His everlasting gospel, I have failed to really talk about the central part of that gospel--families. I may have mentioned some things in passing and I know that I have talked about how families can be together forever, but I have failed to really talk about the true and eternal nature of a family.
"Anti-Christ is anti family. Any doctrine or principle our youth hear from the world that is anti family is also anti-Christ. It's that clear. They need to know that if it's anti family, it's anti-Christ..."
When I read this quote, I realized that I cannot profess to love and teach of Christ without professing and teaching the nature of eternal families as well. They are inseparable doctrines.
The knot in my stomach...
The knot in my stomach tells me that I need to share what I am learning this semester.
The knot in my stomach tells me that there will be people who may not agree with the things I write and will use their God-given right of free agency and speech to let me know they don't agree with what I have written.
The knot in my stomach tells me that I need to use my God-given right of free agency and speech to stand up for what I know to be truth.
Most importantly, the knot in my stomach is the same feeling I get when I feel the need to share my testimony of something and I have learned it is not wise to ignore that feeling. I always regret it when I do.
Jumping in with both feet...
And so, in the words of the great prophet, Nephi, "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save He shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." (1 Nephi 3:7)
The Lord will prepare a way for me to do this. He will help me write in a manner that (hopefully) will not cause people to choose to take offense, but rather, to study out what they read in their own minds and hearts and take their thoughts to God to find out for themselves if what they have read is true.
Stay tuned...and let the good times roll.
About the song:
I was curious about what year this song came out and while I was searching for the answer, I stumbled upon an article on LDSLiving.com. Jackpot. It had the information I was looking for and so much more. The article is entitled "100 Greatest LDS Songs of All Time". I loved what I learned about this song and I cannot wait to look through the rest of the article to learn more about some of my other favorite songs.
What a fantastic story. Man, as if this song wasn't already one of my all time favorites, learning the history
of it just solidified that forever.
The Holy Ghost is real, my friends! He testifies of truth--of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Our Savior lives!
He loves us so much and He truly cares about us.
We have a Heavenly Father who also loves us and cares about the little details of our lives.
Like Brother Goodrich, we can each have the opportunity to be instruments in our Savior's hands
to bring joy and love into the lives of others.
But we have to be paying attention to the Conductor, our Savior,
in order to be the instrument He needs us to be.
I Heard Him Come- written by Jeff Goodrich, performed by Afterglow
I heard Him come.
Oh, my soul
You are not alone.
One more day,
He will make a way.
I began the search for a song for this post with a little bit different prayer. In my prayer, my only request was that I would be able to find a song for "the one."
*That one person who is struggling today.
*That one person who feels like there are no more forward steps to take.
*That one person who is feeling sorrow to the very core of his or her soul.
*The one who feels utterly and completely alone.
This song is for you. Along with a great big bear hug from me and the reminder that
YOU ARE NEVER ALONE. EVER.
Oh, My Soul- Casting Crowns
"You will one day stand aside and look at your difficult times, and you will
I really intended on documenting my school journey more frequently but then homework and life happened and...ya. What you end up with is an end of semester post. :)
I did it! I made it through 2 semesters of college. College, people! Isn't that exciting? And not only did I make it through 2 semesters, but this last semester included a math class. M-A-T-H!!! I finished a math class with an A. :) :) :)
At the beginning of this semester, I was so nervous to take a math class. I have never really liked math, and I was not sure if my brain could handle math. There were a lot of prayers said...A LOT.
And, those prayers worked! Each week as we were faced with new math concepts, I felt myself learning much faster than I thought I ever could.
Heavenly Father hears AND answers prayers. True story.
If I could write 1,000 blog posts, I still would never be able to fully express how much I have learned from my Religion class this semester. Each week, as I allowed the Spirit to teach me, I felt my testimony of the Savior strengthen and grow.
My friends, my simple testimony is this...
Jesus Christ LIVES.
He lives and He loves each of us. I plead with you, if you have not taken the time to study the life of Christ in the Bible, and read another testament of Him in the Book of Mormon, then please, please do it. Not for me or for anyone else but yourself. It is so important that you have a personal relationship with our Savior and Redeemer.
It is only through Him that you will be able to receive the grace that you need to live with God someday.
And so another semester has ended. I have one more semester through the Pathway program and then I will jump into college with both feet, and every other part of me. I cannot wait...
I am loving my second chance at life.
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