There is always prayer.
Of course, we can always pray. No matter where we are, we can pray and God will hear our prayers. Prayer works. It can bring comfort in times of anxiety and grief. It is true that prayer cannot take all of the problems away, but prayer can help strengthen people to do the hard things that are in front of them. Yes, there is always prayer and anyone can pray.
Everywhere I turn I am hearing of another organization that is collecting donations to help our fellow Americans, and this is awesome. This is what America is about--helping and loving each other through the hard times. There are many organizations that are doing incredible things to help people in need, which brings me back to my original purpose of this post...
Why the Church?
In the October 2015 General Conference, an apostle of Jesus Christ, Elder Todd D. Christofferson, gave an outstanding message on why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs to be. I cannot possibly say things better than Elder Christofferson did, so I am going to leave the video here for you to watch the talk in its entirety.
"There is a second major reason the Savior works through a church, His Church, and that is to achieve needful things that cannot be accomplished by individuals or smaller groups.
Disciples of Jesus Christ serve one another, they help one another, and they love one another. While it is true that this service, help, and love can be offered by each of us individually, there is no way that one person, as kind-hearted as he or she may be, could provide the necessities that people need in a crisis such as the aftermath of a hurricane. This is one of the reasons Christ organized a church in His day and it is one of the reasons why His church was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
But you don't have to take my word for it. If you skipped over the video, I implore you to go back to it and listen to the words of an apostle of the Lord with an open heart and mind. And, as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words so I would like to close this post with some recent social media posts about some of the church's humanitarian efforts.
For these reasons and so many more, this is "why the church" for me.
Today I send prayers and love their way. Praying for their safety. Praying that they won't sustain too much damage, and praying that they will all be able to weather this storm. In thinking about this today, I remembered a song that I sang when I spoke to some lovely girls at their summer camp a few weeks ago. It's about finding our "safe harbor" through Christ.
Safe Harbor- Jenny Phillips
Happy Sunday, everyone. May you all find peace, love, and strength through our Savior this day...
wherever you may be.
Yes, my friends...it's true. Very shortly I will have a major project completed. One that I have been working on for a couple of years now. It's kind of a big deal for me because it is something that I have been dreaming about and have given up on several (hundred) times.
Here's a sneak peek at the cover for all of my fans (all 5 of you) who have stuck with me...
The journal that I have been working on with my good friend, Jenn, is finally going to be available. I will have more information about it on September 1, so stay tuned and get ready to add these babies to your Christmas list!
Yesterday was my 6-year "Cancerversary" and I didn't even post anything about it.
Which is kind of weird because I have posted something every year until this year. But I just wasn't feeling it yesterday. I thought about it being my "cancerversary". I even thought about things that I could post, but when it came down to it, I just didn't want to.
Maybe it's because I am still trying to hang on to the lazy days of summer.
Maybe it's because I was too busy living the "mom life" by doing yard work, house work, and trying to squeeze out every last drop of summer time family togetherness.
Or maybe it's because I don't really feel like counting anymore.
Or at least, I don't feel like counting the years anymore...just my blessings.
And I could spend the rest of my life counting my blessings and never run out of things to count.
That is something that the past six years have taught me, and that is something that I will spend the rest of my life talking about.
Life is hard, but life is good.
The past six years have taught me that my job as a mother is my absolute most important job...ever. Teaching my children about the Savior and His gospel, helping them to be kind and generous, loving them, and being their biggest fan...those are the things that I need to focus on. Am I perfect at it? No. Do I try hard every day? Yes.
I am a mother in a partnership with God as I have been entrusted with His children.
I have been reminded over and over again that I can do hard things when I ask for heavenly help.
I Can Do Hard Things.
I have learned that every single day I am breathing is a gift from God and that I have a purpose here on earth. Some days I forget that and those are the days when I have panic attacks and feel the anxiety creeping in. But the days that I remember the bigger picture--the eternal perspective--those are my favorite days.
Each day is a precious gift from God.
I have taken a scripture to heart that has helped me through some pretty tough times. That scripture and so many more will continue to help me as I live to not only endure this life, but enjoy it as well, no matter what lies ahead.
D&C 6:36 "Look unto me in every thought. Doubt not. Fear not."
And finally, I have learned that I am surrounded by goodness. I knew that before, but I cherish it more now. My family, my friends, my surroundings, they are all precious to me and I thank God every day for them.
There is truly beauty all around.
Yes, I have learned a lot over the past six years, but there is one thread that joins all of the lessons together.
One beautiful golden thread that is unbreakable.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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