I love this picture of my cute little Ellie and when I settled on the topic for this post, I knew that this photo would be a part of it. I think it captures the feelings that I would like this post to convey: pure joy, immense gratitude for all that surrounds us, light and love.
Last month, I attended our Stake's annual Girls Camp. I have had the privilege of being on the Stake Camp Committee for the past seven years and I have loved each and every one of them. At each Girls Camp, we select a theme song for the girls to learn that will help them to feel the spirit of Christ. This year our song was a little bit different than songs that we have had in the past. It was a different style than the previous songs, very upbeat and fun. We knew it would bring a different feel to the camp and I was excited to see how this song in particular would invite this special spirit into the girls' lives.
Are you curious about this song yet? Good, because I am going to add it to the post right now.
Isn't that a fun song? The girls loved it and we had some very sweet experiences while singing that song up in the mountains on consecrated ground.
Now on to what I would like to say about this subject. It is imperative that this message gets out there. Five little words that pack a powerful punch:
IT'S GOOD TO BE ALIVE.
Do we live in perilous times? Yes. Is that anything new? No. I recently listened to a talk by one of our past prophets, President Gordon B. Hinckley. Here is what he had to say about living in perilous times.
"...Peril is not a new condition for the human family. Revelation tells us that 'there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon'...What a perilous time that must have been...Evil was manifest early in this world when Cain slew Abel. It increased until in the days of Noah 'God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth'...The earth was cleansed...Righteousness was again established. But it was not long until the family of humanity, so very many of them, returned to the ways of disobedience..."
Peril has always been a part of our lives- even before we came to this earth- and it will continue to be part of our lives until Satan is bound in the Millenium. (I cannot wait for that day. If that term is unfamiliar to you, please send me a quick email and I can tell you more about it. :)
President Hinckley goes on to say:
"Notwithstanding the great evil...what a glorious season it has been and now is...This great dawning has also resulted in a tremendous outpouring of secular knowledge...Think of the increased longevity of life. Think of the wonders of modern medicine. I stand amazed...Man's ingenuity knows no end when the God of heaven inspires and pours out light and knowledge."
We have to remember what a glorious time we are living in. Evil runs rampant, but that is nothing new and guess what? It's all part of the great plan of happiness. Evil is part of a plan of happiness? You bet. It is part of that plan because we all have been given a great gift of AGENCY. Some people use that agency wisely and some use it very poorly. It is very unfortunate and extremely heart wrenching when the poor choices of others have a negative impact on people who are exercising their agency wisely. But all will be well in the end.
How can I say that, you might ask? How can I say that all will be well in the end when everything looks so bleak right now?
I can say that because I know that God lives. I know that He has established a plan of happiness, a great plan of salvation, in which He has provided a Savior for us. A Savior who bled from every pore and suffered for all of our sins and shortcomings, our illnesses and weaknesses, all so that we can be perfected in Him. He did that for each of us because He loves us more than we can comprehend.
I could go on, but this post is already too lengthy.
So in closing, I invite you to remember these things:
*It's so good to be alive.
*You are a child of God and He loves you.
*You can do hard things and you can do them with the help of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
If you are interested, here is a link to the talk by President Hinckley. It was fun to hear his voice again. :)
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