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.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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