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How Great Thou Art

The other day I woke up to fluffy white stuff falling from the sky. I have been unusually blessed this winter by having this stuff be in rare supply. Amid groans and complaints I went throughout my day. Then I had the opportunity to sing the well-known hymn “How Great Thou Art”. This beautiful hymn reminded me of all the blessings a loving Father has given me.

It isn’t the snow that is awful, it’s the results that are. There is nothing that can compare to the beauty of freshly fallen snow. Or seeing the mountains that surround me dressed in the winter finest. Or the way it covers up all the rough edges and softens it to a picturesque scene. So often I take for granted the beauty of this world and complain about the one thing that isn’t pleasant.

When I stop and take a look around me, I realize how beautiful this earth is. Then I realize that the Great Creator made this for us. What is even greater is that he sent His Beloved Son to this earth, to suffer and die, so that I can return to live with Him someday. This alone cause my soul to sing, “How Great Thou Art.”

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February 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm 1 comment

My Thankful Heart

My last two Thanksgivings have been spent far away from home. So for the first time in two years, I will be home for Thanksgiving. As I ponder this amazing blessing, I am reminded of my other amazing blessings. And these blessings have somehow shaped my life, for which I am thankful. Please indulge me as I share a heart that is overflowing with gratitude.

To start I am thankful for the two amazing Thanksgivings I had on my mission. One in the MTC, the other in Newark. My second Thanksgiving was spent with this family, who made us feel as if we were home again. These holidays spent in New York truly illuminated what having a grateful heart is all about. It is more about being grateful for what you have been blessed with than what we are lacking. Gratitude is a choice.

Next I am thankful for God’s guiding hand in my life. If it wasn’t for His guidance, I would not be in the place that I am or be as happy as I am. His guidance has put in a place that I could never imagine and never would be on my own. Which leads to what I am thankful for next…my roommates. These amazing women I never would have met if I hadn’t been directed. They have truly blessed my life and I thank God daily that they are in my life. How blessed can one person get?

I could go on and on about other blessings, such as my crazy, wonderful family, or the miracles that happen daily. but I will just end with the thing that I am most thankful for. And that is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. There is nothing more that I can say. It brings joy, it bridges the ravine of sin between us and God, it gives us hope for a brighter today and a better tomorrow.

If we can be thankful for the Atonement and Jesus Christ, then we can be able to see the multitude of other blessings around us. Even in our darkest hour there is a chance to be thankful… for the Light of Jesus Christ. Look around and find what you are thankful for.

Watch this video to see how to live with a thankful heart. Clicke here to watch Thanksgiving Daily.

November 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Lessons Learned

I have been home from my mission for about 3 months. In those three months I have had some interesting things. First I had to get used to the fact that I wasn’t a missionary anymore. Next I had to venture into the real world of going out and finding a job. Along the way there were a few things that I thought I knew, but once again had to get a crash course in remembering them.

First thing I learned, again, is to trust the Lord completely. On my mission I had mastered this, but somehow forgot it. As I have been striving to find a job, I have once again realized how completely helpless I am without His divine help. No, I haven’t found a job yet. But I am once again trusting the Lord.

The second thing I had to learn again was to have hope. In can be really depressing to see how big of a mess this world is in, when you have been protected from it for 18 months. With hope and faith I can see beyond the mess. I may not be able to fix the world, but I can have optimism and make sure my life is not a mess. I can also have hope that all will work, because my trust in not based on the decisions of men, but on the knowledge that God has a plan for me.

Finally, I have learned to laugh at whatever comes. There is so much that I cannot control. At times I have let that frustrate me and drive me crazy. I laugh at the craziness of life because otherwise the stress would kill me. I try to not let the little things bug me. I don’t always succeed. There is so much good in this life that I can’t let the negative block my view.

I learned many lessons on my mission. Sometimes I learned them the hard way. I thought I had them down pat. But I was wrong. Some lessons are life-learned lessons and I will be spending the rest of my life learning them.

August 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm 2 comments

A Precious Gift

For the last 17 months of my life I have been blessed with an extremely precious gift. That gift is time. Time to be full-time missionary for my Savior Jesus Christ. And my time as a missionary is running out. Everyday I hear the ticking of clock  in the back of my head. It is saying “time is short, time is short.”

Time indeed is a precious gift and the time that we have to serve a mission is limited to 18 months. This is the only time that I will be able to devote all my time, talents, and efforts to serving Jesus Christ. In order to make the best use of that time you forget yourself and get to work. And you work hard.

The thought of finishing my mission is scary. The greatest blessing in my life is about to end.While my time as a missionary is limited, my time to serve the Lord is not. The time I have to serve the Lord does not end with my mission. That is a life long opportunity that I am blessed with.

While I may not know what course my life will take after this experience, I do know that I will continue to find opportunities to serve. I have learned that when we are in the service of others we are following the example of Jesus Christ. That is course that will always provide happiness, despite the chaos of the world.

To learn more about what I have been doing for 17 months as a missionary, check out Mormon.org

April 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm 1 comment

Because of One

Have you ever thought of how powerful one person can be. Literally one person can make a world of difference, to one person. We can all effect just one person. What we don’t see is the ripple effect of that occurs because of that one person whom we touched. We find examples, for good and evil, every the effect of just one person.

So the first place we can turn is to the scriptures. One of my favorite scripture stories is of a Book of Mormon prophet Abinadi. Abinadi lived among a group of people who were really wicked. He was called as a prophet to tell the people to repent. They didn’t listen. In the end the king order the death of Abinadi. Now who did Abinadi effect, just one person.

The one person who Abinadi touched, his name was Alma. Alma believed the words of Abinadi and started to teach the words of Abinadi to the people. Now the amount of people who believed Alma’s words far exceed the amount who believed Abinadi’s words.  The amount who first believed in his words was two hundred. It later grew to about 450 people who believed. Trace it back and it is all because of one person.

Just like Abinadi had such a positive effect on one person and later hundreds. The same is true for those who want to do wicked. The was a unrighteos king found in the Book of Mormon. He was wicked and since he was wicked, all of his people were also  wicked.

The greatest effect of just one person, is the one person who changed the world. This one person was our Savior Jesus Christ.  His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, His cruxification on the cross, and His resurrection has changed the world. The power of that one person has made it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven.

As we strive to follow Jesus Christ, we are not asked to change the world. The power of one person’s example will effect someone and they will effect someone else, until it snowballs and before you know it hundreds of people have been changed because of one person’s righteous example. The question is what kind of power do you have?

February 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm 2 comments

You Can Do It

Some of you may remember the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Now I personally don’t remember, but this clip caught my eye. It touched my heart, to think of this dad helping his son. It ended up that the son didn’t win, but he finished. To start the race the dad was probably on the side lines cheering his son on. Then in his moment of need, his father was there. He helped him finish the race.

Now, who has been your strongest supporter. The person who is behind you all the way. The person who you can hear yelling “You can do it!” Each of us has someone who is cheering us, giving us encouragement and saying, “Yes, you can do this.” Then in our moment of need, they run out to the track and help us finish. We all have one person in our lives who runs out to the track and helps us finish. 

Now this one person is God, our Heavenly Father. The reason he knows we can do it, is that he knows us. He created this marvelous earth for us to come to and to succeed. He didn’t create us just to fail. He knows that each of us will, without exception, have difficulties and trials. Along with that he gave us powerful resources so we could succeed.

Heavenly Father has provided a way for us to succeed. He sent us His son, Jesus Christ, our older brother. He had a special part to play. He was to be our Savior,our Redeemer and He runs onto the track and carries us to the finish line. Through His suffering, he knows what it is like to hurt so bad that you can’t go. With that suffering, He also knows how to help us to reach the finish line. So that we can do it. As we put our trust in Christ, we can and will finish the race.

To learn more visit Mormon.org

To see the clip, 1992 Olympics

February 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment

Recipe for Life

My cooking skills are somewhat limited. However if I have a recipe I can usually fumble my way through and make a half-decent dish. It is easy to follow a recipe and make a meal. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a recipe for life. We all do, we just choose not to follow it. That is when heartaches and sorrows come.

You may ask what is the recipe and how can I obtain it. This recipe is easy to obtain, harder to follow. The recipe is the commandments.  And where are the commandments found? In God’s word. Now some say “well, the commandments don’t apply to today’s world”. Of course they do! God is eternal, so his laws are also eternal(2 John 1:6). We may not understand them all, but they are all applicable to our lives today.

Saying that we don’t need commandments is like saying you don’t need a recipe to make a complicated dish. If you use all the correct ingredients and follow the directions, you have an excellent meal to enjoy. If you don’t… who knows what type of mess you will end up with. It may turn out all right or it may be a disaster. The same goes for following the commandments. If you live the commandments, you will have an excellent life(Mosiah 2:22). If you don’t, you may be alright for the short-term, but in the long-term you are in a heap of trouble.

The reason Heavenly Father gave us commandments is because he loves us(1 John 5:3). He knows what will make us happy in the long-term. So he gave us the recipe, then he gave us the choice of whether or not we want to follow it. If we do, even if we fumble our way through, life will turn out alright. If we don’t, we won’t ever find true and everlasting happiness(Alma 41:10).  The best news is that we can always start anew. The ingredients never change, but our choice whether of not we follow the recipe can(Joshua 24:15). The Savior gives us a brand new bowl, in which to add the ingredients into.

To learn more visit Mormon.org

January 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

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