There are times in our life that we feel that we are the only ones out there. We feel that we are the only ones next to us on our path. However, we never are. In my life, I have found it difficult at times to realize this factor. When we turn to the Lord, we can find strength that there is someone out there for us. There is someone walking the path with us. As a junior in college, I found my self depressed. I had hit a bottom low for my self esteem and I struggled to see how I could deal with everything. I went to my doctor and she put me on an anti-depressant, which soon became known as my happy pills. At this time in my life, I was a full time athlete, I was working 30 hours a week, and I was a full time biology student. My plate was a little too full. I had put my self in a depression from too much stress. I struggled to feel accepted and just was angry for many reasons. However, I was never alone. My savior, Jesus Christ, was always there for me. He was there to help me and I as turned to him, I was able to find strength. I was able to see the benefits and blessing that come from my Savior. I love how the Bible tells us that all we need to do is Knock! He will open the door to us every time. The Lord will never reject who we are. The thing that got me out my depression was prayer. I prayed to him and asked for his help. I wanted to feel happy again and I wanted to know that I didn’t need to depend on a pill to do that for me. Truth be told, while I was on my pills, I never fully felt happy. My emotions were different than my thoughts. I needed help from Savior to feel happy. It was a work in progress but I had to learn how to relay on Jesus to find that happiness again in my life.In the Book Of Mormon, the end of 2 Nephi, there many references to how the Savior has his arms open to us at all times, no matter what we do. Our Savior loves us and all we need to do is turn to him.
Monthly Archives: September 2013
My Heavenly Father gave me the greatest gift of all time. The person that I love the most is my little sister Hailey. She is the greatest gift given to me! We are beyond close and we have the ability to laugh at every thing. Sometimes we say that we have a langue that is all of our own because we can look at each other, laugh our heart out, and without saying a word, we know what the other is thinking. Growing up, we didn’t always get along and we still have days that we argue but at the end of the day we love each other. I believe that our Heavenly Father has given us our families for certain reasons. That they are organized through God for our benefit to help us grow and to lift us up in the times of need. There have been more days than one when a phone call home or reading a letter from her has helped me in the times that I need the most. This love that we have for each other has come from our faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We know that we will have the ability to live together for ever and we cherish that ability. We tell each that we were put on this earth for soul purpose of being each other’s keeper. We look out for each other and are grateful that we have the bond that we do. She is one of the greatest gifts that I have received from my Heavenly Father.
Doctrine and Covenants 132: 15-20 tells us:
15 Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world, and he marry her not by me nor by my word, and he covenant with her so long as he is in the world and she with him, their covenant and marriage are not of force when they are dead, and when they are out of the world; therefore, they are not bound by any law when they are out of the world.
16 Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are appointed angels in heaven, which angels are ministering servants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory.
17 For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever.
18 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if that covenant is not by me or by my word, which is my law, and is not sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, through him whom I have anointed and appointed unto this power, then it is not valid neither of force when they are out of the world, because they are not joined by me, saith the Lord, neither by my word; when they are out of the world it cannot be received there, because the angels and the gods are appointed there, by whom they cannot pass; they cannot, therefore, inherit my glory; for my house is a house of order, saith the Lord God.
19 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.
20 Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.
Through the Love of the Savior, my family has had the opportunity to grow stronger and have a greater love towards one another. I love that I know that my family can be together forever.
Guest Blogger: Brandi Lea Randle
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
I was raised in a religious God fearing family. We went to church weekly; I participated in Sunday school, church camp, and youth groups. I was baptized by the Holy Spirit and Confirmed in our church. One could say that I had a plush upbringing but that doesn’t mean that the lucky ones don’t face their own trials and tribulations. I believe that is a turning point for any religious individual- how they deal with being beaten down. Do you fight back, accept your fate, become resilient, put your trust into God, or misplace your anger onto God?
When I was sixteen years old my younger brother took his own life. Our family was turned upside down. I came full circle of feeling every emotion known to mankind. I didn’t trust anyone let alone our unwavering Father. How could something so bad happen to people who were so good? I followed the ‘rules!’ I took the ‘necessary steps!’ My faith was shaken and I wasn’t prepared to deal with my trail and tribulation. I fell into a dark place looking for acceptance, devotion, loyalty, and love. Not realizing that I was looking in all the wrong places. I held the key to my happiness and it wasn’t in unhealthy relationships, alcohol, or the false pretense of love. My happiness comes from my commitment to God.
1 Peter 4:12-13
Dear friends; do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Redemption is the deliverance from our sins and God provides this. God provides redeeming love! He delivered me from my trails, tribulations, and sins. I have found Him to be accepting of my faults, devoted to my well-being, to have unwavering loyalty, and provide unconditional love. God has blessed my life in more ways than I can recall. Most recently He introduced me to my husband; a godly man among men. My husband loves his family and he loves God. He raises me up and shows me what a healthy relationship should be. My husband trusts the Lord, he prays diligently, and he brings me closer to God on a daily basis. The path I walk with the Lord is one of the most important parts of my life. How can I turn away from Him when He provides so much for me? God knows my path and I feel blessed to have Him holding my hand through this life.
Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with your entire mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
Many times in our life, we feel that love should just be something given to us. That we should have it for on apparent reason. However, everyone knows that all good things take time. All things are worth the wait. Sometimes we feel that the Savior is not for us and that we don’t have his love for us because things are not all ways panning out the way we want it to. Even though he always love us and is always there for us, it can be hard for us to know that his love is there for us. Not every time and every moment of our life do we feel that love that he has for us. However, my best advice is to wait. There is an excellent talk that tells us how we can feel the Savior’s love in time. The Talk is titled “Love Takes Time” by Marvin J. Ashton and can be found at http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1975/10/love-takes-time?lang=eng&query=love. As we take the time and press forward, we can have that love that we are searching for in our life. We just have to wait out the storm just a little bit longer. The Savior’s hands are always stretched out for benefit!
“Love is the catalyst that causes change. Love is the balm that brings healing to the soul.” – Thomas S. Monson
Love can come in all forms and ways. Love is something that we have to have in our life in order to feel the pace and happiness in our life. We can feel the Savior for us through others as well. The Lord will put people into our path so that we can have the Love that we need to have happiness.
In my life, I wasn’t always dealt the greatest deck of cards. I have had a good life but there have been times in my life where I didn’t feel that no one cared or loved who I was. In college there was a time where I didn’t believe that we had a loving Heavenly Father who wanted us to have a good life. I was given the greatest opportunity of being a college athlete. I was lucky to have the chance to run cross country and track and field everyday. I was competing almost every weekend and I was doing what I loved to do that most. Running became my life and passion. It was everything to me. However, when all was going good, I was hit with the largest obstacle of all time for me. I was diagnosed with Hip Dyspepsia, a condition that causes my hip bone to have bone on bone rubbing. It is one of the most painful things to experience in life. This diagnose caused me to never compete again. I had to say goodbye to my passion in life. I had to complete give up everything that I knew in life. At that time, I was beyond hurt. I questioned if God loved me. I couldn’t understand if I had a God that loved me then why did he take away the thing that I loved the most. I couldn’t grasp why my Heavenly Father would give a 21 year old boy a condition that most people don’t get until they are at least 80. I was being told things about a hip replacement and things about arthritis. As a young man, these were words that I didn’t imagine to be a thought or even considered. I felt betrayed to say the least. So I did the worst idea ever, I stopped doing the things that I knew to be true. I stopped following my Heavenly Father’s commandments and I started to live a bit of rebellious life. At that time, I lost! I couldn’t figure out what I didn’t to do. I had feeling of guilt, shame, and I was holding too much in. I was a wreak! I needed help. At the end of July, I began packing all my things so that I could move back home. I came across my Book Of Mormon. Looking at it, I felt that it was pointless that I should have it. For some reason, I started flipping through it. I stopped at Alma 5:26: “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask you, can ye feel so now?” For some odd reason, it hit me so strong. I knew before this experience that my Heavenly Father loved me. While reading that, I felt the spirit so strong. So in that moment, I knelt down and prayed for the first time in about seven month. I prayed and asked “Heavenly Father do you love me?” “Do you love me? and if so, will you show me so right now!” I closed my prayer and just sat there. For the first time in my life, I felt the spirit so strong. I felt a feeling that I couldn’t hold back. It was warmth, it was peace, it was too big for me hold in. I felt in my chest. Beyond anything else, I felt and knew that my Heavenly Father loved me. I knew it and can’t deny it. Having hip dyspepsia isn’t something that has been easy for me and I wish that in that moment that I was ok with having it. There are still days that I question why I have it. There are days that I wonder will ever go away. However, I am grateful to have it because had I never been given it, I would have never knew for a fact that my Heavenly Father loves me. Being a Mormon gives hope too because I know that once I am resurrected that I will be healed because my Savior Jesus Christ broke the bands of death for us. When we are resurrected, we all receive a perfected body.
Love through the Savior can make our family be together forever!