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Worthy Not Perfect

The need to be perfect in all aspects of my life is a major problem that I have. My competitive nature doesn’t help either but instead adds to having to be perfect and better than those around me. On my mission, I came to realize that this was a bad thing, especially when comparing to myself. My mission president, President Paul Craig, use to always tell me to stop beating myself up for falling short from being perfect. We spent a large amount of time over coming my perfection and realizing that I am going to fall short from the grace of God. He taught me that the Savior Jesus Christ would be the one to help make up the difference of my imperfection. Though it makes sense and something I always want to do, it is the hardest thing for me to do. It’s hard for me not to beat myself daily or weekly for not being perfect. There is always something that I should have done better and something that keeps me from being perfect.

Lately, I’ve been taking an institute class at UVU in which Brother Longmoore teaches us daily to give it all to Christ. Last week he taught us ways to allow the Atonement of Jesus Christ to help us and to trust in the Lord’s grace. Brother Longmoore has been truly inspired as a teacher because I’ve realized that it’s a terrible thing to beat ourselves up for living the gospel. He tells us that the good news should be enjoyable and we should get credit for the great things we do. Last week, he taught us that sin is not sin. Sin is just a mistake and a chance to learn, grow, and become a better person. It’s an opportunity to come closer to our Savior and Father in Heaven.

Going into General Conference this past weekend, I wanted to know how to not beat myself up daily anymore. I wanted to know how I could trust in the Lord more and use the Atonement of Jesus Christ more in my life. (Side note, this conference was a special one for me as I got to attend it in the flesh for the first time!) However, conference taught me that it is ok not to be perfect. God still loves us for not being perfect. He is proud of the progress we make daily and he is there at all times. He is grateful that we want to be better and have him in our lives.

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Elder Gong of the seventy taught that being worthy is not perfect. Rather being worthy is striving daily to keep the covenants we made with the Lord. Being worthy is willing to change and allow the Savior to be apart of our change. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up for the mistakes we make like I do. So the past few week have been eye-opening to me. Its going to be hard but rather than tearing myself apart each night and Sunday, I’m going to work on forgiving myself and letting the Savior take over my insecurities. I’m going to work on my problems and let others help me more. I have a strong desire to be better person to myself and those around me. I might not be perfect but thats ok. I have a God who knows and loves me. I have a Savior who died for my sins and is there to hold me up and wrap his arms around me. I have an amazing family who loves me and looks past my faults. I have so many amazing leaders that teach me ways to be better. I have the best roommates who help me laugh at life’s ups and downs. I have so many great friends who teach me through their examples of what it is like to be disciples of Christ. Moving forward, life is going to be good and in time, I will overcome my shortcommings. Yoked with the Savior, I will be perfect one day.

For Elder Gerrit W. Gong’s full talk: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/04/media/session_5_talk_4/4829550348001?lang=eng

 

 

 


Life lessons from Francis Padgett

Serving in the Arlington ward, my knowledge and testimony of the plan of salvation has really began to be more deeply understood. Recently, my favorite person in this ward passed away: Francis Padgett. For lack of words, Sister Padgett was a riot. She was an older lady that took life to the extreme and held nothing back. In the last six months, I have grown to learn so much from this lady, in which I’d like to share a few of them.

First, above everything you do, serve God and others before yourself. Sister Padgett never took the time for her self. She was the most caring person as she poured her heart out to so many people. She told me to make sure that you see others are taken care of first. She lived the scripture that said when you have done it to the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me. Christmas time, she purchased over three hundred gifts to give to under privilege kids. She wanted to make sure that every child was looked after. 

Next, she taught me to make sure we are always taking time for the good word. Whenever we would go see her, she would be all excited to tell us everything that she was involved in. She would sporadically be telling one story from the next and then she would stop and say ” this ain’t important, tell me the good news.” She understood our purpose and she would always tell us that there is nothing more important than the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Sister Padgett has more awards and honors than I have ever seen anyone hold. To name a few, she has the gavel and the key to Jacksonville more than once. She had more certificates than anyone ever. Despite all of these awards, her most valuable piece of paper can be found in the back of her so called zoo of awards. Next to the Salt Lake City temple, there is a piece of paper that tells her that her husband and her are sealed for all time and eternity. The most amazing award we can be given on this earth is our family. Our family is where we can find true happiness and success. 

This lady has taught me so much but I would have to say the most favorite lesson she has taught me is to always have a fun life and to make most out of it. First time I met her, she asked me if I liked skydiving. She proceeded to tell me that she had gone 22 times and was preparing to go zip lining soon. She lived life on the extreme because it made her happy. She refused to slow down and would often say that life is too short to be miserable. This life was a blessing given to us and we needed to make the most of it. 

Words can not describe how incredible this lady was. She always put a smile on my face and was a pure excitement. She is one that I will forever miss and I am grateful for the chance to call her my dear friend. Hopefully when I’m as old as her, I will have as much energy and drive. I also hope that I will stay as rooted in the gospel as she was. Till next time, I am thankful for the many moments I was given to share with my dear friend Sister Padgett.