Friday, June 17, 2016

I Am a Child of God

 Can I just say once more how much I love posting on this blog? Its my favourite!
So I've been thinking a lot about our divine nature; and with that the love that we have from our Father in Heaven.
What does it mean to be a child of God?
For me this is best said in Romans 8:16 which says, "16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:" I love this because it is through the Spirit that we are able to learn about the truths of God. And one of those truths is that we are His children.
An image of a hiker combined with a quote by Elder Hallstrom: “It is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God.”As I have learned about the divine nature that I have I have come to know and feel of the great love that God has for me. And in turn the great love that He has for each of us.
He knows you personally and loves you through everything that you go through. Never doubt for a single moment that you matter to Him, because you do. If you did not matter to Him, He would not have sent His only Begotten Son to suffer and die for your sins, temptations, pains, and afflictions (see John 3:16).
Many people ask, "If God loves all of His children, why does He let bad things happen?"
This is truly a hard question. The answer to which is again found in the scriptures. In Alma 34:32 (found in the Book of Mormon) we read, 32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors." We are here on Earth to prepare to return to live with our Father in Heaven. We are able to prepare through the experiences, trials, good times, and bad times. They all work together to help us learn and grow.
I know that understanding that I am a Child of God has been a great blessing in my life in helping me know that He is truly there for me Every. Step. Of. The. Way. God loves you and He loves me. And He loves all of us, and this love stems from Him being your Father and Mine.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Which way?

So I've been thinking a lot about choices again. So sorry that this second post on choices is coming so soon after the first. But I think it is a topic worth discussing over and over, so I hope you enjoy it. :)

So there are so many choices we face in life right? Like Every. Single. Day.
It gets kind of crazy sometimes, but this special ability we have to choose is something I have had to learn to cherish. We all have been given a gift from God called Agency, which is simply the ability to choose. This is something that the prophets, both ancient and modern have talked a lot about.
In 2 Nephi 2:27 it reads:
 "27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself."
Also recently President Thomas S. Monson said:
"When we left our premortal existence and entered mortality, we brought with us the gift of agency. Our goal is to obtain celestial glory, and the choices we make will, in large part, determine whether or not we reach our goal."
I love both this scripture and this quote so much! It really is so vital that we understand where it is that our choices lead us.
As we determine what our end goal is, we will have an easier time making the decisions necessary to get us there. Like the verse in 2 Nephi teaches, we can either choose liberty and eternal life, or we can choose misery, captivity, and death.
Sounds like a pretty easy choice right? :)
However it isn't so easy. Like I said in my other post that you can see Here it takes courage to make the choices we need to in following Jesus Christ.
I know that I have not always made the best choices in my life. But I also know that choosing to repent and turn back to follow Christ has been the BEST choice in my life. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have of God's love, and how because of Jesus Christ's Atonement (sacrifice) I can be forgiven, I can start today and choose to do better and be better. And you can too! :)