Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Like Clay on a Wheel

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying themselves!! :)
So I found this beautiful picture quote today and I just wanted to share my thoughts on it, and possibly a fun little story. We'll see :)

There was a wonderful story shared in conference last October. You can read the full talk HERE
But it relates how it is that we need to live a Christ-centered life, just as the clay on the potter's wheel must be centered exactly on the wheel. If it is not, the clay will fly everywhere and create a major mess.
I was really touched by this. I feel like in my life I have been fairly good at centering my desires on Christ and on following Him faithfully.
However, it must be exact. We cannot let the slightest things pull us from being centered on Christ. Whether it be fear, doubt, uncertainty, or laziness. There is no excuse good enough to keep us from following Christ.

When I was attending University I made it my goal to wake up early and study the scriptures each day for 20-30 minutes before preparing for the day and heading to class. I kind of amazed myself at my resolve to do it. As every time previously I had tried to do this I had failed.
However, God helped me in achieving this goal, even with keeping up with classes and the small social life I was attempting to have. :)
When I returned home at the end of my semester I was feeling pretty good and confident in my ability to continue to study daily.
I failed, just as I had before.
Why? Because I allowed other things, other GOOD things (Like going running) to keep me from devoting time to study.
I know that there is a power that comes from giving all that we can to the Lord. As we make the necessary sacrifices to Him in order to centre our lives on Him and His teachings all things will be possible. I know this because I have seen it many, many times in my life.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Equality and Obedience

Hi there!!
So sorry once again that it has been a while since I have posted. Sometimes I have to many things that I want to post that I never actually get any of them posted... Awkward.... haha :)

I wanted to share my thoughts a little bit about a scripture I read recently. I think it has answers to questions that we ask, especially now-a-days.
The scripture is Alma 28:13 it reads, "13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgressionand the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men."
I was really touched when I read this verse. I started to think about how unfair life is. As my dear sweet mother reminded me often as a child. 
In many, if not most, cases of life being unfair or of there being inequality, whether supposed or not, I began to notice a pattern of truth that lead me back to this verse of scripture. 
Inequality follows sin and transgression. 
Inequality follows the plans of the devil.         A photograph of a compass combined with a quote by President Boyd K. Packer: “We must choose who to follow.”
Inequality is not part of the Lord's plan. 
God has a great desire to bless each and everyone of His children. And as we read in Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21, " 20 There is lawirrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
 21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."
God's desire to bless, guide, help, and direct us is always there. But it is only as we are obedient that we are able to receive those blessings. It is only by truly following God and His Son Jesus Christ that we are able to find peace in this life.
I know I have been able to find, peace, joy, strength, and innumerable blessings from my Father in Heaven. As I have worked on being obedient. 
God's love is real and I testify of the reality of it. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Turn Around

Hi Again!
I just wanted to say thanks for all of the love, comments, and support I've on my blog!
It means so much because it helps me know that I am making a difference in someone's day. We can be the difference to so many people. It also helps me know that I am doing what I am suppose to be doing in reaching out and sharing the gospel. Which is something I love and am so grateful for the opportunity I have to do it each and everyday as a missionary.
So I wanted to share a little bit today about repentance, I don't know why. It is just what came to me today.
So imagine that you are a child again. Like 5 or 6 years old. And you have your Dad's favourite whatever... lets say fishing pole. And you break it.
How are you going to feel? Terrified right? So fast forward.
You don't tell your Dad. Why? Because you are scared. You don't want to get in trouble, and after all it was an accident. You were just playing, having fun. But in the next few days, you start to feel guilty because you haven't told him. You are just waiting for him to find it. But also hoping that he won't find it because then you would get in trouble. So you try your very hardest to do everything he asks. To follow everything exactly and in good time. so that he will hopefully be less mad when he does find out. You walk on eggshells around him.
That is not a fun feeling, eh?
You want to tell him. but are scared of the consequences. There is truly one way to make this better.
You have to go to him and ask for his forgiveness. Ask that he will understand that it was a mistake.
The only difference in this verses your Father in Heaven is that He already knows what happened. He already knows everything that you did. And thankfully, has patience enough to wait until you come to Him seeking forgiveness, love, and healing.
An image of a chalkboard whereon is written a quote by President Boyd K. Packer: “Just as chalk can be removed … the effects of … transgression can be erased.”
I know that our Father in Heaven has a great desire for us to turn to Him and ask Him for the things we need. If He did not then He wouldn't have sent His Son, Jesus Christ for us. And Christ would not have endured the sacrifice that He did for us. God provided a way from us from the beginning. Now the ball is in our court to do what we will, whether we choose to turn to Him or not.
Repenting can be scary, it can be hard; but it is so worth it! We don't have to hold onto the feelings of guilt, shame, sorrow, or fear. We can find true and lasting healing through Christ. I know that this is true because I have felt it. It is the most incredible feeling in the world.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Prayers of Faith

I'm so terribly sorry that it has been so long since I have posted! Crazy things have been happening with a wonderful baptism and getting transferred out of Saskatoon. Which are both happy and sad! :) Life is general is great!
Today I wanted to share one of the things that helps keep me going each and everyday! And that is PRAYER!! :)
A pale blue background paired with a quote by Martin Luther: “All who call on God … will … be heard.”
Prayer is such a wonderful thing. Why? Because we can do it at anytime and in any place that we are in. Which is kind of amazing!!
I love that God, our Father in Heaven has this wonderful way for us to be able to talk to Him.

How amazing is it that we have the ability to talk to the most powerful being in the universe and have the assurance that He not only hears us, but Answers us as well! :)

I know that prayers of faith have truly brought miracles into my life. So many more miracles that I can even count. God really does hear and answer our prayers.
He wants to talk with us! He wants to help us. And He does as we turn to Him in humble, heartfelt prayer! :)
I know that prayer works and that it can and will bring us peace, which is something I know I need in my life daily.
God loves you so much! If you doubt it, just ask Him! :)