Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"War, Terrible War."

For all you Hunger Games fanatics out there, that makes sense to you.
But have you ever looked at the world around you and like literally saw the war that is going on around us each and every day? It's a war, and it could be referred to as terrible, but this is a war that we will absolutely, 100% win. It's not a war where only one person, or one country comes out alive.
It's a war that we can all win if we are careful.
If we constantly have all of our armor on, and if we are looking in the right direction, we WILL win.
I've been thinking a lot about the war that is being fought between good and evil. It's a war that isn't easy, and not only is it not easy, but it's a war that we each have to fight, not collectively but individually.
Satan is tricky. He is good at what he does. He is a persistent little cuss.
And he knows that we are going to beat him. However, the more he can get us to be complacent and casual about all our efforts the closer he gets to pulling some of us onto his side.
It's scary to watch the news at night. It is nervewracking to think about when I am blessed to be a mother, what my children are going to face, and what my children's children are going to face.
And we think it's a duesy now.
It's hard to not fear the future, and to not be consumed with the evil in the world.
People just choose not to focus on it.
I was in the shower the other day thinking of the millions of little ways that Satan tries to get me.
And then, in a tender little mercy moment, my mind went back to the pre-mortal life, life before this wonderful opportunity of being here on earth.  
We know that we lived with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and that we valiantly chose to follow His plan. We knew that we would come down to this earth and it wasn't always going to be easy, but the final outcome was ALWAYS going to be worth fighting for.

We were loved and nurtured by a loving Father who built us up and we were so excited to come down and fight for his plan. We KNEW it was true. We KNEW it was right.

So what's the difference now?
In keeping with the Hunger Games Theme:
But we know the Savior didn't say that to us.
Because, well, that's false doctrine. HELLO!
The odds for coming out "alive" in this war are ALWAYS in our favor.
Because our Heavenly Father loves us perfectly.
Knows us perfectly.
And is working overtime with hundreds of thousands of his angels to bring us back home.
If we give Him half a chance, He will get us there.
The odds are in our favor!!!
And we have every tool, and every ounce of knowledge we could ever need at our fingertips in order to be successful.
In a way, we've already won, now we just have to faithfully endure.
I have to constantly remind myself:
"If we are prepared we shall not fear."
We have no reason to fear, and every reason to rejoice, regardless of how hard satan tries to bring us  down, and regardless of how much darkness we may see around us.
Because Christ is in charge.
Christ is our true light.
So when we are focused on Him,
our world will never be dark.
It's hard to endure faithfully and patiently.
But we are guaranteed victory if we do so with the best of our ability.
This random thought process helped me have a little more courage this week.
Hopefully it does for you too.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's not hard folks.

Just been thinking about this. The words we say and the way we treat others is crucial. Love this quote by Marvin J. Ashton: 

Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don't judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone's differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another's weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other.
          None of us need one more person bashing or pointing out where we have failed or fallen short. Most of us are already well aware of the areas in which we are weak. What each of us does need is family, friends, employers, and brothers and sisters who support us, who have the patience to teach us, who believe in us, and who believe we're trying to do the best we can, in spite of our weaknesses. What ever happened to giving each other the benefit of the doubt? What ever happened to hoping that another person would succeed or achieve? What ever happened to rooting for each other?