Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Book of Ether!!

     This past week I have really tried to express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for the Book of Ether. I am obviously very close to finishing the Book of Mormon for the second time and have a new found appreciation for the Book of Ether! I decided to dedicate this post to all that I have learned from it! This wont give it justice because I will only point out a FEW things that I found, so read it for yourself :)! It's only 15 chapters and definitely worth every word!

     First, Ether 2! The brother of Jared, his family and his friends are going to be lead to the promised land and Christ is like laying down the rules for being able to stay in this amazing land. He repeats over and over that if they become "ripened in iniquity" they will be cast out or swept off the land. What I loved was how Christ doesn't say, the second you sin you're gone. No, He realizes that they are going to make mistakes! He realizes that they are going to have to repent, so He gives them time. If they decide to repent and do better then perfect, that is what He wants and they can stay on this choice land. But if they start doing really bad and dont change and have no desire to change, THEN and only then, they wont be allowed to stay there anymore!
     Second, Ether 6! More specifically verses 5 and 10!
     Verse 5= So they are traveling to the promised land now in a barge (like a huge ball) and they are describing this awful wind that is sending them all throughout the ocean. It's making them go full force into waves and become completely submerged under water. What I loved about this was that this wind, to anyone in this barge and to most outsiders maybe watching, the wind is this awful thing. It's making their trip a million times harder and is just another bad thing to happen to these righteous people. But it states in verse 5, "The Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land..."  Now you see, this 'awful' wind is actually something everyone should be so grateful for! It is what is actually getting them to where they want to go. This taught me that I only see so much of the picture and Heavenly Father sees it all. He knows what has to happen to get me where I need to be and that it wont make sense at the time, and it may never make sense, but it will get me where I need to be! So I cant complain about hardships, because they may just be what saves me!
     And lastly, same chapter but now verse 10! PLEASE IF YOU DONT WANT TO READ ANYTHING ELSE, JUST READ CHAPTER 6! Verse 10... Oh I hope I can describe what I learned from it! So they are still in this barge traveling across the sea, still being tossed around by the wind. And it states, "And no monster of the sea could break them, neither whale that could mar them..." So in the mist of this awful, hard, long trip to the promised land, they are actually being blessed a ton by not getting eaten alive by sea creatures! This taught me that in trials, we cant just focus on what is going wrong. You cant just focus on the wind and how you rolling around in this barge. You should focus on the fact that you aren't drowning, that you are on your way to a beautiful place! That in hard times you are still being blessed more than you even know!!!

     I LOVE THE BOOK OF ETHER!! A must read people! I learned to much more that I couldn't express in words even if I wanted! So read it for yourself!!

Love always,
A Big Fan of The Brother Of Jared

Monday, May 21, 2012

An Anchor

     I'm not sure how to start this post... So I think I'll just share my experience last night while reading, The Book of Mormon Student Manual. But first I have to give some background on why what I read was so awesome!

     As you may know, a lot of my friends have recently become engaged!!!! Very exciting I know!! And I couldn't be happier for them! We grow up dreaming of that special someone, that you'll love forever and ever! And they'll love you forever and ever! So I have found myself constantly pondering on marriage. I thought about how he's purpose, the wedding day, having children, getting old. All the really great stuff about marriage! And then, I am sad to say that my mind wondered quickly to divorce.... And then it's impact on my life coming from divorced parents. Then.... I saw the families around me, related or not, that are getting divorced.... I mean I have no idea their circumstances and I couldn't possibly know their situation, but it shows the opposite end of the spectrum for me and how marriage doesn't always work out. How marriage and divorce is broadcasted all over television and how stats show your more likely to get divorced than to have twins.
     With all of this rummaging through my brain, too fast for anyone to deal with, I cried. As you have realized from reading this blog, that's all I ever do! But I started pointing out all my flaws, all the things that someone couldn't possibly love. Someone could never love that I am a neat freak, that I can be so anal about truly dumb things, that I get lazy a lot, that I'd usually rather spend my Saturday night with a movie and nail polish over anything else!! That I LOVE country music, that I usually cant stand rap, that I cry at everything, that I am sadly obsessed with pinterest, that I have a crazy tongan family... And the list goes on... Like seriously, nothing about me seems easy to understand or to like haha, not kidding!!
     But I moved on, I settled with the thought that it's not important right now. But Heavenly Father knew I needed some help!
     While reading my Book of Mormon Student Manual, Gordon B. Hinckley was quoted saying,

"We live in a world of uncertainty. For some, there will be great accomplishment. For others, great disappointment. For some, much of rejoicing and gladness, good health, and gracious living. For others, perhaps sickness and measure of sorrow. We do not know. But one thing we do know. Like the polar star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. He is the rock of our salvation, our strength, our comfort, the very focus of our faith!"

     Now I hope you got out of that what I did! Things may be bumpy, and this "world of uncertainty" may be too hard to handle on our own, but if we have f.a.i.t.h. and Forward All Issues Toward Heaven, we dont need to fear! Christ is constant and if we make Him our goal, everything else will fall into place! Everything!! I need more hope and less doubt, more faith and less fear! Lets be honest, it's gonna be hard to love me with all my flaws, but Heavenly Father does. So I'll find me a man who wants to be live Him. That's a good start :)

Love always,
Removing All Doubt

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Sacrament!

 Every Sunday I have always been grateful that I can partake of the sacrament! But especially yesterday!!

     You see, for the past 5 weeks I have been busy on Sunday for one reason or another. For one Sunday I was driving back from Arizona, or flying to California, or visiting my grandparents or it was Stake Conference, or I was late to sacrament meeting... Haha and so I didn't receive the sacrament for over a month!
     I didn't realize how much it really meant to me until I wasn't having it weekly! And then on Saturday, just a couple of days ago I was reading in 3 Nephi chapter 18 and it is when Christ administers the sacrament unto the multitude! It further emphasized my want to partake of the sacrament on Sunday.
     So yesterday, I made sure I was early to church, got a good seat, and could not wait to get to the sacrament!! The first hymn seemed incredibly long and so did the prayer and the sacrament hymn!! I had just waited so long and forfeited my right to the sacrament, and now I could finally have it again! I finally got that bread and nearly took out the poor kid handing it to me with excitement hahaha! Seriously felt so whole again!!
     I felt so incredible after and will never take the sacrament for granted again!
     I am so grateful for the sacrament, for all it represents, for all it means to me and will make sure I never miss it again!! :)
Love always,
Sacrament Samples