We were not created to be sorrowful or hopeless. He wants us to have joy and that is possible through the all encompassing love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This is the promise to all who follow Him.
The Lord, in his infinite goodness, would never leave us alone on this earth to fend for ourselves. He knows we need instruction and direction. Throughout the ages He has placed prophets on the earth, to act as his mouthpieces – from Adam to Noah, Moses to Peter.
Listen to the testimony of Christ from an apostle of God. This talk was originally given in General Conference April 2009 by Jeffrey R. Holland. None Were With Him.
God sent us to earth with two beautiful, priceless gifts. Agency, the right to choose our own path and the promise that Jehovah, Jesus Christ, would atone for any and all mistakes – paving a way back to Heaven
It's easy to only see the negative to situations we don't actually know about. We are told not to judge. There's the age old adage about walking a mile in someone else's shoes. As children of God and as brothers and sisters in Christ, shouldn't we be loving each other? We have all failed, fallen and tried to get up and start anew. Should we be surprised that our friends, family and ward members are doing the same?
One of the most memorable and inspiring things I've ever heard was from a former Stake President speaking to the youth. He said this, "It doesn't matter who you were or what you have done, from this very moment you can choose to be different. To do better."
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
I don't think it's always easy for us to choose happiness, but I DO think that we can try just a little harder to be just a little better about choosing to look for the good. It's out there. Heavenly Father wants us to be happy, and His gifts are in abundance. Especially this Christmas season, I challenge all of us to look at our lives with a softer lens and remember to choose gratitude, choose happiness, and choose love.
Heavenly Father loves His daughters. He needs each of our unique talents and gifts. We will never know the scope of our reach, just as we can never truly comprehend the scope of His love for us in this life.
God has been clear from the beginning that he is unchangeable and does not turn a blind eye to sin. We, as members of the church, need to hold fast to those things we have already known to be true.
It is much easier to have faith when things are going mostly as planned. A hiccup here and there doesn’t derail us too much. We keep going. But what happens when you have a trial that very literally knocks the wind out of you?
Many times throughout life, we find ourselves facing storms of grand proportions. These may not be literal storms or weather events, but rather storms created through trials and heartache we experience.
Go to the costume section and you will inevitably find a devil costume with red horns and a tail. Watch a horror movie and see Satan depicted as an ugly frightening beast. He's scary and loud and invokes fear.
The Ten Virgins, I finally get it... by Laurie Smith
I've always struggled with the parable of the Ten Virgins. I understood the "be prepared" part, but I just couldn't grasp the lack of charity. Doesn't Christ teach us to give and help those in need?