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.
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."
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.
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?