A witness from God can be relied upon. As you read our thoughts, beliefs, and experiences, we invite you to obtain a witness for yourself. If something we say or imply does not ring true, then you should feel no obligation to accept it. Life is an individual and unique journey with God. Although we can help and encourage each other, we need to be careful not to come between God and another person.


Saturday, September 23, 2023

Is the Entertainment Worth the Price?

Gossip is one of those destructive forces where no one wins. Yet, it is everywhere and one of our society’s main sources of entertainment. It’s in the news, at the office, between neighbors, and the list goes on.  

I feel qualified to speak about this topic because I have gossiped, I have listened to gossip, and I have been gossiped about by others. For a long time, I have believed it is not good to gossip, but new insight has given me self-serving reasons to abandon the practice altogether. 

There is an energy exchange that happens with every thought, word, and action. Some see this energy, and others feel this energy. Many are unconscious of the energy flow. We don’t realize how what we do depletes our energy or gives us energy.

So, here is how it works: We are all in need of energy. When we are full of energy, life is great. Without it, we struggle to make it through the day. So what does gossip have to do with energy? It’s like eating sugar. We get a momentary high when we feed off others' energy through gossiping, but it is followed by a low once the “gossip high” wears off.  Then we go back to get another high just to come crashing down again. It feels good for a brief moment and gives us a surge of energy.  If left unchecked, the desire for the “gossip high” will make us sick and create chaos in our life. 

So, where do we get our healthy balanced “energy meals” that give us sustained energy to thrive, not merely survive? 

#1 Connect to a Higher Power: Those who gossip are competing for other humans’ energy. Remember there is infinite energy available to all. Some call this higher power God, Jesus Christ, the Universe, Mother Nature, Source, Buddha, etc. The name isn’t as important as recognizing there is a power greater than us, a power that’s infinite, the power of love. Taking time each day to connect, fill up, and keep light energy flowing is key to receiving an endless supply of energy all day long. If you don’t know how to do this, start by observing the unique beauty around you. Notice the details, the colors, the shapes and then go into appreciation for this beautiful thing. As you give it your appreciation, you shift into love and it shares energy back with you. When you have arrived to this state- then take 3 deep breaths and picture an energy balloon filling up around you. Start living in gratitude and appreciation for everything knowing life is perfect for you. 

#2 Connect to Self: Those who gossip are depleted of energy and are insecure. So, be your own best friend and be good to yourself. What we observe in the outside world is a reflection of what is going on inside. Get really good at observing you. The whole world changes when you change. Life is always serving you the perfect experiences to teach you and help you grow. Instead of resisting the flow, learn every lesson placed in front of you. Love the learning process. Learn to love you!

A few tips for recovering gossipers:

  • If you have a habit and are addicted to talking about others, don’t expect immediate reform. Start by noticing yourself when you gossip. Are you depleted of energy? What energy high are you getting from this conversation? How do you feel after the conversation? 

  • The weakness you see in others, is a reflection of the weakness in yourself. If you need to gossip, gossip about how you do the very things you see in others. 

  • Fill your tank everyday and throughout the day. When you’re nourished by the Infinite energy source, your gossip addiction will shrivel and die. 

A few tips for those listening to gossip:

  • Don’t believe what you hear. Use this time to learn more about the heart of the one speaking than the one being spoken about. And remember there are always two sides to every story. If you care about the person and have a relationship with them, you will care about what the other side of the story is. 

  • Bring light and consciousness to the conversation. Bring it back to what’s going on with us instead of what’s going on with them.

  • Pay attention to the energy inside of you. Focus on filling up with light, so you can listen without being depleted of energy.

  • Shift the conversation to another subject and help everyone out by stopping the gossip. 

A few tips for those who are being gossiped about by others:

  • Forgive, forgive, forgive. Look with compassion upon those who are depleted of energy. 

  • Gossip about you has nothing to do with you. Do not receive others' projections as meaning anything.

  • Stay full of light, and all things will turn to your good.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Garbage, Fences, and Crickets

Nine year old Belinda pointed out that I’m always talking about garbage, fences, and crickets. She’s right. These are my guiding principles and have everything to do with my happiness, so why not talk about them? Everyone wants to be happy, right? So let’s talk about garbage, fences, and crickets!

#1 Everyone Takes Out Their Own Garbage!

Our garbage is the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and psychological muck we carry around day after day, month after month, and year after year. Like the garbage sitting in our kitchen, the longer this trash sits in our heart and mind, the stinkier it becomes. This junk makes us angry, worried, fearful, jealous, agitated, and the list goes on. In short, our garbage makes us miserable. 

And even though this garbage is not pleasant, we jealously guard it while we also don’t want to look at it. What would motivate us to clean our house and take out our garbage? What’s the reward? I am finding that when the garbage is gone, all that remains is love, joy, and peace. Don’t you think that’s worth a little bit of housework?

So where do we start? The first step is being willing to look at our own garbage. How can we take out the garbage if we don’t know what it is? Years ago, I found a verse that really helps me identify my garbage.

“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest does the same things.” Romans 2:1

It is easy for me to judge others. I can see their flaws and mistakes easier than I can see my own. So, here’s the deal . . . First step, whenever I judge another person, I write it down. Second step, I look at what I just wrote and ask myself, “How do I do these same things?” If I get stumped, I ask God to show me how the things I judged in another are actually being done by me. The answers always come. Many times it is not what I expected. It’s genius.

For example, last year I was really triggered by some situations in my life. My problem really looked like someone else’s problem, but I knew better. It was mine. I couldn’t see my issues, so I asked God. He told me I was codependent and a people pleaser. Anyone who knows me wouldn’t have given me that feedback, but they don’t know me like God knows me. As it always is with God, along with the correction, I was given the solution to my problem, “Stop projecting your garbage onto others, and when they project their garbage on to you, don’t receive it.” That little piece of advice is making all the difference. It is clearing up so many problems.

Following this simple advice, I find it is much easier to keep my peace when my spouse, child, friend, or enemy is having a hard time. I remember it has nothing to do with me. Instead of getting caught up in their drama, I help where I can, but know it is about them not me. If there is something I can learn, then I learn. But an angry, frustrated, irritated person is dealing with their issues not with my issues. When I am the object of someone's frustrations, I can keep my peace. There's no reason to be offended at something that has nothing to do with me. A lot of my issues and triggers are disappearing as I stop feeling responsible for everything others are projecting. I didn’t realize what a burden it is to be a codependent people pleaser.

It also improves my relationships with others, when I don’t tell them they are responsible for my garbage. I still get triggered, and sometimes I need to talk it out, but I know my issues have nothing to do with others. They belong to me, and I am the only one who can take out my own garbage.

#2 Build and Maintain Our Fences

Building and maintaining fences is a big deal when working with others. We all need to set and maintain healthy boundaries because it provides clarity and safety. 

We get to choose how to build our fences and what they look like. Fences are made of all sorts of materials and are different shapes and sizes. It doesn’t really matter what our fences look like, as long we like them. We might be ignorant of our non-existant or broken fences. So if we feel taken advantage of or walked upon, we need to repair and build up our fences. 

It is also important to stay out of other people’s fenced areas unless invited. We are more likely to be respectful of the boundaries set by others, when we have set healthy boundaries for ourselves. 

Every individual and family is unique in the way they do life. Variety and diversity are beautiful. It feels good when we have the freedom to explore new paths and discover the perplexities of life. People make a lot of mistakes as they learn and grow, but this is part of the process. We learn from our pain and blunders, and we don’t have to save people from their mistakes.

We all do better when we respect each other’s boundaries. Instead of going around telling others how to run their life, it works better when we focus on attending to the business of our life. 

We are responsible for maintaining our fence and taking care of what is inside of our fence. Our first responsibility is to take care of our needs and the needs of our family. Although others may choose to help us, we should not expect anyone else to handle our responsibilities. We also don’t have to feel obligated to take care of other people’s responsibilities . . . unless the Cricket tells us to do so. 

#3 Listen to the Cricket

In the story of Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket represents Pinocchio's conscience. We had a major paradigm shift this last year when John figured out how he can live without sin. He discovered that he simply needs to always follow his conscience. Sometimes we want big revelations from God or for an angel in shining garb to show up in the middle of the night. But when we examine what our conscience is doing for us, we realize that we are all receiving revelation all day long.

Everyone has a conscience and we know when it speaks to us. Sometimes, like Pinocchio, we don’t listen to the Cricket. But if we did, we would  benefit from the constant direction flowing to us day after day. Instead of running after trouble, what would happen if we chose to respond with alacrity to our conscience?  

Our conscience is our personal trainer. It tells us: where to get involved and when to hold back; how we have made a mistake and what we can do to set things right again; what’s the next step in our progression and how we can best help others, etc. 

Learning these three principles has changed my life. As far as I can see, it encompasses everything I need to do to live a happy, peaceful, love filled life.

Friday, March 4, 2022

My Conscience Brings Repentance


For some time now, I have been thinking about my conscience, repentance, God, and myself. Below are some of the questions and thoughts that I have received, though not polished, without much order, and just words that have come to me. At first this was for me … Now I am sharing with my family and whoever wants to participate.

What if repentance is a needed and an important practice for all people, me included?

Does repentance include total submission to God?

What if “to repent” means to fully reconcile my ideas, desires, and actions to my sincere current understanding of what is best?

Could what is best be defined as righteousness?

Could deviation from what is best be called sin?

What if sin (for me) is simply the act of knowingly doing less than my current understanding of what is best?

What if righteousness is the act of actually doing what I currently understand is the best?

What if my allegiance to God is measured by my outward alignment with what I currently believe is right?

On the other hand, what if my loyalty to God is measured by my outward alignment with traditions, rites, rituals, ceremonies, peers, leaders, organized religions, authorities, policies, rules, government, society, mandates, or men who neither know nor follow Jesus Christ? If so, what would my consequences be?

Is a disciple of Jesus Christ known by his vernacular and social status or is a disciple of Christ one who acts, desires, and thinks like Jesus?

Is there a difference? Why or why not?

What if righteousness is the opposite of sin?

What if repentance is the process by which anyone, even I can become righteous?

Does repentance mean making the changes necessary to bring my thoughts, desires, and actions into complete alignment with my sincere, present understanding of what God would do in my place?

When someone is already living in a state where they constantly think, desire, and do what they sincerely understand to be best, is there any sin?

Therefore, is there any need for repentance in this case?

What if sinlessness could be my state of being reconciled to what I presently understand to be best?

Does sinlessness require me to do things that are beyond my capacity? Or does it simply mean that I do not excuse myself when I am capable of not sinning but choose to sin anyway?

Can I ever justifiably use the argument of “no one is perfect” to cover my willful choice to do less than my actual best?

What if the rewards of righteousness are only available to those who are actually righteous and without sin?

What are the rewards to the righteous, who consistently keep His commandments given to them?

What is the meaning of, “And no man receives a fullness unless he keeps his commandments. He that keeps his commandments receives truth and light until he is glorified in truth and knows all things.” (T&C 93:9)

Is that a reward worth seeking? Am I willing to pay the price required?

Would it be wise for me to always obey all of the commandments from God that I currently know?

I have God's promise in scripture that I can obey any commandment that I receive from Him because He shall prepare a way to accomplish it. It doesn't appear to me that I can ever justifiably say to God, “This one is too hard. I can't do it.”

“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, returned from speaking with the Lord, to the tent of my father. And it came to pass that he spake unto me, saying, Behold, I have dreamed a dream in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem. For behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of thy forefathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass. Wherefore, the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brothers should go unto the house of Laban and seek the records and bring them down hither into the wilderness. And now behold, thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them; but behold, I have not required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord. Therefore go, my son, and thou shalt be favored of the Lord because thou hast not murmured. And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father, I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them. And it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceeding glad, for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord.” (1 Nephi 1:10)

“...Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness. And if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind, and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ. And if, by the grace of God, ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again if ye, by the grace of God, are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot. “ (Moroni 10:6)

Could being “perfect in Christ” refer to the concept of complete reconciliation to my present understanding of God in thought and action?

What is the meaning of my conscience is informed by my knowledge?

“Therefore, to him that knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.” (Ep Jacob 1:18)

In my view, what qualifies as sin? In your view, what qualifies as sin?

Is sin different for various people? In other words, could an act committed by one individual be considered a sin, and the very same act committed by another be not a sin?

At any given point in the future, is it possible to know more than I do presently?

Would it be possible to gain an improved and developed understanding of good and evil, based on new or different knowledge than I had before?

Should I expect that my perception of who Jesus was and is will change over time as I learn more about Him and who He really is, His character, and His attributes?

Could this change my conscience along the way?

Could my value of things also change?

What about my considerations of what is good and what is evil? Could that change as well?

If these things are not changing within me, at least in some fashion, would it be reasonable to conclude that either I am not learning more about God and myself or I already know it all?

As I learn more and different commandments from God, does my conscience become altered? Does it expand to broader applications or progress to better accuracy?

When I acquire new instructions from God or learn things that change my previous understanding of His commandments, does my conscience become more accurate and comprehends a greater increment of reality?

Should it surprise me if I were to receive a commandment from God today, of which I was not aware yesterday?

If, today, I become aware of something new, receive additional light and knowledge from God, or obtain truth that I did not know yesterday AND LIVE EXACTLY THE SAME both days, would it be possible to have NOT SINNED yesterday and to have SINNED today due to the fact that my perspective, light, and current understanding of what is best increased?

What rings true to my conscience?

Is my conscience a guidance system that will show me the way towards God, as far as I presently understand him, as often as I am willing to “look” at it?

Is it through my conscience that God shows me what he would do in my place, given my degree of understanding of His character, attributes and person?

Is my path to becoming like God comprised of consistent emulation of how I presently understand Him to be, coupled to a successively more accurate understanding of how He is?

What limits the growth of my conscience, my relationship with God, and my greater understanding of Him? Could it be the degree of my willingness to obey what I already have and my diligence and effort to obtain more?

What is the price to have a clear conscience with peace of mind, contentment, and freedom from guilt?

Is it possible for me to have a clear conscience all the time, at least by repenting and moving forward from here? It is possible for me to be completely and permanently free from guilt and becoming “a just man made perfect”?

Imagine the peace of having a clear conscience.

What happens to my conscience if I choose to disobey and defile it?

What happens to my conscience as I obey and honor it?

Does my conscience incrementally grow? Does every choice I make in accordance with my conscience naturally make the next right choice more plain and unmistakable?

As I do what I know now, does it seem reasonable that I will know more in the future than I know now?

Is it sensible and wise for me to continually obey all the commandments of God given to me, never violating my own conscience day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, and enduring consistently and faithfully until my last breathe?

What are the pros and cons for me when I choose to obey? When I choose disobedience, what are the consequences I experience?

Is this life before death the time for repentance, being true to my conscience, heeding all the commandments of God given to me, reconciling myself with God, and preparing myself to meet Him?

“And now, my brethren, I would that after ye have received so many witnesses, seeing that the holy scriptures testify of these things, come forth and bring fruit unto repentance. Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer. For behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation. And therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you. For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God. Yea, behold, the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end. For after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. Ye cannot say when ye are brought to that awful crisis that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this, for the same spirit you hearken to obey while living in the flesh shall, upon your death, have the same power to influence you to hearken unto that spirit in the next life. For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance, even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the Devil and he doth seal you his. Therefore, the spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you and hath no place in you, and the Devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked. And this I know because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell. Yea, and he has also said that the righteous should sit down in his kingdom to go no more out, but their garments should be made white through the blood of the Lamb.” (Alma 16:37)

If I have not reconciled my life to the commandments that God has provided to me and have violated my conscience, will I be reconciled to God when I die and remain in my sins?

“… But O my people, beware lest there shall arise contentions among you, and ye list to obey the evil spirit which was spoken of by my father, Mosiah. For behold, there is a woe pronounced upon him who listeth to obey that spirit; for if he listeth to obey him, and remaineth and dieth in his sins, the same drinketh damnation to his own soul, for he receiveth for his wages an Everlasting punishment, having transgressed the law of God contrary to his own knowledge...” (Mosiah 1:10)

After a sufficient period of time of sincere knocking, consistent seeking, faithful asking, determined obedience, becoming more like Christ, and having been found true and faithful, would it be natural to have the veil parted, receive Him and His ministry, and be made clean?

Would it be sensible to fully expect myself being made perfect through Christ? Becoming a just man made perfect? At least have perfect intent in this life? A perfect heart? Becoming perfect before God?

“That which is of God is light, and he that receives light and continues in God receives more light, and that light grows brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” (T&C 36:4)

Does God’s sacrifice make it possible for bad people to become good people? For sinners to become saints? For mortals to become more like God?

Is my acceptance or rejection of the sacrifice of Christ and his offering to me regulated by my choices? What choices?

Does it matter if I am true to my conscience or not? How about yeilding to the enticings of the holy spirit? Does being meek, humble, patient, full of love, or submissive to God actually matter?

“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be for ever and ever but if he yields to the enticings of the holy spirit, and putteth off the natural man, and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child: submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” (Mosiah 1:16)

What if God’s sacrifice doesn’t make me free to sin without consequence, but rather it is meant to make me free from sin?

Is just “trying” not to sin, good enough for me? Is it good enough for God? Is that true repentance?

Does God require my obedience even unto death? How about my willingness to submit to everything that He finds necessary to inflict upon me?

Am I expected to obey Him at all inconvenience, pain, and suffering? Even when it is out of my comfort zone, causes trouble and difficulty, and requires a sacrifice and offering? I suppose He knows much better about suffering, sacrifice and inconvenience than do I, and certainly understands the necessity of it all to a much larger and magnified order.

    “Let us here observe that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation. For from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things: it was through this sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life, and it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God. When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice because he seeks to do his will, he does know most assuredly that God does and will accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not nor will not seek his face in vain. Under these circumstances, then, he can obtain the faith necessary for him to lay hold on eternal life.” (Lectures on Faith 6:7)

Would it be helpful for me to have a good attitude about this whole situation of mine?

Friday, April 2, 2021

The Beauty of Mirror Lake

This original fable is found at Picture Books for Children

Redaela is not happy. She thinks her misery is the result of living among so many, ugly, warty frogs. The more she tries to change her fellow frogs, the bigger her problem becomes. One day she decides to visit a beautiful lake at the top of a mountain. As she looks into the lake, she can see herself clearly for the first time in her life. She learns a precious truth that changes her life and everyone else around her. 

Oftentimes we think that we need to change the people around us in order to be happy. People have bad habits and make unwise decisions, and sometimes we think it's up to us to save them or get them to stop for us to have peace. However, what we see around us is really a reflection of what is inside ourselves. Once we change and improve ourselves on the inside, our perspective of the world will change. Then we will be at peace and will better understand how to help those around us.

This is one of many fable books. The lessons we learn from fables can change our lives if we let them. Children enjoy reading stories over and over again, and these fables are sure to give them guidance throughout their lives. These fable books are not just for kids. Parents will see solutions to big problems revealed in simple fables.  

The Beauty of Mirror Lake can be ordered on Amazon.

Monday, February 22, 2021

May the Gates of Hell be Shut Continually

 What is hell?

The Prophet Joseph Smith described the true nature of hell: “A man is his own [tormentor] and his own [condemner]. Hence the saying, They shall go into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. The torment of disappointment in the mind of man is as exquisite as a lake burning with fire and brimstone.” TPJS, 357; WJS, 353.

What can I do to shut the gates of hell? 

Nephi says, “. . . May the gates of hell be shut continually before me because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite . . .” 2 Nephi 3:8

So what does that mean? 

When I read the beginning of verse eight, I see there are things Nephi needs to repent of, so the gates of hell are CONTINUALLY shut before him. 

#1 Why should my heart weep? 

#2 Why should my soul linger in the valley of sorrow? 

#3 Why should my flesh waste away 

#4 Why should my strength slacken 

In other words, why am I having a pity party? Why am I discouraged? Why am I feeling sorry for myself? Because of mine afflictions? Is that a good reason to open the gates of hell? 

And why should I yield to sin because of my flesh? Why should I give way to temptations? What am I tempted to do when life gets hard? 

What exactly is the evil one doing in my heart? Who opened the gate? How is my peace being destroyed?  Why do I want to invite the evil one to afflict my soul? 

Why am I angry because of my enemy? Well Nephi might say, my brothers hate me and are trying to kill me. Is that a good enough reason for Nephi to open the gates of hell?

Why do I even want to even open the gates of hell in the first place? Because it feels so good? I love being depressed? I enjoy feeling sorry for myself? What’s the pay off? Am I justified in getting angry? 

So what’s the alternative to hell? What is the key to shutting the gates of hell? Nephi says . . . a broken heart and contrite spirit. What does it look like to have a broken heart and contrite spirit? Nephi is clear that it is not being depressed, discouraged, and sorrowful.

Why do I need a broken heart and contrite spirit? So I can learn. I am here to learn my lessons and learn them well. I am in school. Nothing happens except it is designed to teach me important and essential lessons that I need to experience peace and joy. It does not matter that most of my teachers are ugly and cruel. Most of the time I will want to fire my teachers because my lessons are painful. 

So What! I can learn with joy or learn with sorrow. I choose joy when I recognize I am blessed everyday with an opportunity to learn. 

I learn through suffering. Why would I want to stop the learning process? Because it hurts?  “. . . though he was a son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him . . .” Heb. 1:12-13

The Lord has given His word with an immutable  [unchanging over time or unable to be changed] covenant that all things work together for my good. Do I believe Him?

  • Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted, yea, rejoice evermore and in everything give thanks, waiting patiently on the Lord, for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth and are recorded with this seal and testament: The Lord has sworn and decreed that they shall be granted. Therefore, he gives this promise unto you with an immutable covenant that they shall be fulfilled, and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good, and to my name’s glory, says the Lord God. T&C 98:1

What is my part? Do I give thanks in all things not just the pleasant things? Do I wait patiently? 

My prayers have become more effective since I stopped asking for this cup to be removed and instead ask, “What can I learn from this experience? Help me learn my lessons well. Show me my error, so I can repent.” School became a little easier when I realized I am here to learn. I am not on a vacation. 

Does having a broken heart and a contrite spirit mean I “become as a child: submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [me], even as a child doth submit to his father.” Mosiah 1:16

It doesn’t matter what pains I bear, what troubles I experience, what challenges I face. I have complete confidence it is good for me, and I trust Father 100% a hundred percent of the time. Everything that happens in life works together for my good and God’s glory. After all, I am God’s work, “For behold, this is My work and My glory: to bring to pass the immortality and the eternal life of man.” Genesis 1:7

Nephi gives us the key to shutting up the gates of hell.Awake my soul! . .  . Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul . . .  Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord and say, O Lord, I will praise thee for ever . . . O Lord, I have trusted in thee and I will trust in thee for ever . . . 

I pray to learn my lessons and learn them well. I pray to be a good student and rejoice in the opportunity I have to learn and grow. I pray to be strict in the plain road. I pray to walk in the path of the low valley and love every minute of it!!!

  • . . . You know, brethren, that a very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm, in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves. Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power, and then may we stand still with the utmost assurance to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed. T&C 139:16