Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Obviously we did not crash and I arrived at the orphanage safe and sound. I walked into the cafeteria and this little girl, around five years old, ran up to me, gave me a hug, and said "you're my friend" and that was it! I was hooked. I was suddenly filled with the most powerful feeling I have ever experienced. I loved that little girl so much! And even more amazing, I loved all the children in that orphanage and the children at all the other orphanages I was going to serve at. I loved them more than I ever remember loving someone.
"But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love."
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all."
Charity gave me power to help those children and without it, I was nothing. Ever since that experience I always want to testify of charity. I understand it now. It's made me who I am and it's given me power. That feeling is one of the greatest blessings that I have ever received from the Lord. And "for as long as I shall live, I will testify of love!"
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
"(The principal reason the Church was organized is) to make life sweet today, to give contentment to the heart today, to bring salvation today... Some of us look forward to a time in the future - salvation and exaltation in the world to come-but today is part of eternity".
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
This past Sunday one of my new friends came to church. It was her second time at church. She told us that the previous week at church she had felt something new, something she had never felt before. At first the feeling frightened her, but then she realized everything just felt right. As I think about my life and the different answers to prayers I have received I realize that this simple feeling of "rightness" is how my answers usually come.
Deciding to serve a mission was a bit of a process for me. To be honest, it's not something I ever wanted to do. It was never in my plans. Then, about three years ago, I had the smallest thought. "Maybe, just maybe, I should go on a mission." That thought didn't leave me for an entire week. I believed that God was telling me to serve a mission. So, even though I didn't really want to, I began the process of coming on a mission. I finished all the doctor appointments and paper work. But it never felt right. I felt like I was forcing it. I ended up putting it on hold, on the back burner. I finished earning my degree and had all sorts of plans for what was next, plans that didn't include a mission. Then I had the smallest thought; "maybe I should go on a mission now." Again, this thought stayed with me for about a week. This time, I was scared. I had already been through the process of trying to come on a mission, and it didn't work. What if that happened again? I wasn't really certain what to do, but I decided to try one more time. This time it was different. I didn't feel like I was pushing it as much as I had the first time, but I still wasn't completely sure if this was truly what God wanted me to do.
One of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon is from a prophet named Nephi. He says: "the Lord God...speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding" (2 Nephi 31:3). I love that God doesn't want us to be confused. He speaks to us in a way that we will understand. He knows me so well, that He knew just how to tell me that I was in the right spot. And He knows you too.
I don't know why I had to struggle for so long not knowing. Maybe God wanted me to act on my faith without absolutely knowing. But I do know that God answered my prayer. I know that He has always answered my prayers, and I know that He always will.