This has always been one of my favorite songs, but my favorite part of this video is the testimonies of the youth who were involved! When I was their age, I would have been way too worried about what people think to do something like this. But, in the words of my mission president, Jack R. Christianson, “I’d rather be a happy nerd than an unhappy cool dude!”
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I hope that in sharing this, I might be able to uplift someone who’s walking where I’ve walked. Please take what you can from it, and share it with those you know who need it most.
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Minutes are precious and good thoughts rare, so to ensure that neither time nor insights are wasted, Sister Willis has agreed to combine her inspirations with my own thoughts for a couple of months! She is my new companion – almost fresh from the British Isles. You’ll get to know her better in the coming weeks, but for today, by way of introduction, she has contributed the following…
Of all the great questions of life presented by the greatest of philosophical minds, I consider just one to have the potential to be a fruitless and idle question except when it is considered with guided application and the willingness to act upon the thought that generated it; what if? With the Christmas season so close to its end and having made a poorly effort of inviting the spirit of Christmas into my life during my missionary service, I dared to pause for a moment and wonder what had made Christmas so significant in previous years in comparison to this one. Family, food, the giving of gifts – none such activities are inherently adverse to productive time, but…what if I had no living family? What if there was no food for the table? What if no one cared for the gifts we gave? What if the commercial attachments and surrounding activities that have become associated with this festive season were removed? Does Christmas become void? Perhaps on the part of many, it does; where faith is lacking, so are expectations; without expectations there can be no motivation; without the birth of the blessed Christ child, we have nothing but empty traditions that were made manifest by time and man and that alone. So, what if Christ was born? What if He is the Son of God? What if there was more substance to life than what the eyes could see, the hands could touch and the ears could hear? Would it be important?
Alma 32:27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than adesire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
Perhaps, it would be worth evaluating the sincerest desires of our hearts? Consider the simplicity of the most common of those desires…happiness. Generally, we spend the majority of our lives in pursuit of those things that will secure our happiness; we add plans, theories and complications, but what if it was as simple as having faith that happiness does not require materials, but the simple knowledge that there is a God who loves us and sent His own son to atone for us, thus making eternal happiness an option instead of an impossibility? Act upon the desire to be happy – especially at such a joyous time of year. It is without complication.
John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, anot because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
Although this multitude of people had witnessed a major miracle, they didn’t recognize the divinity of it. They were just happy that He fed them. So they enjoyed the physical blessing that He offered, but completely missed the spiritual blessing, which was far greater. So He taught them:
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the abread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never bthirst. 36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and abelieveth on him, may have beverlasting life: and I will raise him up cat the last day.
48 I am that bread of life.
So many people these days say that they would believe in God if He would just give them a sign. But so many people were able to witness miracles, and they still missed the point.
I was thinking about this, and I realized that it’s because the only way we can come to know our Savior is FAITH in Him. We can see Him, we can logically believe that He lived and that He taught what He did, and we can even share His teachings as a nice way to live life. However, the only way to truly come to Him is to BELIEVE that He is the Son of God, BELIEVE that His sacrifice works for us, and BELIEVE that we can be saved by partaking of the Bread of Life.