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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Lately, as I’ve observed many people of various gifts and talents, I’ve found myself wishing I, too, could have some of their attributes. In these moments, if I’m listening in my heart, the still small voice whispers, “But I didn’t make you that way”. As I’ve thought about this, I’ve decided to trust my Heavenly Father on it. He knew exactly what He was doing when He made me, with a specific purpose in mind. With that perspective, not only do I feel better about myself, but it’s so much easier to commend others for their strengths. As my eyes are opened, I can see the harmony that Heavenly Father has created with a tapestry of rich, various designs for each of His children.
I’ve been especially enlightened as a missionary, because we’re often assigned a companion with whom we might never have otherwise been willing to work. Yesterday, our mission president’s wife, Sister Christianson, said that, “transfers are right, but Heavenly Father expects US to make them work!”. Once I learned to trust that President Christianson made our assignments by inspiration, I became very motivated to find out what Heavenly Father wanted me to learn with each companion. Even when it was difficult, in each companionship that I’ve had, we’ve stuck it out until we learned to work together. In doing so, I’ve discovered strengths that I never knew I posessed- Simply because I had never been around someone who illuminated that side of me! Heavenly Father created each of us differently so that our strengths could cooperate in accomplishing His plan.
“Through… teachings… which are found recorded in the sacred scriptures, the Savior left all mankind sufficient teachings for each one to understand himself, and to find his own true identity. It comes only through knowledge of and obedience to the commandments. Once it does come, the thoughts, “I’m not worth anything—I’m just a nobody,” will have no place in our lives… “Scripture reading enables [man] to see life, not alone from the human point of view, but in some degree from God’s”
“In the scriptures man finds that he belongs to a whole, of which God is a part. Belonging to such a whole gives him a sense of the value of his own soul, but seen in relation to God reveals his dependence and hence his subordination. … Thus, a devout use of the scriptures nourishes the spiritual life with a calm that displaces the doubts and anxieties which paralyze mankind.” (Finding One’s Identity)
Heavenly Father doesn’t expect us to stumble along, blindly running into one gift here and maybe a talent there. He gave us the tools to get to know Him, and in turn to get to know ourselves- the way He knows us.
According to competent advice and in correlation with gathered experience, the hierarchy of law in regards to creative writing cannot always be associated with the general laws of logic and common sense- unless they are applied with acquired skill plus natural talent.
Critical thinking brands the majority of mankind as lacking in either or both.
Putting pen to paper with minimal process of thought and involvement often yields the more satisfying product of unlimited, boundless creation– free of grammatical restrictions, free of paranoia, bred by the prospect of readership and judgment, free of self made obstacles that measure intelligence and individuality through style and vocabulary. Once the draft is complete, these other laws- that are available and acquirable by most of mankind- can be applied to the refining and improving of the work once the foundation of the masterpiece is laid.
Such is the same in allowing the Spirit to guide us in the various walks of life we each take. In being open and unhindered by the restrictions of mankind, the more magnificent part of ourselves is available for our Heavenly Father to direct and mold into flourishing characters in thrilling plots that we are then able to refine and improve by following the laws and principles that He has made and that we are all able to acquire and apply… Heavenly Father is our limitless Creator and He created something truly magnificent, for He created you and me.
“Watch Me!” We’re thinking of syndicating.
Many of you know that as missionaries, one of our guidelines is to get up by 6:30 every morning. 6:30 really isn’t that early, especially considering we go to bed by 10:30. Over the past nine months of my mission, it really hasn’t been very difficult for me. Over the past few weeks, however, I’ve noticed an increasing number of mornings when I didn’t jump out of bed quite as enthusiastically as I used to!
So on Sunday, I was trying to think of ways I could improve, and I promised Heavenly Father that I would never, ever be in bed past 6:30 for the rest of my mission! And of course, I’ve never, ever had such a hard time getting out of bed as I have this week. Just for the record, “hard to get out of bed” for me rarely entails more than 15 or 20 minutes, but it’s the principle of the matter. It’s uncanny how, as soon as you commit to do better, Satan goes for it with at least as much fervor as you do!
“Of a prominent early investigator of the restored Church, who covenanted that he would obey any command that the Lord would give him, it was said, “And he received the word with gladness, but straightway Satan tempted him; … and the cares of the world caused him to reject the word” (D&C 40:2). “( Donald L. Hallstrom , Do It Now)
It’s so important that we don’t give up, that we don’t give in to Satan’s temptations as we work to improve ourselves. With Heavenly Father on our side, we will always be able to beat Satan, and in the meantime we’ll grow a lot. I promise not to give up on my quest for early morning perk!
D&C 58:26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is acompelled in all things, the same is a bslothfuland not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward. 27 Verily I say, men should be aanxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness.
Why do we celebrate our birthday every year?
The more I learn about the Plan of Happiness that Heavenly Father has for us, the more deeply I understand that the opportunity we have to come to Earth really IS a reason to celebrate! The day I was born, I embarked on a journey that has allowed me to learn and grow and work daily toward returning to my heavenly home.
“Our Heavenly Father has been preparing us since we were taught at His knee in His kingdom before we were born. He is preparing us [today]. And He will continue to prepare us as long as we will let Him.
The purpose of all… preparation, in the premortal life and in this life, is to fit us, and those we serve for Him, for eternal life. Some of the first lessons in the premortal life surely included the plan of salvation, with Jesus Christ and His Atonement at its center. We were not only taught the plan but were in councils where we chose it.
Because a veil of forgetfulness was placed over our minds at birth, we have had to find a way to relearn in this life what we once knew and defended. Part of our preparation in this life has been to find that precious truth so that we can then recommit to it by covenant.” –President Henry B. Eyring
So when we celebrate the day of our birth, we can appreciate how much progress we’ve made in the previous year, and evaluate how effectively we’re fulfilling the purpose of our preparation. We can feel gratitude for all of the blessings Heavenly Father has given us, and reflect on the greatest gift we’ve ever been given- The Atonement, which was literally given to us on our very first birthday as we were separated from everything we knew. The promise that if we do all we can, that we will be redeemed. A Happy Birthday, indeed!
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46)
When we find the kingdom of heaven, and finally comprehend it’s worth, we’ll give up everything in order to get it. Notice that there isn’t a specific price- each man simply gave ALL. So anyone could have enough to afford this treasure, as long as he was willing to give everything else he had ever acquired.
For me, it’s pretty easy to give up physical possessions; what’s harder is giving up my character flaws and habits and desires. For some, it might be prior knowledge or pride. Our loved ones might be the hardest thing to let go of… Those who are dear to us who haven’t recognized the how truly priceless the kingdom of heaven really is.
Whatever it is, once we find the desire within us to seek our Savior, we have to
really fight for it. I honestly wish it WAS as easy as selling all of my physical possessions! I’ve been desperately begging Heavenly Father to take my heartand change it into what He wants it to be since the beginning of my mission. I’ve gotten similar answers all along as I’ve prayed for guidance… Pretty much to be patient and keep doing what He’s asked me to. If you know me, you know patience is NOT my strongest virtue.
I’m more inclined to ask for a solution, and expect it to be something I can execute and immediately see the results. I’ve never in my life anguished like I have been as I’ve asked Heavenly Father to stretch me. I think I’m finally starting to see my heart change. I know I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m grateful that Heavenly Father has given me a glimpse of the progress so that I know I’m not wrestling in vain!
I’m still working on giving all, letting go of every last thing that could keep me from Him, but trust me… I’ve given enough so far to know that it really doesn’t work to give Him some or even most… We must give all that we have.