Saturday, June 18, 2011

How do YOU Walk on Water?

So the idea for this post all started as I thought about one of my favorite stories in the new testament; Jesus Christ walking out on water to meet his disciples. He of course, performed such a miracle through his faith. As he approached his disciples he told them, "be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

Peter, like so many of us, answered by saying, "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee..." Upon hearing the master bidding him to "Come," he proceeded to walk on water. The winds blow and Peter's faith begins to decline and with it, so does he. He then cries out to the Lord saying: " 'Save me.' And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him..."

Despite Peter's loss of faith I can not help but admire his efforts. He was willing to push forward with faith in Jesus Christ; to accomplish something that he had never before, set out to do. Each of us have similar experiences in our lives; where we are trying to walk on water through tumultuous times.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Music of the Soul

Few songs have touched me as deeply as this song: "Death shall not Destroy my Comfort."

Ever since I was a child I can remember hearing it performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and being overwhelmed with a love for my savior.

I felt that he knew who I was and that I meant something to him. He was aware of me personally. Like a red tulip against the backdrop of a hundred white lilies; I was noticed and I would be taken care of just the same as the other flowers.

I know that we are each children of our Father in Heaven who cares very deeply about each of us. He showed that love by sending his only Begotten Son to earth who would suffer on our behalf out that same love for us; his brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Ultimate Battery

"It keeps going, and going, and going!" 

This is the energizer bunny slogan. No matter what energizer bunny commercial you watch on television you will find that despite the conflicts, obstacles, or adventures- "it keeps going, and going, and going."

Just as the energizer battery continues to keep the bunny going, we must let our faith in Jesus Christ (The Ultimate Battery) propel us forward through the difficult times in our lives. 

I love the words of a modern prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson, who said simply enough: "My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith;" and so it is.

I know that despite the natural disasters, political concerns, and everyday trials in life; we can be assured that through our faith in Jesus Christ- we will be okay. In my personal life I have seen my family and myself endure difficult things and it has always been through our faith in the Savior that we have had enough energy to just "[keep] going, and going, and going." 

Those who exercise faith in Jesus Christ by keeping his commandments and enduring to the end- like the energizer bunny- will receive "the greatest gift of God..." (D&C 14:7)

Eternal life.