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To your happiness,
When times get tough, remember this reminder from the Apostle Paul.
Dallin Oaks reminds us, “The love of God does not supersede His laws and His commandments, and the effect of God’s laws and commandments does not diminish the purpose and effect of His love….
If a person understands the teachings of Jesus, he or she cannot reasonably conclude that our loving Heavenly Father or His divine Son believes that Their love supersedes Their commandments. Consider these examples.
When Jesus began His ministry, His first message was repentance. (See Matthew 4:17.)
When He exercised loving mercy by not condemning the woman taken in adultery, He nevertheless told her, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).
Jesus taught, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).”
All things are done according to the free choice of individuals. Dallin Oaks also reminds us, “[God] will bless us to endure the consequences of others’ choices, but He will not prevent those choices.”
Also, “If only we will listen, we can know of God’s love and feel it, even when we are disobedient.” He related one woman’s story, who said: “He has always been there for me, even when I rejected Him. He has always guided me and comforted me with His tender mercies all around me, but I [was] too angry to see and accept incidents and feelings as such.”
INspired Action INvitation: May we all obey God’s laws and feel His love rather than becoming “a law unto ourselves” by participating in iniquity, therby TURNing away from the source of our true strength and ultimate happiness.
My life’s experiences with emotional turmoil have led me to study, love and be INlightened by scripture references that have to do with the heart. When we regard our heart symbolically as the center of our emotions, feelings and devotions, we can see teachings about the heart all throughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
Although written over two thousand years ago, I think you’ll see that these words have application, even today. Here are the words of Helaman as he laments because he has seen the goodness of God in his life, and he knows and remembers the goodness of God in the life of his ancestors-through their written records and stories–yet his people have faced much war and pestilence because they continue to turn away from God after they prosper.
1 And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him.
2 Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flocks and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of precious things of every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them; yea, and in fine, doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One—yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.
3 And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him.
4 O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish, and how quick to do iniquity, and how slow to do good, are the children of men; yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one, and to set their hearts upon the vain things of the world!
5 Yea, how quick to be lifted up in pride; yea, how quick to boast, and do all manner of that which is iniquity; and how slow are they to remember the Lord their God, and to give ear unto his counsels, yea, how slow to walk in wisdom’s paths!
6 Behold, they do not desire that the Lord their God, who hath created them, should rule and reign over them; notwithstanding his great goodness and his mercy towards them, they do set at naught his counsels, and they will not that he should be their guide.
Why is it important that we remember God? Among many other reasons, one reason that motivates me is that someday, we can all return to live in His presence.
On earth, we find ourselves forever longing for peace and happiness. We may involve ourselves in temporary pleasures only to return to feelings of emptiness. Our thoughts may wander into paths of self-doubt or hopelessness. We may not realize that feeding our spirit and getting our “homing beacon” for heaven working again is part of the solution to our longing.
Building on the secure foundation of centering our hope in Jesus Christ and following, as best we can, His teachings will position us to return, after death, to our heavenly home. Yet, to live in the very presence of God again, where we can find the feelings of true, unpolluted, joy, love and happiness, we must claim the gift of repentance that Christ offered. It is only by that means that we can allow our heart’s to be purified and worthy to be in God’s presence. It is a TURNing of the heart toward God and an acceptance of Christ’s grace and mercy toward us that allows this to take place. We can receive joy instead of misery. It is a beautiful experience that allows us to feel astounding peace, and it’s not something to criticize.
So today, let us reflect upon any unsteadiness found within our own hearts. Let us be true to our our real selves and to God by TURNing our heart to Him. By doing so, we turn our heart toward our heavenly home, and toward the great hope we have in Jesus Christ, who made possible the WAY for us to repent and eventually find everlasting joy.
In Isaiah’s words:
God helps us when we call upon His name in faith, believing we shall receive. I bear witness to His constant goodness and divine intercession in our behalf.
Consider the deepest desires of your heart. What will you do today to take creative action in order for your desires to be fulfilled? Take decisive action. Celebrate your results.
This is a message from one of my spiritual leaders who once
“took a psychic blow that was as unanticipated as it was real.”
He once spoke some of my favorite words when he said,
“Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed.
While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being
–Jeffrey R Holland
God can help you!
I was reading this morning the words of Alma.
“The Lord God hath power to do all things which are according to His word.”
He counseled people who lived long ago to:
“…be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
And see that ye have faith, hope and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.”
Let us put ourselves right with God.
Let us keep ourselves there.
I love this quote by George Q. Cannon, “We humble people, we who feel ourselves sometimes so worthless, so good-for-nothing, we are not so worthless as we think. There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that he has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that he has not desired to save and that he has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that he has not given his angels charge concerning.
We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are children of God and that he has actually given his angels … charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping.”
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Henry B. Eyring is an amazing man. He has been an example to me of humble faith and devotion to God and family. He spoke at the Vatican Summit where faith leaders discussed marriage. The points he listed at the end of what he said are possible to achieve if two people are committed to walking together in love. With faith in God and a commitment to one’s spouse, generations of children can be benefitted and blessed.
I am also a witness of how a single parent can press forward in faith and still influence children for good. We still need to know how to be faithful IN family settings and, by listening to his words, we can help our children gain insight and understanding, too. If you are one that has carried heartache and heartbreak–even from childhood–his words may help you make sense, clearly, of what was missing or what went wrong.
Let’s change the trend of destructive thoughts, words and actions that we carry into marriage and relationships. Henry B. Eyring suggests how it is possible. I encourage you to listen to his words.
I’ve included the link to the text under the video.