These past few days, I have been thinking a lot about the Amazing Grace we recieve from God through the wonderous gift of the Atonement. I don't have nearly as much time in the world as I would like to have, but I do have a few snippits from my journal that I carry around with me, of which I would like to share :)
Just a few days ago, Sister Landvatter and I got ready for the day while we listened to the talk ''In the Strength of the Lord'' by Elder David A Bednar. The talk is amazing and I recommend it to all of you :)
One of the major points that stood out to me was the truth that Christ not only suffered for our iniquities, but also for our inequalities. All the things in life that are difficult for us, and all the pains and dissapointments we experience, Christ knows perfectly. And He knows exactly how to help us.
As a missionary, I am blessed to see so many miracles happening all around me. But as times get rough and hard with people not interested, even we as missionaries get a little down on ourselves. But no matter what happens, as we turn to the Lord our God, we receive strength and support - and the same goes for you!!
Something I have thought a lot about lately would be that we cannot, and should not, pray that our circumstances and challenges in our lives will just be changed; but instead, we should pray that we can be strengthened and supported to deal with and overcome our circumstances. Because Christ has experienced all that we have gone through and will go through, He knows exactly who we can become in defiance to those challenges and weaknesses. We must allow ourselves to come to Him that is mighty to save, and mighty to change :) Afterall, ''God cares a lot more about who we are, and who we are becoming, than about who we once were,'' as Dale G Renlund taught us in our most recent General Conference. And as Bonnie L Oscarson expressed, ''Heavenly Father has a mission and plan for each of us, but He also has His own timetable.''
Our unique lives have so many different twists and turns, and it can all seem to tangle up in itself; sometimes, we may even feel that we're too tangled to get out of the ruts and valleys, even though we try with all our might to get to the top of the mountain. But as we follow the paths and directions that God has so graciously given us, namely the Prophets and Apostles both ancient and modern, we are led safely and at last back to Him, our Beloved Heavenly Father :) No matter where we are in our path, God's great plan of happiness always leads us back to Him.
A new principle I am trying to live in my life is to Constantly Be Aware of The Spirit. We are blessed to have the Holy Spirit with us at all times when we are living worthily. It is up to us to recognize the Spirit and act on the promptings we recieve.
There are ultimately 2 questions you should as yourself in the most normal and everyday situations:
1 - Can I feel the Spirit right now?
2 - What is He telling me?
When we sit back and have a personal one on one interview with our heart, we are able to change our lives for the better :) After all, it all comes down to becoming. As we yeild to the promptings of the Spirit, we become saints, more able to express Gods love and peace to those around us. We are able to become the people that God needs us to be!!
So as we take off for the Best Day of our Lives, may we all remember to be even more aware of the Holy Spirit of God, for He ''will show unto you all things what ye should do'' (2 Nephi 32:5). :)
Have a great week, and keep your heads up <3 God has a unique plan for each and every one of us, and it is glorious :)
Med kærlig Hilsen,
Søster Morgan Brooke Soelberg