I absolutely love being able to read from my scriptures because it gives me that breath of life every single day. I know I have said that countless times but I just can’t say it enough. If we really humble ourselves enough to hear what our Heavenly Father wants to tell us, we start to find answers in this small and simple things of life such as reading our scriptures. Today as I was reading in The Book of Mormon it just filled my heart with such peace knowing that in times of trial, especially the really hard times when you feel like the world is collapsing in on you and you can’t handle it or you can’t change anything and you just desperately want to reach out and get out and help the situation, those kinds of days are when I really need to read my scriptures. That’s all that I can do. That and pray every minute, but even then praying for me sometimes is the last resort which I know it shouldn’t be, and I am the first person to admit that I could pray so much more often but it’s so easy for me to just think that I can handle everything on my own when in reality I can’t.
I seriously did not think that living a regular life after serving a mission would be all that difficult at times. I always thought everything is going to be hunky-dory after the mission, and in some ways it has been and I’m seeing how the Lord has truly blessed me for being faithful and obedient, but I can also see my shortcomings and my mistakes, Especially the ones that I make the most often and Satan uses that to his advantage to try to drag me down. Some days are just so emotionally rough you really feel like you want to punch a wall or something. Today I had one of those kinds of days, and I was reminded by my Heavenly Father of what the true priorities are in my life.
I was reading again from my book on 100 favorite verses for Missionaries, And today’s verse is found in the Doctrine and Covenants section 41 verse five which reads,
“He that receiveth my law and doeth it, the same is my disciple; and he that says he receiveth it and doeth it not, the same is not my disciple.”
I thought this scripture was profound in what I was thinking about earlier in regards to Heavenly Father’s plan and purpose for me even and the hard times. The book continues on to say that,
“The Savior your invites all of God’s children to follow him and lay down our lives for His cause, meaning that we are willing to lay down old ways of life to abandon less than pleasing habits that have taken up comfortable residences within us. […] sacrifices of obedience require inner changes that enable us to perform the outward gestures of discipleship: returning good for evil, being honest and our ties and offerings, loving one another, serving one another in simple acts of kindness.”
I think that’s something that I am going to try to do today is loving one another and serving one another in simple ways, because that’s what Christ invites us to do especially to find ourselves. There’s that scripture that talks about where we lose ourselves in the service of others that we’ll actually find ourselves. I love what was shared by D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles when he said that when we lose ourselves in the service of others there is so much more of us to find.
That’s my invitation to you today is if you are just having a rough day and you feel like you’re the only one facing your challenges and your problems, take a minute and step outside of the world and look for someone who could use a friend or some kind words or perhaps a kind gesture of friendship. The Lord works by small and simple means and it’s up to us to decide if we are going to be a part of that to hasten His work during these last days. I hope and pray that we can find somebody today that we can perform some service for and brighten their lives.