Thursday, March 13, 2014

We are not Alone.

For the past several months I have really come to understand a principle that has changed my entire view on life. We are not alone!
There are many times in our lives where we think that we can just "gut it out." Where we think that we can just keep doing things our own way and grit our teeth until we make it out of a trial or make it to our destination. I know many times in my life I felt that I could do it on my own. I thought it would be less painful to do things my way. Because I realized that if I decided I would have to rely on the Lord, then I would have to accept my weakness, I would have to acknowledge my helplessness and admit that I couldn't do things the way I planned. 
The funny thing about all this is relying on the Lord is the easiest way in the long run. When we push the Lord away and try to rely on our own strength or the strength of men then we are always overwhelmed and beaten down. As I have tried to let go of my own pride and my own desires I have felt my burden be made light. Christ is the way we can make it through. Because of what he did, we will be able to make it back to God. We all want to do things our own way, but I promise that turning our lives over to God and letting go of our selfish wants and desires will ultimately bring us that happiness and relief we are all searching for. 
Elder Holland said, "Because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said: “I will not leave you comfortless: [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].”
Matt. 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
This truly is a scripture that shows Christ's character. He is here to help relieve us of the pains and struggles of this life. He is constantly there waiting. "Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you." His arms are always extended towards us. Also later on in Alma 5 it talks about how the good shepherd is calling after us. Christ is always there waiting, but we need to be the ones to walk towards him and make that effort to change. We need to put forth the effort to show Him that we truly want peace and joy in this life.
"May we declare ourselves to be more fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in word only and not only in the flush of comfortable times but in deed and in courage and in faith, including when the path is lonely and when our cross is difficult to bear. This Easter week and always, may we stand by Jesus Christ 'at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death,' for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone." - Jeffrey R. Holland
I love you all. Jesus Christ truly has saved us all. I have seen His atonement work in the lives of many people here in South Africa and have been saved and changed by His atonement in my own life. Faith in Him will bring us the peace we are looking for. Faith in Jesus Christ can make the hardest as well as the easiest of times in life can be a blessing. We never need to feel alone when we are in the service of Christ, because we never are. The Savior has promised angels on our left and on our right to bear us up. His love is unfailing, He has and will always stand by us and will never forsake us. I know that this is true because I have felt of His love. 
Christ walked his path completely alone, so that we do not have to. Why waste such a beautiful gift? Why not stand by Him just as He stood by us? His atonement is here, he has prepared the way and he is waiting. Realize true joy, and turn to Him.

Alma 5.
"None Were with Him." Jeffrey R. Holland
"Mountains to Climb." Henry B. Eyring

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