I LOVE the youth theme and song for 2020. I have posted it here and I hope that you will take a few minutes to start your day off knowing that the Lord is with you to lead and guide you if you choose Him first!
That theme comes from the Book of Mormon scripture:
And it came to pass that I Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them. (1Nephi 3:7)
There are many tasks that the Lord has given us that are hard and standing for what you believe in is not easy in the world that we live in daily. We are constantly bombarded with negative messages and media that can dull our spirit and lead us on a path that draws us further and further away from the light of Christ.
Positivity and faith in God have always been characteristics that I value. I find that as I move closer and closer to the light of Christ the more the world seems to melt away.
Yes life is hard and we encounter decisions that are really tough every single day. But we can depend on our Savior to hold us up when we can no longer stand. We can fall to our knees and plead with Him to help us find the way.
We are instructed over and over again in the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, that if we keep his commandments he will prosper us. I think that statement can mean so many different things to different people and various situations. To me it has come to have many meanings. Not only have I seen the monetary benefits of living and keeping the commandments, I have seen so many physical and emotional benefits. He literally heals me every day as I listen to and follow His way.
It’s never easy and sometimes it seems impossible. But the Lord keeps his promises. He WILL NOT fail us.
I remember one specific time when my husband and I were going through a pretty rough trial. It felt at times that we were trudging through the mud, sometimes stuck in the muck unable to get traction. One day when it seemed impossible that we would ever get through it all, I had a distinct impression come over me. I felt in my minds eye the spirit whisper to me, “keep going, there is a light at the end of this tunnel”, and for a moment I felt so much relief. And then, I heard the quiet whisper again “But……” (uh oh, I thought now what?). And then ever so quietly I heard the words ” but you are not there yet.” And I remember weeping at the thought that we had to continue on this hard path for who knew how much longer? But I’d been given that small moment of relief to know that we were getting there. Slowly. By our obedience and faith and our positive outlook, we were getting there. I had hope again.
Standing for what we believe and know is right, is never easy. But it will be so worth it. The Lord WILL provide a way for us to do what he has asked us to do. And even though it seems like all hope is lost at times. He will not forsake us (I will never leave thee or forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5). HE WILL provide a way. For that we can be sure.
Please know that you are never alone.