Claim Your Blessings

17 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you; 18 And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours. 19 And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more. -D&C 78: 17-19

I love this scripture. I believe in a God who loves all his children with all his heart. Bad things happen. It’s a part of life, it’s a part of how we learn and grow and conquer and to be honest every hard thing I’ve gone through in the past I now consider a blessing for what it taught me. Even though Heavenly Father allows us to go through hard things I’m a firm believer that more than anything he wants to downpour blessings and joy and happiness upon each and every one of us. I don’t think he ever wants to withhold a blessing or opportunity. I believe it’s our choice whether or not we listen and follow because he’s trying to show us the way and he’s trying to give us absolutely everything.

"Spiritual" Things

A few Sunday’s ago the Stake President made a comment and I really loved what He had to say.

He said: “Sometimes He thinks in the church we spend too much time learning about “Spiritual” things. But in reality ALL THINGS ARE SPIRITUAL. Because God created everything! And we should spend more time learning about all areas of His creations. Whether this be through math, science or other areas that we sometimes neglect as being “Spiritual.” Because when we strive to understand His creations we also strive to better understand God.

“Yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.” - Alma 30:44

Weakness vs Pride

In our Sunday Gospel Discussion class someone made the comment about Weakness vs Pride and I love how they described this:

“I think when we have weaknesses we are able to acknowledge them and God is able to help us.” Pride on the other-hand is essentially saying  “Our ways are greater than God’s ways.” And if we shut Him out of our lives, there is not as much that He can do to help us. Though He will always be there waiting. The scriptures often refer to Pride as being the downfall of men, women and even civilizations. Putting down our pride is essentially opening ours ears and being humble enough to recognize we might not always be right. Once our ears are open I believe that is when the transformation and miracles occur. He can’t help us if we aren’t willing to listen.