Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Beginings

Being the Stake Young Women's we have the privilege of going to the different wards as they hold their New Beginnings. They have been great. Last Night we attended the Park Glen 2nd Ward. They did a great job. They had the girls read a brief statement about the values. One of the statements was given by Boyd K Packer.

Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge, there is that “leap of faith,” as the philosophers call it. It is the moment when you have gone to the edge of the light and stepped into the darkness to discover that the way is lighted ahead for just a footstep or two. “The spirit of man,” is as the scripture says, indeed “is the candle of the Lord.” (Prov. 20:27.)

What makes some of us ready to take that leap of faith? Why does it make sense to some and others struggle with it? Faith as we are told in the scriptures Hebrew 11:1 Faith is to hope for things not seen but are true.

Miracles do not produce faith but strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ; in other words, faith comes by righteousness, although miracles often confirm one’s faith.

As these young women are given short thoughts to read, are they learning what they are reading? DO they understand that these young women leaders are there for them. They love them or do they just read it and hope to get through it before they are asked to do something else. Do they understand their own potential? Do we? Who are we? You can ask ourselves those very basic questions, but can and do we answer then honestly, or do we really not know.

Rachel posted one time on her blog

"Why can't we see the future?

Why can't we "know" things are going to work out when they are rough?

I just want to know the outcome of my choices, and which one is really the "better" one to make. I want to see each path and how they are going to affect the whole package before I make them.

So I have thought about this statement from Elder Boyd K Packer. Its that "Leap of Faith"
Do we trust Heavenly Father enough to know that he really knows us? Do we do our part? Or what is our part? I don't have all the answers but I do know that we must make that Leap of Faith. We must put forth all our effort and even when it gets tough and believe me it will get tough. We have to remain faithful. We are in the mist of a great battle, there are lots of little ones to (haylee lovely fits) but the biggest battle is Satan is trying to destroy us. He doesn't want us to return to Heaven. It gives him great joy to see him destroy a family, a parent and child. If he gets to us then we can affect generations. Its scary to think about it.
One family goes inactive when their children are young, think about the eternal consequences, so they don't teach their child about the gospel, that child grows up and has 3 children and they are never taught the gospel, we have just lost 2 generations, and how many more.
Do we bargain with the Lord....I will do this if you do this..Or I will do this when this happens for me. Why can't we see the Lords hand in our lives and be willing to follow all the commandments, not just when it is convenient but all the time. As long as we follow that Lords commandments we should not have any fear. We should do as the prophets asks us. Sometimes it may be hard, but we know where we want to be at the end. We can know that things will work out even when its tough. We have the gospel, the promises are there for us. We have to make sure to know what to look for, and keep on that path to exaltation. Helaman 5:12 is my favorite scripture.

Hel. 5: 12

12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.


Cee Cee said...

Thanks:) That was uplifting and something to think about today! Love ya!

Rach said...

Wow, that's quite the post! You've given me lots of things to think about.

I have a good life said...

Those are such great thoughts and exactly what I needed to hear today! Thanks for sharing! :)