Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beaten



I have felt a lot like this guy lately. Many different aspects of my life seem to be beating me up.  But typically when I have to endure a hardship, I try to think of how going through this particular trial can help me grow as a person and help others who may be suffering as well. I try to speak openly with ya'll on here because I know there are those of us who are enduring daily. These recent trials are ones too close to my heart and I am not to a point yet where I feel comfortable sharing. Although, I can share this message that helped me this morning.

 This quote was from a talk given by Dieter F. Uchtdorf during October General Conference.

"My dear brothers and sisters, it may be true that man is nothing in comparison to the greatness of the universe.

At times we may even feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him!

If you ever doubt that, consider these four divine principles:

First, God loves the humble and meek, for they are “greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Second, the Lord entrusts “the fulness of [His] gospel [to] be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world.” He has chosen “the weak things of the world [to] come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones” and to put to shame “the things which are mighty.”

Third, no matter where you live, no matter how humble your circumstances, how meager your employment, how limited your abilities, how ordinary your appearance, or how little your calling in the Church may appear to you, you are not invisible to your Heavenly Father. He loves you. He knows your humble heart and your acts of love and kindness. Together, they form a lasting testimony of your fidelity and faith.
Fourth and finally, please understand that what you see and experience now is not what forever will be. You will not feel loneliness, sorrow, pain, or discouragement forever. We have the faithful promise of God that He will neither forget nor forsake those who incline their hearts to Him. Have hope and faith in that promise. Learn to love your Heavenly Father and become His disciple in word and in deed.

Be assured that if you but hold on, believe in Him, and remain faithful in keeping the commandments, one day you will experience for yourselves the promises revealed to the Apostle Paul: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

After reading this talk I felt so uplifted and hopeful. Richard and I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I hope ya'll have a wonderful time with friends and family while celebrating this past year's successes!

D&C 121:6 "peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;"

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