Sunday, September 1, 2013

Today was a nice Sabbath Day. This morning I got up around 11 and then read scriptures for a while. I eventually got ready for Church and we went.

I enjoyed the testimony meeting today. After sacrament meeting we had good SS and YW lessons. I especially liked the YW lesson on being “in the world but not of the world”. We talked about examples from the scriptures.

After Church we came home and Mom got dinner ready quickly. We had baked potatoes, ham and cream corn to break our fast.

After dinner I helped Aly pick out clothes for the week and put them in the organizer I helped her make. I also spent this evening outside talking to Paul, having an interview with Mom, working on the Come Thou Fount arrangement, and watching Mormon videos.

Here are a few blessings or ways that I have seen the Lord’s hand in my life:

1: Today during my interview with Mom, she said that at 4 AM she woke up and was thinking about a specific spot in the bookkeeping. She couldn’t get back to sleep so she got up and checked it out. She was able to find about $500 worth of mistakes. This was a huge breakthrough because she has been going over these books for hours and hours over the past few weeks and our family life hasn’t been the same. She said she felt inspired to find it. I told her that last night as I was praying for things that I was fasting about I had prayed that she and Dad would be able to get Dad’s new business rolling, and that both of them would have less stress and that Mom specifically could be done with all of her countless hours in the den each week. We realized it had been an immediate answer to my prayer. I truly do know that Heavenly Father is mindful of his children.

2: I enjoyed having time to just talk with Mom tonight.

3: I really liked the YW lesson today and felt like I gained something from reading it.

4: The rain we have had has been very nice and beautiful, and despite the fact that rain comes from storms, I feel a peaceful, relaxed feeling watching, feeling and hearing it.

5: I was able to spend a lot of time reading in the scriptures this morning. I love reading in Ether 12 where it talks about how if we come unto Christ he will show unto us our weakness, and if we humble ourselves before him he will make weak things become strong unto us. I think it is so awesome how this works. I like that Moroni talks about what he feels his weakness was: writing. To me, he did not have weakness, but it truly was a burden to him to feel this way. As he went to the Lord with his problems he was strengthened and comforted and realized that because he was being obedient by writing what he did, the meek would not mock his words. I am so grateful for Moroni and that he learned a valuable lesson that has also influenced me and so many others.

I feel inspired to bear my testimony of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer, and His Gospel:

I’m grateful for my family, my friends, and all the good influences around me. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ, his infinite atonement, and His gospel which helps me so much. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints IS the true Church of Jesus Christ restored upon the earth. I know that Jesus Christ directs it through our living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. I know that the Priesthood is real. I am grateful for righteous, worthy Priesthood holders who guide and direct the Church. I am grateful that my dad worthily holds the Melchezidek Priesthood and that he presides over and guides our family. I am grateful that my mom is also a very righteous example. She is very diligent in everything that she does. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who loves me and supports me in everything I do. I know that He sustains us through our hard times, along with His Son Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the Holy Ghost. I have realized that the Holy Ghost most frequently speaks to me very quietly, through thoughts that I almost don’t recognize. I know that the more I act on these promptings, the more I receive. I am grateful that the Holy Ghost comforts us, teaches us, testifies to us, and helps us to truly know that this Gospel is true. I am grateful for righteous young women leaders who teach me Gospel truths. I am grateful for the legacy of all my family, that I have so many great examples to look up to. I am grateful that I have a good group of friends who love the Lord and choose to serve Him. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon and the teachings contained therein. I know that it truly testifies of Jesus Christ. I know that it is indeed the most correct book on earth. I am grateful that Joseph Smith translated it and I know that he did so by the power of God. I am so privileged to have the restored gospel in my life.  I am grateful for temple ordinances that make it possible to be with my family forever. I know that I truly can be with my family forever because of Heavenly Father’s plan, of which I am very grateful for. I know that prayers, said with faith, are answered and I am grateful for this. I am grateful for Heavenly Father’s great Plan of Salvation, which motivates me to be the best person that I can be because I have hope of one day returning to live with my Heavenly Father.  I know that the Gospel is true and of this I am so grateful.

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