Feeling Christ’s Atonement & Becoming Whole

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This week I have felt such a stronger gratitude and admiration for Christ. I don’t feel like there is ever one point where you feel the love of Christ the strongest. I believe that in life you always have those spiritual highs and also those darker times where you feel all hope is lost. I can’t say I’m at a spiritual high or low at this moment, however. I am just realizing many things at this point in my life that I need to improve, as well as many things I’m extremely grateful for.

On Sunday, I heard some really great speakers testify of Christ and faith. Later in my studies this week I found that Faith was a repeated theme I stumbled upon. I have just felt an increased love and gratitude for Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us. I have felt his love and mercy on me these past few days as well.

I cannot express the magnitude of His sacrifice! Because of His selfless and atoning sacrifice, we can be made whole! With faith on him, and repentance or change in our thoughts and actions, we can have the ability to return to God’s presence after this life! Because of His sacrifice, we no longer have to suffer from the consequences of our mistakes! We don’t have to wallow in self-pity when we do something against the morals of God’s commandments. We can repent! What a blessing that is!

“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.” – D&C 58:42

We have a LOVING Father in Heaven! He WANTS us to return to His presence! He will not condemn us for past sins or mistakes if we have sincerely pleaded for forgiveness and changed our hearts!! If we are willing to change and strive to do His will, He will support us in that decision and accept us in His loving arms!

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Also in D&C 58, we are told,

“Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;

“For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.” (verses 27,28)

WE CHOOSE OUR HAPPINESS! To look unto Christ is life eternal!! They way is prepared if we just LOOK!

“And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to BELIEVE in Christ, and deny him not, and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out.” -2 Nephi 25:29

When we come to learn more of our Savior through reading and listening and praying… we will feel His love and the Holy Ghost FILL OUR SOULS! You will literally feel full of his love. No more emptiness. No more fear. No more dread. When you come to know Him and truly trust in Him, you will feel that emptiness leave you and you will understand your purpose in life better, i promise you.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” -James 4:10

I don’t know if this all made sense…I was kind of just saying everything that came to my mind…but I want you all to know that Jesus Christ lives! He can absolutely change our lives. It doesn’t matter who we are, who we’ve been what we’ve done, where we’re from, or how we’ve treated others…we can leave it all in the past and receive that change of heart and renewal of our soul through JESUS CHRIST and Him only!

Of this i testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Have a great week and don’t let the worries of life bring you down. YOU matter! And God is waiting for you to come to Him. 🙂quote-uchtdorf-1174063-gallery

One is Enough

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Happy Independence Day to all of you Americans out there! 😀

Alright. I believe that everyone has ups and downs in life always. This month has been an incredible rollercoaster, and I can’t say I enjoyed it at the time, buuut i’m grateful for it now because I’ve learned a lot.

I wanted to share a few thoughts today that have been coming to mind a lot this past month.

With all of the controversy that’s been going on lately, I want everyone to remember that the most important thing we can remember right now is to live by “the golden rule”! “The Golden Rule” is a standard to treat others as you would want them to treat you! We all come from different backgrounds, and many times have completely different opinions and perspectives. We must remember to stand for what we believe is right and true, but also to respect others’ decisions to stand for what they love and feel to be true.

Now, let us remember that standing for what we believe to be right and true doesn’t necessarily mean posting an obnoxious paragraph on Facebook of what you believe and condoning those who don’t agree. It doesn’t mean going out of your way to comment on others’ statuses or pictures to reprimand them for thinking differently, either. Nor does it entail disassociating yourself with people because they think differently than you!

We can live up to the standards we have set ourselves in our lives without condoning those around us who live differently. We can also stand up for what we believe without hurting or angering others. I believe it’s alright to stand up for what you believe when someone is targeting you and your beliefs. That is acceptable and we have the right to do so. However, starting up conversations about touchy subjects just to argue or make someone feel of less value is unacceptable and intolerable.

God loves us all. Love DOES win in the end, if we are living as He has asked us to. As we love each other more despite our differences, we will see improvements and increased strength within our families, communities, countries, and finally the world.

Now, people may think that world peace is the absence of violence. But that’s not necessarily true, in my opinion. I really think that world peace will only come when The Saviour of the World comes again. However, in the meantime, we can still strive towards the goal of world peace by simply being good people.

In order to achieve this, we must remember four key things:

1. One person truly can make a difference.

2. We must be more aware of others’ wellbeing.

3. With true faith in God, nothing will ever fail.

4. Jesus Christ IS the source of all things good.

I’m going to expound briefly on each of these things now;

1. You have a lot more power and potential than you may think! Think of a person you’ve met who is always cheering others up, speaking and doing only positive things, and inspiring you through their smile alone. I feel like all of us have at least seen a person like this in our lives. They may not be as happy as they seem ALL the time! But they have found a way to control their emotions, and make the best out of their situations in life! They have found that through their bubbly personality, they really can make a difference in someone’s day or happiness–and if they’ve made even just ONE person smile during the day, then their day has been a success! How do we measure our successes typically? By how much work we get done? By whether or not we were doing something “productive” all day? Have we ever considered that cheering people up makes a day successful?! You’re letting God work through you in order to help another one of His children!

Remember that our positive attitude and happiness also creates a chain effect! We can inspire people just by living happily and righteously and reaching out to help them!

2. The more we are aware of others’ wellbeing, the more we’ll unify the world! So many of life’s problems can come from just simply apologizing sincerely and showing through your actions that you mean it. If we apologized and forgave more, there would be less negative feelings shared. If we took twenty minutes to listen to someone talk about the hardships they’re going through and give some words of comfort, there would be a lot less depression, feelings of being alone, and there would be a lot more shared trust.

Why do we refrain from reaching out to others?! Why do we sometimes shy away from saying “Hi” as someone passes us? The more we interact kindly and respectfully with one another, the more unified our communities and countries will be!

3. We have to remember that after we do all we can, God does the rest! He helps us live according to His will and plan if we live righteously! If we have the desire to help others but don’t know how, we can pray and ask for help and inspiration. Revelation can come through prayer, scriptures, priesthood leaders, and even through other people God has put in our lives to inspire us! He will give us the words and opportunities we need in order to achieve our goals as long as we do all we can to prepare ourselves for those things!

If we have good desires and go to God with them, HE WILL HELP US! If we want to be happier or help others be happier, He will help us! He wants to help us achieve good things! We cannot forget that truly ANYTHING is possible when we believe in the love and power of God to help us!

4. It’s as simple as that. All things good and true come from Jesus Christ. We can study His life more and see how he reacted to differing opinions, hate, and rejection. The more we strive to live our lives as He did, the better we will be, and the happier the world will be as well. He is the source of everlasting life and because of Him we can change and make a difference in the lives of others.

Life may not be easy sometimes, but it can be a lot easier to go through when we strive to live as Jesus Christ instructed us and LOVE God first, and then “LOVE others as we love ourselves.” He desires our happiness and true, eternal, lasting happiness comes from Him only.

I know all of these things to be true. I hope you were able to feel inspired by this and have a happier day!

Till next time!

Madi

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