God is Mightier

 

I was reading in 1 Nephi 4 today, and the very first verse gave me pause.

1 Nephi 4:1

And it came to pass that I spake unto my brethren, saying: Let us go up again unto Jerusalem, and let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth, then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty, yea, or even than his tens of thousands?

 

I love this.

It basically sums up every worry, doubt, fear, and obsessive “should have accomplished this by now” and crushes them.

God is stronger than, more than, mightier than, ten thousand soldiers. And if God doesn’t want us to be harmed, it doesn’t matter how many soldiers or enemies to God come against us, they will fail.

 

According to Google, mighty is defined as: “possessing great and impressive power or strength, especially on account of size”

 

It doesn’t matter what life throws at us.

God is stronger.

God is more.

God will never fail.

He is mightier than the earth itself – He created the earth. He created our very bodies. He wills us the free will to make our own decisions. He keeps us breathing from moment to moment.

 

Trust God.

He will never fail.

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Curiosity Is Not Evil

I love having a new year to start all over with.

It always makes me wonder how God tells time. How amazing it is to me that we feel as though days take forever… and to our Heavenly Father, our time down here is a mere blink of the eye.

How intense it must be, to live forever.

I can’t wrap my mind around it.

I sometimes sit around and think about things like that.

Someone recently said in church that scientists have proved the earth is some 4.5 billion years old. I looked over at my sister and said, “You realize that means we’re more than 4.5 billion years old, right?”

Crazy to think.

I wonder. What I was like before I was here. What we did, who I befriended. How time passed.

I have so many questions but I find when I ask things like that, some leaders at church get nervous. Like I’m questioning my faith or something like that.

It’s happened so many times in the past two years to myself and a few others, that I’ve grown a wee bit annoyed with this response.

Curiosity is not evil.

 

Look up general conference talks or open an ensign. Look at last week’s lesson in the new Come Follow Me manual. We are encouraged to ask questions. That doesn’t mean we’ll get answers. Sometimes – like in the case with all of my above questions – they are things we won’t know the answers to until the Millenium.

And I’m totally okay with that. I simply wonder. And again, there’s nothing wrong with that.

 

Our society is so strange to me at times. No one wants anyone to ask questions, to rock the boat, to poke at something no one knows the answers to.

Heavenly Father doesn’t give us all the answers on purpose. That’s the whole point of faith. If we knew all the answers, had all the proof we needed, it would be easy, this life. There’d be no test to anything.

Not only would that be boring for our mortal minds, but it would completely void out the point of this life.

 

So next time you have a question, maybe preface with the fact that you’re not doubting your faith, but are simply curious. That’s what I’m going to try.

And if someone asks you questions, please don’t insult them by immediately assuming they’re questioning the gospel. Yes, that happens. But no, not every time someone asks a question.

 

Can you wrap your mind around the fact that we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before this life, and are over 4 and a half billion years old?

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What I Know

and I don’t know
what I don’t know
but I do know
I have you
The fairy tales
Are all true
There’s no darkness
To end you
No lie
You can’t see through

It doesn’t matter
When I mess up
Doesn’t matter
That I am weak
And always fall
It doesn’t matter
Not at all

Because if I
Remember
To bathe in your blood
Write your name
On my heart,
On my soul
Try a little harder
Each and every time
You’ll make me clean
You’ll make me whole

and I don’t know
what I don’t know
but I do know
You already paid
An unthinkable cost
You will find me
When I get lost

 

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Christ’s Name

Confession time.

I have never read any of the scriptures the entire way through except the Book of Mormon. So today, I began reading the New Testament.

I also began re-reading the Book of Mormon, of course. But I really want to read the other scriptures from cover to cover. Instead of just with lessons.

So I busted open my Bible and began reading in Matthew this afternoon.

I am really excited about the new Come Follow Me curriculum. I’ve been wanting to read the Bible for about a year now but never really got started. I feel like this new manual will keep me motivated, knowing it’s what everyone is studying this year.

 

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I really like the new way we’re going to go about things.

I always felt behind or too slow or overwhelmed (or all of the above) when trying to keep up with all the different scriptural references from all the different Sunday classes each week – when trying to add it to where I was in personal scripture study as well as where we were as a family and then institute class.

So I am absolutely psyched about this whole, everyone being on the same page thing. 😀

 

Anywho.

Back to Matthew.

This morning, I stumbled upon a few thoughts in the institute manual for the first chapter of Matthew that I really liked.

 

The name Jesus comes from Iēsous, a Greek form of the Hebrew name Yeshua (Joshua in English). Yeshua means “Jehovah saves,” and the long form of the name, Yehoshua,means “Jehovah is salvation.”

Both forms of the name bear witness of the identity and mission of Jesus Christ, who was Jehovah in the premortal life.

Matthew described the Savior’s mission of salvation by declaring, “He shall save his people from their sins” (see also Helaman 5:10).

 

The first chapter in Matthew announces that Jesus Christ would be called, in Hebrew, Emmanuel, “which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23; italics added).

The last verse in Matthew contains the Savior’s promise to His disciples: “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20; italics added).

By placing these parallel declarations at the beginning and the end of his Gospel, Matthew may be identifying a message running throughout the Gospel of Matthew—God will not forget us; He is with us always.

Source

 

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I love this so much!

Jesus Christ is our Savior. His very name attests to this fact.

Christ came to save us from our sins. He will never abandon or forsake us.

He will forsake our sins and will not save those who are willfully in their sins. He came here to save us FROM sin. Not to save those who ARE ACTIVELY SINNING and know it.

But Christ will always love us. He waits on us, hoping for us to come unto Him and taste of the grace and goodness, mercy and love, hope and unexplainable peace He has to offer. If only we will accept.

Even His very name is a promise.

 

Helaman 5

10 And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah; for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.

Matthew 28

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

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Choose Your Choices and Hope On

“My dear brothers and sisters, each day is a day of decision, and our decisions determine our destiny. One day each of us will stand before the Lord in judgment. We will each have a personal interview with Jesus Christ. We will account for decisions that we made about our bodies, our spiritual attributes, and how we honored God’s pattern for marriage and family.”

Russell M. Nelson

Source.

 

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“Keep going, and the Lord will help you. At times you may not know quite what to do or what to say—just move forward.”

Todd Christofferson

Source.

 

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Challenge Almost Over

If you watched General Conference this last time around, you know our Prophet challenged all the women to:

  1. Read the Book of Mormon between then and January 1st.
  2. Mark every verse that talks about Christ.
  3. Talk to others about Christ.

 

I finished Ether 1 today.

That means I have Ether 2 – 15 and Moroni 1 – 10 to read and mark as the Prophet has directed, before January 2019.

Cutting it a little close, I know.

But if I can read an entire novel over four hundred pages long in a day (I love books), then I can read, mark, and journal on the remaining 24 chapters in the Book of Mormon in the next five days.

 

How are you doing on Prophet Russell M. Nelson’s challenge?

What have been your favorite parts about this experience?

 

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Oops and Joy

I just realized I did a post only for women, technically, I guess. And did so every time I’ve done a post on the Prophet’s General Conference challenge to the women.

Sorry dudes and all chicks who aren’t taking part. My bad.

You can comment on what you’ve seen change for the better in your woman’s life if you want (with her permission of course, unless you know she’d be okay). Or your own experiences from reading the Book of Mormon regardless of your gender.

Reading the Book of Mormon helps everyone.

Anywho, here’s a post for everyone…

 

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I’ve been quite gung-ho on the whole goals and resolutions thing this month. Don’t worry, I’ll chill after a few days into January. 

I just want you to know how important co-creating our lives with God is for us and to our Heavenly Father.

He wants us to enjoy this life now.

He doesn’t just want us to be obedient and suffer through this life. And THEN once the Millennium comes, we can be happy.

Nope. 

Not God’s plan for us. Not His desire for us. Might I share two scriptural verses with you that prove this point?

 

2 Nephi 2

25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

The whole point of our existing is for us to have joy. But as always with God, whether or not we have joy is up to us.

 

Mormon 9

14 And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still.

Most people might think this is a depressing verse. Or a scary one. I personally find there’s a lot of comfort to be found in this verse.

We choose where we end up after we die. We choose which kingdom we inherit. By our actions, desires, choices, behavior, words, etc.

If we are unhappy and filthy and unrighteous in this life, that’s what we’ll be in the next.

We’re commanded to be of good cheer. That doesn’t mean to wear rose-colored glasses or pretend we’re not in pain when we are. We don’t ignore reality or act as if we have hope if we do not.

But we work toward good cheer. We choose to be optimistic. We choose to look for the silver lining. We choose hope. And we focus on the good. 

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to be happy, now.

But wickedness never was happiness. (Alma 41:10)