"...Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise" --Alma 37:6

Friday, March 29, 2013

Construction Zones

Have you ever gone on a road trip and gotten stuck in a construction zone? If not let me give you a brief description. There you are in your car driving 75 miles an hour and you are cruising. The music is playing and life is good. Then out of the corner of your eye you see a flash of bright orange. A pit forms in the bottom of your stomach and you groan as another orange sign comes into view. It reads, "Road Work Ahead: Speed Limit Reduced".

You reduce your driving speed to about 50-55 miles an hour. Another sign appears and your groan becomes an expression of, "Oh man!" as you realize the construction zone is 3 miles long. Your awesome road trip, to...wherever you're going will now take even longer. Things were going so well too. Dang it!

As you drive slowly through the 3 mile construction zone pretty, bright orange construction zone cones and signs decorate the otherwise simple grey of the road. Those 3 miles seem to go on forever, and then suddenly in the distance another bright orange sign. It reads, "End Road Work". Freedom!!! You hit the gas and get going at 75 miles an hour again. 

I have hit a construction zone in my life and I pray it doesn't last long. I also pray that I am not the only one that has construction zones in their life. I see these construction zones as times in my life when I have to make a decision or come to understand something and I just haven't yet. It's right on my fingertips but I can't quite tell what it is. 

If you ever hit a construction zone in your life, don't panic,...yet. Take a deep breath and drive right into it. It will seem endless, but I promise there is an end in sight. I just...haven't found it yet. When I do, I will be sure to let you know where it is. But understand that our ends will be different. They are very different for each individual person. 
That is a small frustration attached to construction zones. But hey that's life right?

"I've always heard every ending is also a beginning. I'd like to believe that's true" 
~Emily Prentiss, Criminal Minds~

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Finish Line

I write simply to write and express emotions. I have been given many crosses to bear and for the most part I have borne  them well. I always wondered, why me? It has occurred to me that I have extremely important work to do. My children have extremely important work to do.

I must be refined in the refiner's fire in order to do what I must do to further the work of God. Joseph Smith prophesied that, "No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing." I have been called to fulfill that prophesy with my brothers and sisters.

We have been chosen to be here in the last days. We agreed to be the last leg of the race and to stand up and fight Satan at his worst. He is gaining more control and strength every day and I, WE, must fight him. It is not easy, nor was it meant to be.

This is the time to decide which side you are on. You cannot straddle the line any longer. You must must decide today.  The world would have you believe that none of this matters or even exists. In some cases, and for a lot of people, Satan has won.

I plead with you, do not let him win. It is easier to succumb, to listen to and accept his lies. But that is what they are and always will be: lies. You are so much greater than he is. You are the strongest, most courageous, and honorable of God's children. You have already fought and won the first battle in Heaven, do not give up now.

Those unsure, wonder what possible advantage we may have. They see Satan as indestructible, all powerful, and for some not even real. Please remember that God made Satan and God is more powerful than Satan and all of his followers combined.

This mortal journey will eternally define us. Our actions here will help mold us and help us become more like our Father in Heaven. We must have faith and believe in the words of Christ. He has saved us all many countless times. His ultimate sacrifice of the Atonement saves us every day we accept Him. Let us prove ourselves worthy of saving. Let us prove our gratitude by becoming the best we can be.

To those that do not believe in God, I understand why it may seem like believing in a deity is archaic and "unevolved". But surely, when you look at the beauty of nature all around you, you cannot think it was all by accident.

I am not the result of some cosmic mishap. I am, always have been, and always will be. I do not end. Life is hard, no doubt about it. But do not give up when the finish line is so close. Fight to the end and never look back.