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Royal Role Models

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This weekend I volunteered at the Christmas event for the BYU
library as Cinderella. Yes, Cinderella. Usually I’m not into “princessy” things (except for Tangled, of course) but this sounded fun! I looked like a princess, I talked like a princess, and I autographed many papers as “Cinderella” for a solid two hours. Although my cheeks ached from smiling, and my throat felt funny from speaking in a perky, higher-pitched voice, I thoroughly enjoyed watching these children’s’ eyes light up as they “met Cinderella”.

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I remember one interaction, in particular, really touched my heart. Everyone had been coming up to me with “princess papers” to simply get my autograph, but this girl came up with a notebook. She bounced on her way over to me, and took a deep breath before exploding with excitement. “Cinderella!! It’s a pleasure to meet you in person! I am your…I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!! And…and…I was just wondering…if you could write me something! I love your movie and I just love you so much!!”

She told me her name, and I wrote her a short note about being courageous and following her dreams, signed Cinderella.

Later, I reflected on that experience and realized that this applies to all of us; We all have some kind of role model or person we look up to as an example for guidance throughout our lives. When we feel loved by them and we receive words of wisdom from them, we tend to cherish them; they motivate us to work harder towards doing good and being better than before.

This is my experience with Jesus Christ. He has too many attributes and did too many good deeds for me to mention all of them and express how each event has impacted my life. However, I will say that I truly cherish The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon because I can learn more about Him and who He is. Those sacred words give me strength and motivate me to be better. Those inspired words give me courage to stand up for what’s right in times that it may be difficult or unpopular to do so. His divine words have allowed me to understand my potential and strive to be more like Him.

Have you ever thought about how you may be a role model for someone else? Have you ever taken into account the impact your words and actions have on others? Think of who you are. Who do you represent? Are you a Father? Daughter? Aunt? Brother? Citizen? Doctor? Teacher? Mother? American? Swedish? Hostess? Gardener? Businessman? Cook? Video Gamer?

Above all, are you a disciple of Christ? Or in other words, are you a follower of the Living Son of God?

If you are, do you think you put into practice His teachings? Do you feel the Spirit change your heart each day? Do you treat others with love in person, as well as in your thoughts?

If you cannot say ‘yes’ to all of these questions, that’s okay! That is why we are here in life–to work on these things one at a time, while simultaneously experiencing JOY! However, it is important to recognize that if we do not recognize that we represent a true follower of Jesus Christ, let us consider how that can be changed!

Remember how our role models inspire us? Through their words and their actions. READ THE SCRIPTURES DAILY! THAT is how you will learn and feel of His love! THAT is how you will receive motivation to push forward and keep striving to be better! THAT is how His perfect example will rub off on you; you must FEAST upon the words of Christ so that you may be FILLED by His love, which ultimately changes your heart. And by your heart changing, you will have more righteous desires and your interests will be more aligned with those that are found in Christ’s Gospel and example!

Your circle of influence is greater when you are striving to be an example EVERYWHERE you go. Strangers can have the desire to make someone’s day better because you smiled at them. They may decide to call a loved one because they miss them after hearing you talk nicely to a family member. They could be inspired to be better citizens and neighbors because you picked trash up off the sidewalk and threw it away. Or they may even feel inspired to care more for others simply because you held the door open for someone!!

Don’t stop diving into the scriptures and encircling yourself with Christ’s love, life, words, and example. He really does empower, strengthen, and motivate us even when we’re at the lowest of lows in life. He never gives up on us even when we give up on Him. Keep trying and keep TRUSTING in Him; He knows and loves you perfectly.

Be the role model others need in their lives! 🙂

Have a great week,

Madi

PS– check out mormon.org for the 25 days of Christmas challenge! In an effort to #LightTheWorld, there are characteristics of Jesus each day and ideas of good things we can do each day to make the world a better place!!

We are not alone in being alone.

Lately, with the recent negativity circulating all over social media platforms, I’ve been reflecting a lot on how hard it is to make a stance nowadays without getting criticized for it. Now, this is NOT a political post, so don’t lose interest quite yet.

With this negativity, I felt alone at times in my religious, political, and moral stances. I felt attacked and disrespected, as many others have recently as well. Now, this is NOT a “poor me”, “i’m offended” post either, so don’t get ahead of yourselves, folks.

These experiences caused me to reflect a lot on people who have felt alone while standing up for what they believe in morally, politically, and religiously. There are many brave souls who have faced this same solidarity and rejection we do nowadays that rose above the negativity, courageously, standing firmly for what they believe to be right and true!

The man that stood out to me most while reflecting was our Savior, Jesus Christ. Now, without going into too much detail, let’s put His situation into context:

He came to this earth to be the Savior and Redeemer of ALL MANKIND; to suffer for ALL MANKIND whether they liked Him or not, because He loves EVERYONE. He entered into a very complicated society to be proclaiming to be the Son of God Almighty and inviting others to follow Him. The Jews had always been loyal to their beliefs and had recently undergone some very hard times; Hellenism had taken over their temples and they were forbidden to worship God or they would be killed. After enduring this oppressive time, they gained back and purified their temples once again through the Maccabean revolt. They were overjoyed to have religious freedom and their holy temples back once again! They were not looking for someone to come and tell them to change their beliefs again!

Then, there were Pharisees who believed in the scriptures liberally, therefore being open to new ideas and change. The Sadducees were adamant about having strict obedience to the Mosaic Law. So, here, we can see that there was a lot of conflict because some wanted to keep traditional Jewish beliefs, while others wanted change.

Now, if there were people fighting to keep religious tradition whilst others were more concerned about power, do you think either of these groups were going to gladly receive Jesus Christ as the Son of the Omnipotent God (therefore having a great amount of power, affecting the current political situation), and teaching practices different from the Jewish ones at the time (deviating from traditional Jewish beliefs)??? I don’t think so!

Jesus Christ knew His purpose and although He was a perfect being, He still had times where He must have felt very alone in a society that turned their backs on Him. Now, let’s understand that these people were only defending the most sacred beliefs they had grown up living. They were doing their best to protect their religion, politics, and morals! They had good intentions.

We all have good intentions when we defend our beliefs. But, wouldn’t we love each other more if we approached  differences in belief with open hearts and minds? If we opened our minds to the possibility of others having good intentions behind their beliefs, wouldn’t we all be a lot happier? Wouldn’t we be more accepting? Wouldn’t we learn from each other and work towards a more loving and understanding society? Wouldn’t we hate less? Wouldn’t we incorporate more good into our lives?

We do not have to agree with everything that others believe, but it is important that we strive to see the good in their paradigms! It is important that we respond with understanding and respect rather than refusal and disgust. All of our opinions matter and when we approach conversation with open minds rather than having the mindset of the other person “being wrong”, we will find that humanity is a lot better than it is portrayed to be throughout the media.

Jesus Christ was followed by few and hated by many. Those who followed Him were also hated by many. However, given the circumstances some still faithfully stood firm in those beliefs and practices Jesus had taught them. They risked being alone. We risk being alone too when we stand for what we believe in, but we have to be courageous! We have to be the good in the world! We have to actively treat others with love and respect and recognize that usually people have good intentions behind their religious, moral, and political stances.

Don’t let politics divide you from good people! Don’t let religion keep you from strengthening your faith together with others who belong to different religions than you! And don’t let differing moral beliefs keep you from loving someone and treating them with respect! The world will only become a better place when we open our hearts, eyes, and minds and truly work together for good!

Have a really great week and remember that you are not alone in feeling alone! Stay strong and inspire others to do good!! The world needs more peacemakers.

WITH SO MUCH LOVE,

Madi

P.S- I want you all to know that I respect Jewish beliefs and think they are great people also striving to do good! I only used this circumstance as an example to show how Jesus was mostly alone in preaching His Gospel. It also emphasizes the fact that we are all striving to do good, just in different ways! And sometimes we may not understand a group different from ourselves simply because we don’t take the time to learn about their beliefs.

 

Knowing God Gives us Courage

“The ability to TRUST God comes from KNOWING God.” –Henry B. Eyring

When we are given so many decisions to make in life, we may be hesitant to make them on our own because we want God’s support. Some might not even realize that as we consult with God about our decisions, we can achieve a greater sense of purpose and courage to move forward with such decisions. But, why would we feel more secure of our decisions?

Let’s understand God a little better…

God is omnipotent…He is all-powerful. He has the power to make anything happen. He has the power to do more than we can even imagine because we cannot even fathom the extent of His abilities, as He is a perfect and eternal Being.

God is omniscient…He knows and sees everything. He knows all that has happen, is happening, and WILL happen in the future!! He knows our thoughts. He knows our intentions. He knows our deepest, most private acts and thoughts. He understands who we are perfectly. He understands how culture, religion, society, family, friends and everything else has affected us and made us who we are today! He understands what is hard for us and what seems impossible. He comprehends our needs and knows perfectly how to help us.

God is omnipresent…His love, blessings, mercy, and power are available to everyone everywhere. We can never get too far away from God that we are not in reach of those things. His qualities are present within us when we strive to increase the light of Christ by living the Gospel!

When we come to understand the God KNOWS US perfectly, is a PERFECT Being, and LOVES us, we will learn to trust Him more.

Think about it.

What if there was someone (and there is) who knew you PERFECTLY?

What if they knew what you needed to experience, knew what jobs would benefit you most,  and knew who you needed to learn from as well as those who you needed to help?

What if they knew everything you’ve thought, felt and done and what you will think, feel and do…AND STILL LOVED AND ACCEPTED YOU PERFECTLY??

Would you NOT trust them?!

Despite being a mistake-prone human being, God still LOVES YOU and still HELPS you. He protects, guides, strengthens, comforts, and LOVES you like no one you have ever met in this life. He still TRUSTS you completely to make the right decisions in order to return to His Holy presence!!

Once we are able to begin to fathom this thought, we can begin to trust our lives in GOD’S hands and stop thinking we know what’s best. We can communicate with Him through prayer and He will seriously answer us. Trusting in God is NOT a hard thing to do when we are consistently learning about him.

How can we learn about Him and believe in Him though when we may feel He isn’t even there?

  1. The scriptures are GOD’S words relayed through prophets chosen by the Almighty God Himself to guide us. As we read the scriptures, we will feel a special spirit and know that they are divine words of wisdom.
  2. We can pray and ask God Himself if He exists! (Which may seem like an odd thought) However, if you have even the slightest desire to know if He exists and truly hears you, try believing He is there and talk to Him! While you’re at it, pray about the scriptures and ask if they are true!
  3. TESTIFY OF HIM. Say out loud that God is real, and feel The Spirit confirm to you that what you’re saying is true! You will feel deep in your heart that it is something you’ve known all along and you will feel strengthened.

“…the Holy Ghost…is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men” (1 Nephi 10:17) THEREFORE, “feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you ALL THINGS what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:3).

“Pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul” (2 Nephi 32:9).

You will live happier and perform better if you trust, follow, and consult with God all throughout life’s experiences!! NEVER FORGET THAT HE NEVER FORGETS YOU!!

Now, take courage and know that God lives!

HAVE A GREAT, COURAGEOUS WEEK AND KEEP STRENGTHENING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD!

Madison

P.S– check this out to learn more about our relationship with God!! 🙂 https://discover.mormon.org/en-us/topics/god-our-heavenly-father/

Never Forget.

imageNever forget 9/11. Never forget the sacrifices made that day to save other loved ones’ lives. Never forget that sorrow and destruction that unified people of all faiths and backgrounds through helping each other. Never forget that we are stronger as a nation when we love each other more. Never forget that hating others from different political, religious, and cultural backgrounds will only destroy our country completely. Never forget that we are all equal human beings. Never forget to love others. Never forget that God gives you life every day. Never forget that the Atonement of Jesus Christ and all that He suffered allows you to have joy, forgiveness, eternal life, and a chance to return to God’s literal presence. Look to God in all you do, and you will not only find more peace in life but you will also be unifying generations of children of God.

“This is not a matter of Christian against Muslim. We value our Muslim neighbors across the world and hope that those who live by the tenets of their faith will not suffer. I ask particularly that our own people do not become a party in any way to the persecution of the innocent. Rather, let us be friendly and helpful, protective and supportive. It is the terrorist organizations that must be ferreted out and brought down.”
“We are people of peace. We are followers of the Christ who was and is the Prince of Peace. But there are times when we must stand up for right and decency, for freedom and civilization, just as Moroni rallied his people in his day to the defense of their wives, their children, and the cause of liberty.” – Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley

Let us remember to be unified as a nation, love one another, serve within our communities, and do all of this without gender, cultural, racial, or religious exclusion. Everyone is a child of God and deserves to be treated as one. God loves all of us individually and we should support each other in becoming better and happier brothers and sisters through Him.

Let us also remember that opposition gives righteousness the ability to exist. In the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi chapter 2 verses 13 and 14 state:

“And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.

And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.”

Opposition allows us to appreciate life and have true happiness. Although some of the deepest sorrows felt are those of losing a loved one, or suffer from a physical disability, The Atonement truly heals those wounds and allows us to push forward in life with more hope, faith, and purpose. The Atonement of Jesus Christ includes His crucifixion, as well as His suffering in the garden of Gethsemane for each and every one of our sins, sorrows, and pain. Because of this marvelous act of sacrifice, we can overcome both sin (which is spiritual death) as well as physical death, when our spirit is separated from our body. Just as Jesus Christ resurrected after His death, we will also be resurrected and be made perfect. By “perfect” i mean that our bodies and spirits will be united once again, and we will not longer have any physical challenges. In the Book of Mormon, Alma 40:23 states:

“The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.”

Therefore, we can look forward with hope to that day where we will no longer suffer from physical pain or challenges. We can know that our loved ones who have suffered physical and mental disabilities all of their lives can finally rest and be made perfect through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

In the words of Paul:

Let us “[rejoice] in hope; [be] patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” (Romans 12:12)

Remember to be kind. Remember to be patient. Remember to be believing. Remember to forgive. Remember to love. Remember to repent. Remember to be humble. Remember to be strong. And, most importantly, remember who you are to God. Take power from those ideas, and be a proactive positive influence in the lives of those that surround you!

Take Risks and Trust God!

Hi folks!

It’s been a while. I have so many thoughts and experiences I want to share, but for now I’m just going to talk about something that’s been going through my mind recently: stop trying to impress people.

Why do we worry so much about job interviews?

Why do we worry about going on dates?

Why do we worry about anything?!

Something I’m becoming more and more aware of is that worrying does us no good, in fact it pushes us backwards! Worrying is a catalyst and at the roots of defeat, depression and anxiety! We make most of our “failures” up in our minds. When we do the best we possibly can given our circumstances, THAT’S THE BEST WE CAN DO! You don’t fail when you’ve given it your all!

Something important to remember is that God is behind everything. He knows what He’s doing. He also knows what you’re doing. He knows your unique personality, talents, and life experiences. He understands why you are the way you are. Therefore, He knows what’s best for you! He knows what would work best for you in life. So, worrying isn’t necessary when we know our Heavenly Father has our back!

If a job doesn’t work out, it wasn’t supposed to work out! There is probably a better fit for you, or an experience waiting for you elsewhere!

If a date doesn’t go so well, try it out again and see if it was just a bad first impression. hahahaha but if it still doesn’t work out, then you two just weren’t the best fit for each other!

We can’t let that kind of stuff get us down!! We need to BE OURSELVES, be understanding of others, and be open-minded! If we’re ourselves, we have a better chance at doing things that make us happy; if we’re trying to be like everyone else, we will never do what we truly want. If we’re understanding, we will be able to collaborate and get along with more people and therefore have more opportunities in life! If we’re open-minded, we will be able to expand our knowledge and perspective of humanity and life! Being open-minded is one of the most beneficial things we can do in life! We grow SO MUCH.

It might be “scary” trying not to worry over things like job interviews, dates, or any other life events…but there is NO growth in the comfort zone, and NO comfort in the growth zone– you’ve just gotta push yourself in life and see what you’re capable of! You have SO MUCH potential.

Trust in God, and trust in yourself. You’re a lot more talented and able than you think. Faith and hope have a huge impact on your happiness in life. Take those risks in life, trusting in God, and everything will work out!

I hope my small thought could help someone today! Happy Friday! Keep smiling!

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New Beginnings!

12472252_10207501995259371_4806911701226068394_nHey everyone! It’s been ages since I’ve written anything on here! I have had a lot of crazy, life-changing experiences recently that have inspired me to come out with some new blog posts soon as well as videos!! So far I’ve made two videos and there are many more to come! I hope to encourage others through my videos by spreading positivity and happiness! I will also be sharing life advice and thoughts based off of these recent experiences I’ve had. 🙂

I’m still learning all the basics of making videos, but with the little I do know, I hope I can at least inspire a few of you with what I come up with! I will try to be more consistent with my posts both on here and on youtube.

I hope you all have a great week and keep smiling!

My youtube channel is called “Huari Creativity”. Here’s my first video:

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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Overcoming The Bumps In The Road

Life should run smoothly for the most part, right? There are always those bumps in the road or the occasional boulder, but we always manage to climb over it and make it to the smooth path once again. However, as much as we wish and dream it to be a lifelong experience of laughter and warm fuzzies, many times we find ourselves in the opposite of such things. Life isn’t supposed to be miserable. We were sent here on earth to “have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25) weren’t we?! And let us remember that “[God] doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.” (2 Nephi 26:24)

But how can we be joyful and full of love when there is so much hatred, and opposition, and war, and rumors, and distress, and sorrow and so much more of these horrors in the world? How can we “be okay” when we’re struggling financially and trying to support a family, or lost a loved one and now feel totally alone? How are we, in situations such as these, able to be comforted and hopeful and find a way out?

There are a few things I have learned and studied this week, and I would like to share a few of the solutions I have found to be true in my life and the lives of others:

1. We must truly LIVE His gospel in order to find peace and relief.

In 1 John 2:5 we are taught, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected…”.  So the more we “keep his word”, the more the love of God is in us. We feel comfort, relief, and we feel a sense of importance and purpose.

Jesus Christ’s gospel is having Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Repenting frequently and sincerely, Being baptized by immersion by someone who has the authority of God, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the end.

We may have a strong faith in Christ and repent frequently for our mistakes and sins. We may have been baptized by a priesthood holder and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. But how are we enduring to the end?

Something I’ve been more aware of lately is the quality of my loyalty to Christ and His gospel. How well am I living this gospel? We can be doing the basics; going to church, reading our scriptures, and praying. We can be doing that just because we’re “going through the motions” or because we genuinely enjoy it. We can be doing all of those things and then going to the temple as well every once in a while, and serving others daily. Doing all of that is great and strengthens our relationship with God! But how sincerely are we doing it? Are we obedient out of fear or obligation? Or are we obedient out of our love for God?

There are good things, great things, and excellent things. I have been noticing that it is easy to do good things and even great things, but when we start to realize what we can do even better and we improve those “great” things, we can move onto excellent things.

How often do we think about the message we convey to God through the music we listen to, or movies we watch, or way we talk to or about others? We can always have some sort of spiritual goal in our every day lives to help us strengthen our relationship with our Heavenly and loving Father.

As we do these things, we increase our faith and our desire to endure to the end as well because we feel the love and presence of God even stronger in our lives.

As we go through trials and sorrows, if we strive to live this gospel as best as we can, God will bless us.

Recently I started working at a company where I have to memorize a lot of dialog and medical terms. I was STRESSED. I know NOTHING about medical stuff–Or calling hospitals for that matter!! I was seriously struggling. I started to analyze where I’m at with my loyalty to God. I was reading my scriptures, going to church, and praying frequently. What else could I do better?! I started to put goals like reading my scriptures both in the morning and at night, and going through the temple once a week. I have seen an awe-striking difference in my ability to memorize and retain information. And i KNOW that it is only thanks to God and that I decided to dedicate more time and energy to strengthening my relationship with God and helping others. God helps and blesses us if we do as He commands because He only commands us to do what will fill our souls with peace and comfort.

Along with obedience to God and His commandments, comes promised blessings for the eternities.

2. One way of finding more joy in life is through true, sincere, and humble repentance.

We may love what we do, or feel angry with God if He does not agree with our choice of lifestyle, however we must be humble and submit our will to His. This means, that we must do as He asks us to if we ever want His help and if we ever want to feel at peace with ourselves and God.

Repentance is a beautiful way for us to be freed from addictions or vices we may have. It is a beautiful way to accept Christ into our lives and feel the true, atoning power that comes with repenting and begging for forgiveness from God and those we have possibly hurt in the process.

Repentance brings relief, freedom, and exquisite joy.

Repentance is possible thanks to Jesus Christ, our true Saviour. He suffered a lot of His life in order to give us a perfect example of receiving persecution and rejection, but still moving forward obediently and righteously through it all. He suffered in the garden of Gethsemane and took every single one of our pains, sorrows, afflictions, and sins upon Himself– meaning that He paid the consequences and suffering FOR US. IN PLACE OF US. He then died on the cross, sealing His testimony of truth and love with His very own life.

Now, this doesn’t mean that since He suffered for us so that we can live life as we want to because “if we sin, it doesn’t matter since Jesus already suffered for us.” We must repent in order for His sacrifice to even APPLY to us. It is “through the Atonement of Christ [that] all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” (Articles of Faith 1:3) He did His part, now we must do ours.

And as we do our part, we will be freed and Christ will uplift and strengthen us through our hardships so that life runs smoother for us.

3. Be the good you want to see in the world!!

Visit the sick and afflicted! Visit those who need to be uplifted and just need someone to hear them out and support them! Learn about Jesus Christ’s life and strive to emulate His characteristics and love! Treat others as you want to be treated (the golden rule)! Point out the positives! Avoid gossip or talking negatively! Avoid putting others down! Do things that bring you closer to God! Do random acts of kindness! Be the good, down to earth person you always look for in the world. Be the person you wish would help YOU out! Love others and see them with the potential God sees them with! Find activities that bring you clean joy and do them!

In a time where moral values and virtue are so confused and twisted,  be the GOOD the world needs. Be that person that uplifts others and raises the bar with their righteousness and uplifting words and deeds. Inspire others to do good!

The more we serve and the more we do GOOD, the stronger and happier we become as well.

These are the three things that have stood out to me in the past few weeks. This is what I’ve learned from my own experiences that has helped me overcome those hardships in life. I have come to realize that God always has some sort of lesson we’re supposed to understand or learn in life. As we pay attention to details, patterns, and “coincidences”, we will recognize the Hand of God in our lives more and more.

I testify that He loves you. He will never judge you unrighteously. He loves you dearly and eternally and nothing you can ever do will cause Him to abandon or mistreat you. He does not punish us. He only guides us to go back to Him and find pure love and joy. As we reach out to Him and Christ, they reach out even more to us.

I have been reminded of Their love in these past two weeks and I know that they live and are much more aware of us and present in our lives than what we may think. They know you perfectly. Reach out to them and rely on their love and advice to get you over those bumps and boulders.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

— Madison

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I CHALLENGE YOU TO GO TO THE TEMPLE THIS WEEK! YOU WILL FEEL REFRESHED!