Something That Might Have Been

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Never waste your time wondering about what might have been. Get busy thinking about what still might be, trusting that whatever it is, it will leave you glad that what might have been never came to be.

– Sandra King

This is something that I personally struggle with at times. Here I am having just graduated from BYU and I already have the job that I was hoping to get. I have everything going for me – the job I want in the place I want, friends and family close, and even the perfect market for buying a house! But I still find myself looking back at what might have been. Continue reading

A Besieged City

The kingdom of God is like a besieged city surrounded on all sides by death. Each man has his place on the wall to defend, and no one can stand where another stands, but nothing prevents us from calling encouragement to one another.

– Martin Luther

I firmly believe that each of us has a specific mission to fulfill in this life. Whether we are called to lead many or just help a few along the way, each calling is equally important. Don’t feel that any callings that you receive are inconsequential. The work we do here in this life is never inconsequential. Continue reading

We Cannot Do It Alone

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The life of a saint is not simply a personal perfecting, it is also a factor in the entire scheme of earth’s redemption. No one can be saved alone, by himself or herself, unassisted by or unassisting others.

– President John Taylor, Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: John Taylor Continue reading

No Deliverance, but Lightened Burdens

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12 And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts.

13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage. Continue reading

Faith in That Which Cannot be Seen

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I know that not all the people who read this blog are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I am one. We are in the midst of our general conference, which happens every six months. During this time, we are able to listen to instruction given to us through the Prophet and the Apostles. Today, President Henry B. Eyring, an Apostle and a member of the First Presidency, spoke on a topic that I really needed to hear. Continue reading

Trust in the Outcome – Don’t Yell at the Referees

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My personal finance teacher told us an interesting story in class the other day. He knows a man who absolutely loves the thrill of watching football games. He loves the suspense and all the emotions that can be associated with it. One time he wasn’t able to watch a game live, but he recorded it. At work the next day, he kept telling everyone to not tell him the outcome of the game because he wanted to watch it that evening.

He made it most of the day before someone mentioned the game and he discovered the outcome of the game he had not yet watched. This man was extremely upset because now the game would not hold the same magic for him. He decided that he would watch it anyway. Continue reading

Goodbye Mud Pies, Hello Roller Coasters

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this little blog that I have going here. I thought it was quite the achievement when I went for a few months not missing a single day of posting an entry. Then I had the unfortunate displeasure of realizing that I didn’t have the time to write a good thought for every day. Sure I was putting a lot of thoughts out there, but it wasn’t good stuff. Instead of handing out real good apple pies occasionally, I resorted to flinging mud pies in all directions in order to keep up with the schedule I had set myself. So, I tried dwindling down my thoughts to three a week. While in school this still seems a little much. I’ve decided to simply write a thought whenever a though comes to me, rather than trying to force inspiration to hit on a scheduled basis. Hopefully I am saying goodbye to the mud pies and delivering more scrumptious apple pies than ever before.

So, with that in mind, here is a thought for y’all. Continue reading

Desire Determines Destiny

Mostly, brothers and sisters, we become the victims of our own wrong desires. Moreover, we live in an age when many simply refuse to feel responsible for themselves. Thus, a crystal-clear understanding of the doctrines pertaining to desire is so vital because of the spreading effluent oozing out of so many unjustified excuses by so many. This is like a sludge which is sweeping society along toward “the gulf of misery and endless wo” (Hel. 5:12). Feeding that same flow is the selfish philosophy of “no fault,” which is replacing the meek and apologetic “my fault.” We listen with eager ear to hear genuine pleas for forgiveness instead of the ritualistic “Sorry. I hope I can forgive myself.”

Some seek to brush aside conscience, refusing to hear its voice. But that deflection is, in itself, an act of choice, because we so desired. Even when the light of Christ flickers only faintly in the darkness, it flickers nevertheless. If one averts his gaze therefrom, it is because he so desires. Continue reading