Years ago, while at the beach with my family, I noticed signs and flags warning us of a strong current flowing away from the shore into deep, turbulent water. Invisible to my untrained eyes but easily detected by lifeguards on a nearby watchtower, the powerful current posed a danger to all who left the safety of the shore and entered the water. I remember rationalizing, “I’m a strong swimmer. Swimming will be great exercise. I’ll be safe in the shallow water.”
Ignoring the warnings and feeling confident in my own judgment, I entered the water to enjoy a “refreshing” swim. After a few minutes I looked up to locate my family on the nearby beach, but the beach was no longer nearby! The deceptive current I had been warned of had captured me and was quickly pulling me away from my family. Continue reading
When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.
President Ezra Taft Benson
Obedience is important. Sometimes it is very difficult. If we are doing it for the right reasons, then we will always find the strength to keep going. This kind of goes along with my thought yesterday. People who are obedient on the outside just to fit in or to keep other people from bothering them will not be able to keep the facade up for very long. Only with the right motivation can we be as obedient as we need to. Continue reading
7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
1 Nephi 3:7
I was thinking a lot about this scripture today, mainly thanks to my personal finance class. We talked about debt today, and the commandment to get out of debt. I will not focus on debt, but these were my thoughts on a more general basis. Continue reading
“It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time.” – Clayton M Christensen
I believe this completely. It is much easier to always do what you think is right, rather than to occasionally give in to temptation. Giving in every once in a while is a slippery slope. Continue reading
“The greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right.” – President Thomas S. Monson
The distance between the way the world looks at things and the way that Heavenly Father considers them is increasingly growing. More and more, people will disagree with you as you attempt to follow the teachings of the Gospel and the promptings that you receive as you strive to follow the Spirit in your life. People have varying opinions on everything of import Continue reading
I’ve been reading To the Rescue, which for those of you who don’t know is Thomas S. Monson’s biography. He is currently the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is an amazing book, filled with stories that inspire and awe. One story I read today really touched me, because I’ve had similar, if not as dramatic, experiences in my life. Continue reading