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Overcoming Anxiety and Fear through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Jesus Calms Our Storms

Overcoming Anxiety and Fear through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Jesus Calms Our Storms

Lift up your head and rejoice! We have permission from Jesus Christ to not fear and be happy. It is not necessary to fear and be overly concerned about things. Philippians 4:6-7 says, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The footnotes give us further insight into this scripture. The Joseph Smith translation of this scripture replaces the word “careful” with the word “afflicted” – “Be afflicted for nothing.” Another footnote gives further insight by giving us the Greek translation, “Don’t be unduly concerned about anything.” When I first read this it was inspiring to me, and it was a personal answer to my prayers and concerns. It was what I needed because throughout my life I have tended to worry a lot. This scripture helped me to see that there is so much in life... Read the rest of this entry »

Faith under Fire: Long Night Journey before the Dawn

Faith under Fire: Long Night Journey before the Dawn

The Psalmist declared in Psalm 30:5, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Even in our deepest moments of sorrow and despair, when it may seem that all hope is gone, the Savior Himself promises, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). Faith under Fire As a practicing, believing Christian, those scriptures should be words of great peace and comfort. However, I must admit that over the course of the past four and a half years, as I have gone to visit the older of my two sisters as she lay in a vegetative state in her room in a nursing home, my faith has been put under fire, and there have been times when God has seemed so far away. It is during those times that doubt and fear seem to overrule my faith. During the time that my sister has been hospitalized, there have been moments when I have felt great stress, heartache, anger, grief, and sorrow. Sometimes those feelings and emotions appear to be rolled into one gigantic ball.... Read the rest of this entry »

Following the Guidance of the Lord

Following the Guidance of the Lord

In the Book of Mormon (a book revered as scripture by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) we learn about an ancient prophet, Lehi, and his family’s journey to a Promised Land in the Americas. On their journey they received a blessing from the Lord, recorded as follows: And it came to pass that as [Lehi] arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness (1 Nephi 16:10). This ball was called the Liahona. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc.(pp 139-141), Gibbons shares more insight on the matter: Following the Little Arrows How did Lehi’s people exercise faith that the spindles were pointing the way they should... Read the rest of this entry »

Scripture Study Brings Us Closer to Christ

Scripture Study Brings Us Closer  to Christ

Is scripture study important? I believe whole-heatedly that it is! As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”), I follow the counsel from our prophets to be immersed in the scriptures every day. I know that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God, they teach Christ’s teachings, and the very words which we have before us can change souls. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp 136-137), Gibbons teaches the power of scripture study and how it can bless the reader with protection and strength: Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

God Gives Us Trials to Refine Us

God Gives Us Trials to Refine Us

Has anybody ever told you that the best of people go through the hardest trials? Why is that? It is because God is refining His people for a very special purpose. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp 125-126), Gibbons shares what this special purpose is: Testing, Trying, or Proving Jesus is a problem solver. He can do anything. He can fix anything. But He is more than that. If His only concern was to keep us from pain and sorrow, He could institute a millennial condition among us now. In the Millennium, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). But He is concerned with more than simply eliminating unhappiness. He is not exclusively concerned with ensuring that we are good. The Lord does want us to be happy. He does want us to be good. But... Read the rest of this entry »

How Can I Trust God?

How Can I Trust God?

Do you trust God? And if you do, do you trust Him in your mind and heart? Occasionally God tests us to see if we really do trust Him. A couple of things I like to do when I am in a sticky situation where I need to trust the Father of my spirit is to: 1) think back on my life and reflect on the thought—has He ever let me down? and 2) “try the virtue of the word of God” (Alma 31:5). In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons (a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”),  published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp. 121-122), Gibbons shares doctrine and personal experience that help us realize that we can trust in God with complete assurance in the future. Not one Moment More When you pass through trials for His purposes, as you trust Him, exercise faith in Him, He will help you. That support will generally come step by step, a portion at a time. While you are passing through each phase,... Read the rest of this entry »

Pressing Forward With Faith in Jesus Christ

Pressing Forward With Faith in Jesus Christ

Ever wanted to give up on something? I know I sure have. I remember when I was in little-league baseball (even though I am a girl, I wanted to play with the boys) I wanted to quit one year because it was so hard—and I wasn’t getting any playing time. My parents said I could, but that if I did quit, they would never let me sign up to play again. Because of this, I kept going. I loved baseball, I just didn’t love this particularly hard season. It didn’t get better that season, but I learned a good lesson—keep going! That year passed by, and the next baseball season began, and I was enjoying yet again. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) I often learn about “enduring to the end,” like how our Mormon pioneer ancestors did. It isn’t always easy, but with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is possible, and it is always worth it! In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L.... Read the rest of this entry »

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

Have you ever had a fear or a worry? As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by some) I believe that Jesus Christ has paid the infinite price to make it so we need not ever fear. He has suffered so that we do not have to suffer alone. Obviously we are human, so fear is something we will all have to face—but as we develop, grow and foster our relationship with Jesus Christ our fears will dissipate. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc., Gibbons shares, using scriptural backing, exactly why we need not fear. Be Not Afraid We are not alone. We are never alone. In our darkest hours andour deepest distresses we can go to Him and be “encircled about eternally in the arms of his love” (2 Nephi 1:15). He has promised to love us (1 John 2:5); to speak to us (D&C 8:2); to answer us (3 Nephi 14:7–8); to search for us when we wander (Ezekiel... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ is Our Rock

Jesus Christ is Our Rock

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by many), I am a firm believer that Jesus Christ is my Rock and my Redeemer. I know that with out Him I am nothing, but with Him I can be everything. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp 145-148), Gibbons shares personal experiences, combined with Mormon beliefs, to enlighten us on the subject of Jesus Christ as our “Rock.” The Rock of Heaven On a summer day when I was sixteen, I went with friends to explore a large cave in Logan Canyon. We took only one flashlight, which I dropped and broke about three fourths of a mile inside the cavern. We were trapped, left without illumination in a situation from which we could not escape on our own. The pathway out was barely safe with a light. In the absolute darkness it was impossible. So we did the only things we could do. We waited and we prayed. After... Read the rest of this entry »

Trust in Jesus Christ His Light Will Illuminate Your Life

Trust in Jesus Christ His Light Will Illuminate Your Life

Have you ever had to trust in God, so much so that your life depended on it? In the Book of Mormon (a book revered as scripture by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mistakenly called the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths) we learn of a prophet, Samuel. Samuel warned a wicked city to repent. They were so wicked that Samuel said that except it were for the righteous few that lived among them, they would have been destroyed. The Gospel Art Picture Kit explains “Samuel declared [to this people] that in five years a sign would indicate that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, had been born. There would be a day, a night, and a day without darkness. A new star would appear, and there would be other signs in heaven. (See Helaman 14:2–6.) The problem was that if this sign didn’t happen, in the time predicted, the wicked people were going to kill all of the followers of Christ. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and... Read the rest of this entry »