The Savior is by My Side in Good Times and Rough Times

I choose to believe because I see the hand of God in my life constantly. I have suffered a stroke and a hemorrhaged brain tumor over the past 4 years. As I struggled through these trials I was given Priesthood blessings to comfort and heal me. I have no residual effects from either health issue. I know My Savior has a plan for me! I am still here among the mortals. I should really not still be alive. I have the most incredible 3 sons. When their dad and I divorced I felt incredibly broken! I am the person I am because God needs me to be their mom. I was lead by my Father in Heaven to a wonderful man, Drew Matthews is my best friend and he helps me see the best in myself! When I was having my children I had a set of twin girls. They lived for only a few minutes! I was crushed beyond words. My Savior put his arms around me and carried me through some of the most painful moments in my life! I know he is by my side in good times and in rough times. I love Him, He loves me! That is all the reason I need to choose to believe!

~Tina Milewski ❤️

Jesus is My Consistent in My World of Inconsistency

This past year has brought many changes to our family. Another mission call. Covid. An engagement. No mission. A wedding. Changes in callings. Changes in weight. Changes in school situations. Another wedding. And other personal struggles that just come as part of life.

But through all of these challenges and changes, Jesus is the same for me. The covenants we’ve made are the same. The blessings from keeping those covenants, the same. The peace I feel when I listen and re-listen to conference talks, the same. The joy I feel watching a child go through the repentance process, the same. The joy I feel when I repent, the same. The reassurance, peace, and joy I feel knowing that I am known and loved by heavenly parents, the same.
Jesus is my consistent in my world of inconsistency.
I choose to believe because I love Jesus, and I love what he offers. I love that He challenges us to become something better. I love that it’s not always easy. I love hope. I love peace. I love the plan. And I love the joy the gospel brings.
I often reflect on an experience I had as a child. I was 4, and on my way to my first piano recital. It was going to be at our church building. My mom was supposed to drop me off early, and when we got there she asked if I knew where to go. I answered no. Do you know where the primary room is? No, I said. What about the chapel? No. Do you know anything at all about this church? She asked. Just that it’s true, mom. And I still feel that today. Things aren’t perfect for any of us. But life is oh so much better for me on this side of the fence.

~Ange Nelson

I Want to Be on Our Heavenly Father and Savior's Team


Elder Holland said, “The FUTURE of this world has long been DECLARED; the final outcome between GOOD and evil is already KNOWN. There is absolutely no question as to who WINS because the VICTORY has already been posted on the SCOREBOARD. The only really strange thing in all of this is that we are still down here on the FIELD trying to decide which TEAM’S JERSEY we want to wear!”

When I was asked the question, “why do I choose to believe, even with the current situation of the world” this quote immediately came to mind.
I choose to believe because I want to be on the winning team, but more importantly I want to be on our Heavenly Father and Savior's team.
It is through them that I am able to obtain ultimate happiness. The happiness that so many in the world are searching for. The happiness that includes being with my family forever.

~Angela Harrison

The Savior has Oft Times Carried Me

 


This year has truly been a trying year. Not just through the pandemic, but also through personal trials. It is a year that we are eager to be done with. The past two years have been exceptionally difficult for my family and me. Yet, it has also brought our family closer together. We have been more supportive of each other, we have leaned on each other, we have been more caring towards each other. I personally have greatly leaned upon my Savior. I can truly say that He has walked with me and oft times carried me. Through my diligent reading, studying and learning of the scriptures and of the teachings of our church leaders, and the countless books, my testimony and faith have grown immensely. Never before have I been this close to my Heavenly Father and my Savior. There is a quote that I would like to share that has greatly helped me: 
"No pain that I suffer, no trial that I experience is wasted. It ministers to my education, to the development of such qualities, faith, fortitude and humility. All that I suffer and all that I endure, especially when I endure it patiently, builds up my character, purifies my heart, expands my soul, and makes me more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called a child of God... and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that I gain the education that I came here to acquire and which will make me more like my Father and Mother in heaven." 
                                                                                                                    Orson F. Whitney

 My trials have been no different than yours. I hope and pray that through your difficult times, you too have been blessed with the Saviors hand in your life, and that your hearts are turned to Him for strength and guidance. And always know that our Savior loves you.


💜 Rebecca Sanborn

Having the Knowledge of God's Plan Brings Peace to My Soul


I choose to believe because I have had many experiences where I know the Lord is there with me. Our 22-year-old son, Alec, just passed away a couple weeks ago. I truly believe that the other hard experiences I went through a few years ago, and the comfort that the Lord gave me during those times, helped me with this most recent loss. Life isn’t always easy, but the Lord is mindful of us and he will give us the comfort and strength to make it through any trial. During those hardest times is when I feel the closest to the Lord. I have heard his voice reminding me to “Be still." Having the knowledge of God’s plan brings peace to my soul. This mortal life is but a short time in that plan.

~Jana Richards

We Can Trust God in Good Times and Bad


I am thankful for my membership in and testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful for parents who daily taught me about what is right and what is wrong and how I should live my life. My dad taught us and reminded us all often that if we put God first everything else will work out.

Right now the world is in a state of confusion and full of contention. It can cause us to often have an inner conflict. I am so grateful I can always turn to My Father in Heaven in prayer and to the Book of Mormon for peace and guidance.
My favorite scripture is, “Be still and know that I am God.” Whenever worries seem to pile up and chaos surrounds, I try to focus on that. Our Father in Heaven knows me and each one of us. He loves us and our families. He knows what is best for us, even when we don’t always understand. He is in charge. I try to remember that He is always there and that He has a plan and then go forward in faith.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said in the October 2020 General Conference, “The point is faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf. “ May we have the strength, each one of us, to remain faithful and to look up.

~Ann Flint

I Choose to Believe in the Prince of Peace

Why do I choose to believe? Thinking about this question it all comes back to one answer...PEACE. Believing in Him is the one true path to peace in this life and in our eternal life to come. This knowledge brings so much comfort, relief, and help as we face challenges everyday. With each new day the world around us is changing - nothing is constant, nothing is stable. We have all been a witness to this and have all experienced it first hand in one way or another. Health, economy, careers, illness, death, struggling children or loved ones, finances - the list goes on and on. The one thing that is never changing is the love of our Savior and His eternal plan. Knowing that the Lord is in charge and is aware of us gives me so much peace and hope as we face our struggles, trials, fears, and heartaches.

Last year our family experienced a major trial that literally dropped me to my knees in fervent prayer. I remember countless times asking Heavenly Father to bring me peace and calm my heart. Putting my trust in Him, His plan, and His timing instantly brought a calming peace that washed over my entire body - like nothing I’ve experienced before. Looking back on those experiences I often think about how Heavenly Father never left me alone. Though he hasn’t taken away this trial, he has provided me/us with all the tools we need to grow and learn and become closer to Him. Reading the scriptures and words of our prophets, using the priesthood power and priesthood blessings, receiving the love and service of those around us, and heartfelt fervent prayer are just some of the blessings that have helped me. These actions on my part have opened the door for Heavenly Father to give me peace. Isn’t that what we all long for...PEACE.
L. Whitney Clayton’s talk “Choose to Believe” beautifully illustrates my feelings on why I choose to believe. He tells us, “The decision to believe is the most important choice we ever make.” I can not imagine going through this life with all the challenges we will face - ALONE. I have a testimony of Our Lord and Savior, Our Comforter, The Prince of Peace. Isn’t it awesome that His very name reflects the very peace we are all longing for! Elder Clayton continues, “If we are WILLING to believe, if we DESIRE to believe, if we CHOOSE to believe, then the Savior’s teachings and example will show us the pathway forward.” Isn’t that where we all want to eventually be - Back in our Heavenly home with our Savior and our families - surrounded by a love and peace that only the Savior can provide. I know he loves each of us soooo much! I know this to be true and I am eternally grateful for this knowledge. This knowledge is what brings me peace EVERYDAY! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

~Melissa Lunsford

Thank God for the Rain


I choose to believe because I have a testimony of our Heavenly Father's Plan, which is a plan of happiness. I know that no matter how difficult life may be, that as we look for the good things in life that good will come back to us. I recently read a talk by Elder Uchtdorf in which he talked about how sooner or later all of us experience times when the very fabric of our world tears at the seams, leaving us feeling alone, frustrated, and adrift. However, there is one thing we can do to make life sweeter and more joyful, and that is to be grateful. When life is difficult, it can be hard to be grateful, but if we focus on being grateful, despite our circumstances, whatever they may be, we can experience peace in the midst of tribulation. He asks, "How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God for the rain?"

Over the past several months, I've been able to see the silver lining, even though there are times when I feel anxious or worried. I've enjoyed the time I've been able to spend with my children, having sacrament meeting with my family and parents, spending time with close friends and family, and a slower pace where I've been able to accomplish things that normally I wouldn't have time for.
I'm so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. For the knowledge that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father. And that despite the challenges we face in life, that because of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the future is bright.
~Lari Frandsen

Heavenly Father is Always There -- I Was Never Left Alone

To be honest, as I was scrolling through this Facebook page I felt so inadequate to be putting my simple thoughts on a page filled with beautifully written words, by some amazingly inspired and strong women. Then I remembered why I “Choose to Believe.” I Choose to believe because I know that no matter how small or inadequate I feel, Heavenly Father still loves me. Just the way I am. He can hear my simple prayers pleading for help throughout the day. He sends me angels here on earth, many in the form of you wonderful sisters, helping me with my kids, being great friends and examples to me. I choose to believe because I know that this simple mother of 5, here in Layton Utah is loved by her Heavenly Father. I know that He answers our prayers, and I know that if we choose to find the good in the world, we will always see His hand it.

In March of this year, just like most of you, I found myself quarantined at home with 5 little ones. 2 of which I was trying to homeschool, and 3 others I was just trying to keep alive. ☺️ at the time it seemed so lonely and hard, but looking back over the past 7 months I was never left alone. I had ministering sisters checking in on us, neighbors dropping things off, wonderful school teachers who would try and help at the drop of a hat with any questions that we had (and there were a lot!). Bishop emails coming in each week, and awesomely planned social distanced relief society activities. He never left me “alone” but instead he had sent His earthly angels to watch over one another. I choose to believe because if we look hard enough He’s always there, and always has been. He loves me. He loves you. He loves us! That’s why I choose to believe. ❤️
Lots of love my sisters,
Kellie

Hold on to Your "Spiritually Defining Memories"

I choose to believe because I love Heavenly Father and His son, my Savior Jesus Christ. My love for them binds me to them. I have felt Their love for me in real, tangible ways - my own spiritual experiences with God. Elder Neil L. Anderson spoke about these experiences in his talk “Spiritually Defining Memories” from the April 2020 General Conference.

Elder Anderson said “Along with the peaceful direction we receive from the Holy Ghost, from time to time, God powerfully and very personally assures each of us that He knows us and loves us and that He is blessing us specifically and openly. Then, in our moments of difficulty, the Savior brings these experiences back into our mind.
Think of your own life. Over the years, I have listened to thousands of profoundly spiritual experiences from Latter-day Saints all across the world, confirming to me beyond any question that God knows and loves each of us and that He eagerly desires to reveal Himself to us. These experiences may come at pivotal times in our lives or in what may at first seem as uneventful happenings, but they are always accompanied by an exceptionally strong spiritual confirmation of the love of God.
Remembering these spiritually defining experiences takes us to our knees, declaring as did the Prophet Joseph: “What I received was from heaven. I know it, and I know that God knows that I know it.
As I think about my own life, I can gratefully say that I too have had experiences where God powerfully and very personally assured me that He knows me and loves me and that He is blessing me specifically and openly. I cling to these experiences and recount these moments when doubt creeps in.
One experience happened a few years ago. I had just learned that someone I loved dearly had left the church. It was a shock and a blow to me. It left me wondering “If they leave, why do I stay?” When the next General Conference came up, I listened intently to Elder Ballard’s talk “To Whom Shall We Go?” Elder Ballard spoke about church members struggling in their faith. It felt so applicable to my life and those around me. I re-read that talk many times. A few weeks after that general conference, I attended a stake training meeting. I was tired and discouraged. As I sat in the meeting I kept thinking “Why am I here? I don’t feel like this is really helpful.” Then the concluding speaker stood to speak. As she began, she said something to the effect of “I had prepared a message, but I don’t actually feel I should share that after all. I want to talk about Elder Ballard’s talk from conference.” At that moment I felt God’s love wash over me in abundance and I knew her words were for me. It was a sacred experience that I cherish. With Elder Anderson and the Prophet Joseph, I also say “What I received was from heaven. I know it, and I know that God knows that I know it.” And once again, I choose to believe.

~Ashley Pabst

Christ has Given "Beauty for Ashes" in My Life

I was recently thinking about what I was doing a year ago at this time. The kids were all in school. I was trying my hand at some home canning and thinking about Halloween decorations. Fast forward a year and canning is about the only thing that is familiar. We’re now a good six months or so into a once in a hundred year pandemic and it has put its mark on just about everything- church, work, school, and social lives. Meanwhile, our country is in an extremely divided time politically. There is civil unrest and protests around the nation as we try to work out our issues with race. There are wildfires that are consuming large swaths of the West. Even locally, there are contentions about school schedules, and wearing masks, etc. IT CAN BE A LOT.

When it is A LOT, I have learned to turn to my Heavenly Father in prayer and to turn to my Savior for comfort, counsel and example. I “CHOOSE to believe” in them because I have tested Christ’s gospel in my life and it works. I have trust in Jesus Christ because when I have put his counsel to the test, it has born out to be true. He has helped me through the darkness. He has helped me to grow and become stronger.

You see, as rough as this year has been it is not my hardest. My most difficult year was a few years back. I faced some challenges that absolutely shattered me. Every part of me and my life. It was so difficult that it even made me question my idea of who God must be. I couldn’t see how God could be a “loving Father” and have this happen. Why would He allow it?

There is a painting called “Hope” by George Fredric Watts (see photos) When I saw this painting, I could identify immediately with the woman in this painting. I felt blinded and struggling. I was down to my last string straining to hear any sound that might still be there to get me through.


That string was Jesus Christ. It was his life, his example and his teachings that saw me through. I held on and listened to that string for dear life and he did not let me down. Little by little he helped me to find my way. He was sure and unchanging. His teachings were true.

In Japan, there is an art form called Kintsugi, (see photos) where an artist will take a broken piece of pottery and glue it back together. Next they will take gold and place it in the repaired seams highlighting them and making it into something new. When this is done well, it can make them worth more than they were before. This is what Christ did for that shattered me. He put me back together and used my scars to make me into something new. Something better than I was before.


This is what Christ always does. No matter what hard thing you face, He can get you through. No matter what garbage you are given in life, He can make it into something of value and beauty. This is Christ. This is what He does. He gives us “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Isaiah 61:3). All we have to do is turn to Him. As that old young women’s song says, “Learn of [Him] and listen to [His] words. Walk in the meekness of [His] light and [He] will give you peace.”
So, when you find yourself down to your last string, listen closely to Christ. He will not fail you. Let Him work in your life. And then, when you find your song again, follow His example by making beauty out of the ugliness around you. Each of us will do this differently but we all can all do it. Ask yourself: What can I do? Can I build? Can I repair? Can I strengthen? Can I teach? Can I care for? Can I forgive? Can I protect? Can I create? It is within each of us to do something like Christ to make our current situations better and more lovely. I hope we can all follow His example. I send my love to you all. ❤️

~ Jamie

I Want to Give My Children the Same Choice I was Given

I look around and I feel like today’s world is the world foretold about in the scriptures of the last days. There is uncertainty and fear all around us. When I see this and the doubt that is overcoming so many, I find myself being thankful to my parents for teaching me the gospel. Because they taught me, I am afforded the ability to choose to believe or not. I choose to believe for so many reasons. However, the biggest reason I choose to believe, and act on that belief, is so I can give my children the same choice I was given. It is my greatest desire to be with my family for all eternity. I choose to believe for them.

~Kim Routson

Trust in the Lord and He Shall Direct Thy Paths

I choose to believe because I know that when I have trusted in Him he has led me through life’s ups, and perhaps more importantly life’s downs!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

When life gets difficult, I remember this scripture, I repeat it often, and I draw closer to Him. There are times I’ve found a quiet spot and prayed...literally opened my heart to him, and He has brought comfort and peace to my soul! Other times I’ve opened my scriptures and found guidance and direction applicable to me and the situation I’m facing!!

These experiences have led me to know that He was leading the way, carrying me through, comforting me, strengthening me, forgiving me, and bringing me light and understanding when I’ve needed it most.
I trust in Him, and choose to believe in Him, because really I think life would be too hard without Him. He is always there, the one person I know I can count on no matter what! He is waiting and wanting to help!! I invite you to “Trust in Him” and know that “He shall direct your paths,” bringing you comfort, peace, guidance and understanding beyond your own as well. ❤️

~Carolyn Burningham

The Peace of the Savior Subdues the Whirlwinds of the World


I have been pondering this question for a few days now, “Why do I choose to believe” and the answer that I keep thinking is that it is scary to think of what the alternative is. The Gospel brings me peace and hope. My daughter is serving a mission in Newport Beach California. When people ask me how she is doing I can’t help but smile. She brings light into my life; I can see the light of Christ in her eyes and I can feel the spirit (she calls them spirit chills) when she shares her experiences with us and all the tender mercies she is experiencing even in a Pandemic. People are looking for this same peace and hope that we already have and she gets to share the Good News of the Gospel with them. I feel so blessed each day that I know that God knows me, that he hears and answers my prayers. I am so grateful for the tender mercies in my life and my children’s that strengthen my testimony and remind me that God Is there, that he is in the details.

One of our family’s favorite movies is “Signs” and there is a quote that I think about often when things happen that give me the spirit chills. It is “People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than a coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just as a happy chance…See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky?”

I know that the more we recognize the Hand of God in our lives, the more we see it. “The peace of the Savior,“ said Elder Neil L. Anderson, “subdues the swirling whirlwinds of the world.” Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are and knows that we have faith in Him, love him, and keep his commandments, even and especially amid life’s devastating trials and tragedies. (Elder Cook)

~Wendy Johnson

Love More

In this unpredictable world that we are experiencing, it has been easy for me to feel anxious and frustrated. I have learned to pray with more intent and I have searched the scriptures more diligently . I believe, because doing these things brings me calm and peace and I feel His love for me. One thing that has never changed is the need to love others more. The guidance that the Holy Ghost has whispered to me as I teach beautiful children at school is to just love them more. Show more kindness and understanding. Speak softer. As I strive to do these things I have felt happiness in the storm of this life.

~Connie King