What a unique moment in my life to write you a note on why I choose to believe. I have some challenges I am facing right now that are weighing very heavy on my shoulders and in my heart. And while I am sitting here writing this, at my feet sit the fragrant aroma of yummy peaches, filling my nostrils knowing the deadline I am facing will prevent me from getting them bottled. Some things you just must let go.
A week ago my husband and I were studying the “Come Follow Me” chapters 3 Nephi 8-11. These are my most favorite scriptures we have. The people were gathered together at the temple in the land Bountiful and they were “conversing about this Jesus Christ.” Then they heard a voice and they understood not, “it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.” “Then the third time they heard the voice they opened their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.”
I listen for this voice every day.
As I have been listening, I have witnessed many miracles in the lives of my children, tangible miracles. I have witnessed miracles in my life, the finger of God reaching into my life and touching me and those I have stewardship over.
As I look out into the world on social media, the news, conversations of those around me, the fires on the west coast, the fear of Covid-19 I have found it all to be very loud and unsettling, wondering where the truth really lies. When I close my ears and mind to all of that and become still and open my ears and look with my eyes towards this other voice, a small voice, not a harsh voice, but a voice that makes my heart burn, I am comforted by the Holy Ghost letting me know that everything will be okay and that I am dearly loved and not forgotten by my Heavenly Father. Our Heavenly Father. President Russell M. Nelson said: “Does God really want to speak to you? YES!...Oh, there is so much more that your Father in Heaven wants you to know.”
As “I Choose to Believe” I hang on to the gospel principles I have been taught. I hang on to the covenants I have made with Him. I hang on to the teachings that happen in my home. I hang on to the gospel conversations I have with my adult children, their faith, their testimonies. My faith, my testimony, the Book of Mormon, are among my most prized possessions.
What an incredible time to be on earth, to witness first hand the unveiling of prophecy spoken to us in our day in the Book of Mormon. To be lead by modern day prophets in this dispensation. To be here with our loved ones offering love and support and having those actions strengthen our own testimony and bring us peace. Peace in Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice.