Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Happy 21st Birthday Jennifer

I would like to have this post based on a Happy Birthday post for my friend Jennifer/Jen

You may ask me "How did you first met Jennifer?"

On Wednesday; April 15th, last year - The Elders, Elder Hanson, and his companion Elder Otuafi got transferred and the ward finally got Sister Missionaries. I was very excited at the time. I called the missionaries' phone number and I was surprised that a Sister Missionary answered the phone call.

I was trying to encourage the Sister Missionaries to visit my family sometime during the day because on that evening, I was flying to Perth, Western Australia. I thought the Sister Missionaries was one off transfer. The Sister Missionaries was busy throughout that day.

Time was slipping by quickly. Time went very fast. I realised that I didn't get the chance to meet Jennifer and her companion until after staying in Perth for six weeks. I kept forgetting it was her who I was on the phone to before I left to Perth.
Jennifer kept reminding me a few times during your service in my ward to ask me "Do you remember the phone call that you made before you went to Perth and it was to a Sister Missionary? Well, that was me."

I have been great friends with Jennifer since I first met her. I had so many wonderful opportunities to go out with her and her companion for being member present for lessons and it was helping me a lot to stay focus on my mission preparations.

I still remember emailing Jennifer throughout the remaining of her mission after she left my ward. It was so sad for me knowing when she got transferred to a different ward, however, it was a great blessing for me to see her one last time at the Temple in January this year, unexpectedly.

Jennifer if you get to see this post, I would like to wish you a "Happy 21st Birthday and I hope you had a wonderful day! I miss you heaps." Jennifer, we need to video call/skype each other sometime when both of us are available.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Six Months ago yesterday since my Car Accident

I encourage you to think about the following two questions. "Where did the last six months go?" and
"What you were doing on Sunday; November 29th, last year?"

Exactly twelve weeks before the car accident, I started my mission papers.
Five nights before the car accident, I attended a Baptistery session with a few friends.

I would like to share with you a few highlights that I have achieved for that date.
In the morning, I had a Temple Recommend interview and received a new Temple Recommend.
In the afternoon, I went to two friends's combined farewell party and many photos was taken.

The weather was bad. There was hail, there was some loud thunderstorms, it was heavy raining, and it was very windy. After the bad weather, the clouds was clearing up to be sunny again but the roads and highways slippery wet, some roads had fallen trees.

Late afternoon to early evening, I left a close friend's house and within five minutes leaving her house, I had a car accident. A car accident that could have caused me suffering more than a few major injuries.
A car accident that could have cost my life. My car didn't have ABS (anti-brake system) and any airbags.
Yesterday reached six months ago since the car accident happened. I used to think a lot to ask myself the following two questions,

"Would I have changed my mind sooner about not going to or leaving sooner from two friends's combined farewell party?" and "Why did the car accident happen to me?"

I was so shocked straight away aftter the car accident happened. I suddenly felt so sorry. I was crying. I knew it was a mistake. It was a silly mistake that I ever did. I was very grateful for people who stopped on the side of the highway to ask ne if I was okay and if I have caused any injuries.

At the time, I didn't know what injuries was caused until I saw my GP. I saw a doctor before seeing my GP, and he mentioned that there was nothing wrong. My GP told me about the results from the other doctor and he advised me to have neck x-rays.

The findings from the neck x-rays wasn't good. I had major whiplash and I have neck muscle strain which isn't good and it was the injures from the car accident.

I would like to express a major thank to Heavenly Father for allowing me to continue living my life and progress to do better. I would like to thank family, friends and other people who have prayed for me. I would like to thank the friends who helped with me to pay back to my car insurer for the excess, although I paid most of the amount.

Since the car accident, I found out my faith and trust in Heavenly Father wasn't strong enough. I noticed my faith and trust in Heavenly Father has been strengthened. I also noticed my testimony was strengthened and grew stronger. I noticed and learned a lot of other things.

I shared this post because I think it is a milestone to reach six months ago since my car accident. It is hard to believe in another six months, it will reach one year ago since my car accident.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Never Had an Ordinary Day

This post is short and sweet. First and foremost, I encourage you to think about and answer the following question. "What does it mean Never Had an Ordinary Day to you?"

This post is based on a song that I also love called, "Never Had an Ordinary Day by Katherine Nelson." This song is one of the soundtracks from a movie called "Emma Smith, My Story."

If you haven't heard the song before, I strongly encourage you to listen to the song in your own time. I would like to share with you the video clip of the song below and I really hope you can see video clip.
If you can't see the video above, here's the link to the video below.

I have two questions for you to think about and answer in your own time if you have watched the video clip and listened to the song carefully. Those questions are:
"What was your most favourite part of the song?" and "What was your least favourite part of the song?" 

I would like to share with you my most favourite part of the song. My most favourite part of the song was, "I´m sure when your heart breaks, some people will say "Somewhere down the line you lost your faith."
Some people can lose their faith whenever they are feeling down and no one comes to rescue them from feeling down. 

Some people can lose their faith whenever they are feeling upset because their loved one has passed away and no one comes to comfort them.  

Some people can lose their faith whenever they are feeling sad and no one comes to rescue them from feeling sad. 

We all need to look for a brighter future whenever we are feeling down.
We all need to look for a brighter future whenever we are feeling upset.
We all need to look for a brighter future whenever we are feeling sad. 

I don't have a least favourite of the song. If you haven't heard the movie called "Emma Smith, My Story" I strongly encourage you to watch the movie in your own time. It is a realy great movie to watch on a Sabbath Day and/or any day during the week.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Be of Good Cheer

First and foremost, I encourage you to think and answer the following question in your own time.
"What does it mean to Be of Good Cheer to you?"

This post is based on an April 2009 General Conference talk called "Be of Good Cheer" by President Thomas S. Monson and I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

President Monson mentioned,
"It would be easy to become discouraged and cynical about the future or even fearful of what might come if we allowed ourselves to dwell only on that which is wrong in the world and in our lives. Today, however, I’d like us to turn our thoughts and our attitudes away from the troubles around us and to focus instead on our blessings as members of the Church. The Apostle Paul declared, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

None of us makes it through this life without problems and challenges and sometimes tragedies and misfortunes. After all, in large part we are here to learn and grow from such events in our lives. We know that there are times when we will suffer, when we will grieve, and when we will be saddened. However, we are told, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”

How might we have joy in our lives, despite all that we may face? Again from the scriptures: “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you.”

The history of the Church in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times, is replete with the experiences of those who have struggled and yet who have remained steadfast and of good cheer as they have made the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of their lives. This attitude is what will pull us through whatever comes our way. It will not remove our troubles from us but rather will enable us to face our challenges, to meet them head on, and to emerge victorious.
Too numerous to mention are the examples of all the individuals who have faced difficult circumstances and yet who have persevered and prevailed because their faith in the gospel and in the Savior has given them the strength they have needed.

From the holy scriptures we read, “Behold, the righteous, the saints of the Holy One of Israel, they who have believed in [Him], they who have endured the crosses of the world, … they shall inherit the kingdom of God, … and their joy shall be full forever.”

I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.

My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith."

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time,. Here's the link to the talk below.

If you can't see the Image that I shared for this post, it says "Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith. - President Thomas S. Monson."

Stay Tuned until next time.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

I Will

This post is short and sweet. This post is based on a song that I love called "I Will" by Hilary Weeks. If you haven't heard the song before, I strongly encourage you to listen to the song in your own time. I would like to share with you the video clip of the song below.
If you can't see the video, here's the link to the video below.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgOp-Ze1oZo

If you have listened to the song, what was your favourite part of the song. My favourite part is shared as a part,
If you can't see what the Image says, it says "I will stand. I will not fall in a world that's weak. I will be strong." I think many of us need to strive to be strong more in this life whenever we go through trials, tribulations, hardships, challenges, difficult times, and other times that brings us down. 

I am aware that at times it is hard to be strong whenever people go through their own  trials, tribulations, hardships, challenges,  difficult times and other times that brings them down. It is normal to go through those type of times in life. 

I strongly encourage you for the next time you are going through a trial or tribulation or a hardship or a challenge or a difficult time or other time that brings you down, to strive your very best to be strong, strive your very best to remember to find comfort, find guidance from Heavenly Father how to feel peace, joy and happiness again, always remember to look up, etc. 

I know it is hard but I know you can get through it all one day. Take one step at a time. 

Stay Tuned until next time. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Obedience through Our Faithfulness

This post is based on April 2014 General Conference talk called "Obedience through Our Faithfulness" by Elder L.Tom Perry. I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk this evening.

Elder Perry mentioned "To succeed in life, we must teach our spirit and body to work together in obedience to God’s commandments. If we heed the gentle promptings of the Holy Ghost, it can unite our spirits and bodies in a purpose that will guide us back to our eternal home to live with our eternal Father in Heaven.

Our third article of faith teaches us about the importance of obedience: “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”

The Apostle Paul taught, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

I recognize that the challenges associated with having faith in Jesus Christ and obedience will be more difficult for some than others. I have had enough years of experience to know that the personalities of horses can be very different and, therefore, some horses can be easier or more difficult to train and that the variety of people is far greater. Each of us is a son or daughter of God,
Too often we think of obedience as the passive and thoughtless following of the orders or dictates of a higher authority. Actually, at its best, obedience is an emblem of our faith in the wisdom and power of the highest authority, even God. When Abraham demonstrated his unwavering faithfulness and obedience to God, even when commanded to sacrifice his son, God rescued him.

Similarly, when we demonstrate our faithfulness through obedience, God will ultimately rescue us. and we have a unique premortal and mortal story. Accordingly, there are very few one-size-fits-all solutions. And so I fully recognize the trial-and-error nature of life and, most importantly, the constant need of the second principle of the gospel, even repentance.

Those who rely solely on themselves and follow only their own desires and self-inclinations are so limited when compared to those who follow God and tap into His insight, power, and gifts. It has been said that someone who is all wrapped up in himself or herself makes a very small package. Strong, proactive obedience is anything but weak or passive. It is the means by which we declare"

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time and here is the link below.
www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/obedience-through-our-faithfulness

If you can't see the Image that I shared on this post, the Image says "Obedience is a choice. It is a choice between our own limited knowledge and power and God's unlimited wisdom and omnipotence. L. Tom Perry."

Stay Tuned until next time.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Happy 23rd Birthday to Sha

This post is short and sweet.

First and foremost, I would like to wish my friend Sha a Happy 23rd Birthday and I hope she will have a great day. I remembered meeting my friend Sha when she was 20 years and when I was 17 years at Brisbane Temple approaching to 3 years ago. It is crazy how time flies.

I consider Sha as a great friend because I get to talk to her regularly but we used to talk to each other very often, she is a great friend to spend some time with, and I love having conversations with her.
If you can't see the Image above but it is a photo of me and Sha when we last saw each other which was at YSA Ball last year. I decided to share with you, each letter of her name for describe Sha.

She is ...
So pretty
Happy
Amazing

I haven't seen Sha for almost a year ago and I am okay with that because she has been very busy with her studies and learning a dance. I am looking forward to when I get to see her again. I am looking forward to spend some time with her again.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Remember to turn to Heavenly Father

I love going out with the Full-Time Missionaries whenever I get the opportunity to because I always strive my best to teach with the spirit, I always notice my testimony keep getting stronger each time, and most times I feel that I have the knowledge of knowing what to say.

This post isn't about my gratitude for the Full-Time Missionaries. This post is about some things that I know about Heavenly Father.

I know why many people has been finding it difficult to put their faith and trust in Heavenly Father and I know that you may find it hard to believe and understand it.

The reasons why many people has been finding it difficult to put their faith and trust in Heavenly Father is because some people choose ask Heavenly Father some questions such as 
"Who are you to me?" "How can I find peace and joy during a difficult time?" 
"Why do I have to suffer from someone else's bad consquences?"
"Why did you allow some bad things happen to good people?" 
"Why did you take one of my loved ones from me?" 
Some people choose to feel sad and alone when they are going through difficult time and they don't know who they can turn to, 
I know that Heavenly Father always would be happy whenever his children are making the righteous choices. I know that Heavenly Father always would like all of his children to be happy and cheerful.

I know that Heavenly Father always would be happy whenever his children are striving their best to stay positive during difficult times, to know that they are never alone, to know who they can turn to when they are seeking unanswered questions, to become better people than they were in the past and striving their best to accomplish their short term goals and their long term goals. 

I know that Heavenly Father is always here to listen and answer your prayers.
I know that Heavenly Father is always willing to help you through your trials.

I know that Heavenly Father is always willing to help you through your challenges. 
I know that Heavenly Father is always willing to help you through your difficulities. 

I love the Image that I have shared for this post. If you can't see it, it says "He will not always take your afflictions from you, but he will comfort and lead you with love through whatever storm you face. - Thomas S. Monson."

Stay Tuned until next time.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary for my parents

This post is short and sweet. When I first thought about 22, immediately I thought about the song called 22 by Taylor Swift. If you haven't heard the song before, I encourage you to listen to the song in your own time.

Today reaches 22 years ago since my parents got sealed in Sydney LDS Temple, in other words they got married 22 years ago today.It is amazing how time flies so fast.

I am so happy for my parents to make it to 22 years of their marriage so far. My parents means a lot to me. Many thanks to my parents for teaching me some lessons that I needed to know such as learning how to walk, how to do the laundry. etc. Many thanks for my parents for putting up with me.
I know both of my parents have done a lot of things for me and the rest of the family.
I know both of my parents cares about me and the rest of the family.

I know both of my parents supports me and the rest of the family.
I know both of my parents loves me and the rest of the family.

I know both of my parents are strong whenever they go through trials.
I know both of my parents are appreciative.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Always Learning Something New

What a beautiful morning it was for me and my guy friend named Jacob. We attended a wonderful Baptistery Session together with a few other members. For me, it was amazing feeling to be back 
at the Temple. I love the Temple so much. 

This morning, I felt so much comfort, so much happiness and peace. While Jacob was attending Endowment session at the Temple, I decided to wait for him. After 45 minutes after he went in, I decided to blog. I am excited to tell you that I learned a lot of lessons today and I am willing to share with you a few of those lessons.

Lesson #1 - Wait and listen to the members when they ask questions about something they aren't 100% certain about or just to check things so that they aren't getting the wrong impression. 

I was waiting inside the Temple in the waiting room and about 15 minutes after Jacob left me, a breathen saw me sitting alone and reading the past month issue of New Era. He decided to ask me some serious questions and my mind thought those questions was funny.

He had the impression that me and Jacob was together/boyfriend and girlfriend. I would like to share with you the 2 questions that he asked me and it was in order. He allowed me to answer the questions after asking me 3 questions at a time. "Where did your boyfriend go?" "Wait, is he your boyfriend?" 

I explained to the breathen that Jacob isn't my boyfriend, he is my friend. He is in Endownment session, The breathen was amazed and there was a Sister who was listening the conversation, she seemed shocked. 
Lesson #2 - Some things takes longer than expected to heal after the pain has been caused.
I don't really want to share the experience how I learnt the lesson. It is too personal to share. All I could describe it as, it was painful and I didn't want to talk. I knew I had to say something. After I did say something so a little, I immediately walked outside of the Temple. 

I was hoping the pain will just go away. The pain wouldn't go away straight away. I was feeling so disappointed at myself because I knew that I would feel uncomfortable at sometime at the Temple this day. 

I thank the Holy Ghost and Heavenly Father for warning me but I still went ahead to go to the Temple and attended a session with Jacob. I eventually feel happiness again about 10 minutes or so later.

Lesson #3 - Sharing thanks to Heavenly Father more often and sharing thanks for other things.
I thought I was already thanking Heavenly Father enough. I just found out that I wasn't thanking Heavenly Father enough and I needed to share thanks with him more often and sharing thanks for other things. There are many opportunities to thank Heavenly Father for other things.

I am still amazed for myself to feel so appreciative for him and the Holy Ghost to warn me about feeling uncomfortable at the Temple. Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost are amazing.

I could share all the other lessons, but it was so many. 

Stay Tuned until next time.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

18 Months in Brazil Belo Horizonte {M Cramer}

My friend Melody C future Sister Cramer received her mission call after waiting for 2 weeks and a half. I must admit that I am still very happy for her and I am still a little jealous that she got her mission call so quickly. She opened her mission call on Monday evening. Congratulations Melody!

You may ask me the following questions, "When did you first met Melody?" "Where did you first met Melody?" and "How did you meet Melody?"

On February 21st this year, it was a Sunday evening and at Kawartha chapel was when and where I first met Melody. I meet Melody when she was having a conversation with a few of my YSA friends outside near the front doors of the chapel.

I could tell that she was very excited to go to Gatton University. I could also tell that she was excited to move into Gatton. The only reason why she mentioned Gatton because no one knew Laidley was until I spoke up and told her that I knew Laidley was. I mentioned it was the same suburb as me where I was living at the time. I mentioned to her that she will be moving into my ward.

She was very happy because she made a new YSA friend, and knowing that new YSA friend is in the new ward. When she told me what course she would be studying at Gatton University, I knew straight away that I need to find my sister Emma.
When I walked into the chapel, I found Emma and I introduced Melody to Emma. They talked to each other for awhile. It was amazing to know all of that meeting up happened almost 3 months ago.

I considered Melody as a great friend to me. I am so grateful that I have met her when I did. I still couldn't believe that me and her met. I had some fun times with her by getting to know her better, taking to her to Institute, talking to her often and doing other things for each other.

Anyway, she got called to serve in Brazil Belo Horizonte Mission for 18 months. She will have to prepare and preach the gospel in the Portuguese language. She will be leaving on September 13th, this year. I am not ready for her to leave me. I hope her companions, her district leaders, her zone leaders, the investigators in the wards and branches that she meets, the members in the wards and branches that she meets, her mission president, her mission president's wife will be kind to Melody.

I hope they all will take care of Melody. I don't have much else to say.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

How to Stay Motivated?

This post is short and sweet. I know I did a similar blog post to this post called, "How to Keep Yourself Motivated in Difficult Times?" I would like to share how to stay motivated in general and I really love the Image below.
If you can't see the Image above, it says "How to stay motivated
Take it one day at a time
Surround yourself with positivity
Create a vision board
Make S,M.A.R.T goals
Reward yourself
Believe in yourself
Acknowledge your positive attributes
Recognize your progress
Visualize accomplishing your goals
Be Kind to yourself
Don't Compare yourself to others"

I guess you could have that Image as a guide to staying motivated. I know for myself that I don't have a list to guide me to stay motivated because I already know that I have been doing most of the things that have mentioned in the Image.

Those most things are I always strive my best to take one day at a time, I always try to surround myself with positivity, I always believe in myself, I always strive to acknowledge my positive attributes, being kind to myself and I don't compare myself to others.

I encourage you to find a spare time to think about and answering the following three questions in your own time. Are you helping someone to stay motivated? That someone can be a relative or a friend.

 Is it hard for you to stay motivated at this present moment? and What are you doing to stay motivated?

Stay Tuned until next time.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

8 Weeks wait and Still Counting

Aaaaaaah! My friend Melody who waited 2 weeks and a half for her mission call to arrive, who is a year younger than me and a friend who moved into my ward from the Gold Coast about 3 months ago, she had a wonderful opportunity to be very happy this evening because she got to open her mission call tonight.

I think I will make another post about where she got called to serve, when she will be reporting to the MTC/Missionary Training Center and what language she has to prepare and teach the gospel in.

She was able to find out what language you will have to prepare and teach the gospel for her mission.
She was able to find out when she will be reporting to the MTC/Missionary Training Center.
She was able to find out all information that she needs to know before her mission.
She was able to find out all information that she needs to do before her mission.

I was so happy for her and I am grateful that she made the decision to go and serve a mission. I know that she will make a great Sister Missionary one day. I must admit that I am a little jealous because she got her mission call way before me and it is so unfair.

I got a little distracted and back to the main purpose for this post. I encourage you to think about the following question, What was the first thing came to your mind when you read this blog post's title
"8 Weeks wait and Still Counting"?
I can tell you that I have been waiting for my mission call for 8 weeks and my mission call still hasn't arrived. I have seen many YSAs getting their mission calls way before me. I have seen many YSAs getting engaged quickly. I have seen some people getting married at a young age and don't get themselves attending much in Young Single Adults events.

I don't know if Heavenly Father has other plans in store for me instead of going a mission or not.
I don't know what the reasons are why my mission call still hasn't arrive.

I could only hope that my mission call will arrive soon. It has been so hard to stay strong and remain positive during the wait for my mission call to arrive. Heavenly Father has been teaching me a lot of patience.

I expected my mission call would have arrived within 3 weeks to 6 weeks. I never expected my mission call to arrive after 6 weeks. I just want my mission call to arrive here already and start counting down the days until I leave to report to the Missionary Training Center. After the time for being in the MTC/Missionary Training Center, I can start counting down the days until I return home.
I still get asked if I was a Returned Missionary.

I don't have much else to say.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Overcome

This post is short and sweet. I would like to share with you some questions based on overcome. 
I encourage you to answer the following questions in your own time.

What did you do to overcome your past struggles? What did you do to overcome your new struggles?
What did you do to overcome your past challenges? What did you do to overcome your new challenges?

What did you do to overcome your past weaknesses and your new weaknesses?
What did you do to overcome your past difficulties and your new difficulties?
What did you do to overcome the feeling of being worthless in the past?
What did you do to overcome the feeling of being unloved in the past?

What did you do to overcome the feeling of being heartbroken in the past?
What did you do to overcome the feeling of being alone in the past?

What did you do to overcome after losing a long term friendship with someone?
What did you do to overcome after losing a short term friendship with someone?

What did you do to overcome your past hardships and your new hardships?
What did you do to overcome after losing a loved one?

Each individual has their own ways to overcome their past challenges and new challenges.
Each individual has their own ways to overcome their past struggles and new struggles.

Each individual has their own ways to overcome their past weaknesses and new weaknesses.
Each individual has their own ways to overcome their past trials and new trials.

Each individual has their own ways to overcome their past difficulties and new difficulties.
Each individual has their own ways to overcome feeling of being worthless.

Each individual has their own ways to overcome feeling of being unloved.
Each individual has their own ways to overcome feeling of being heartbroken.
Each individual has their own ways to overcome feeling of being alone.

If you can't see the Image of this post, it says "the struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow."

Stay Tuned until next time.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Hope in Christ

I encourage you to answer the following question in your own time. What does Hope in Christ means to you?

This post is based on an October 1986 General Women's Conference talk from General Conference called "Hope in Christ" by Sister Barbara W. Winder. I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

Sister Winder mentioned, "As our Father and the Savior planned for us to come to earth, they said, “We will prove them herewith, to see if they [you and I] will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them” (Abr. 3:25). This was to become a testing ground; we would come to an understanding of good and evil, of happiness and suffering, of joy and pain. We knew the plan. We desired it; we endorsed it. We defended it. We even fought for it!

With eagerness and excitement, we came to earth to learn each of us having our own particular set of circumstances with trials and temptations to overcome.

We were not left without hope. Our Savior, through his atonement, has made it possible for us to obtain salvation. He will not leave us helpless as we struggle to overcome the adversities of this life.There are so many kinds of challenges: the frustrations and disappointments of disobedient children or a difficult marriage, the loneliness of an empty house when one is so eagerly seeking companionship, the long upward road to repentance, or the difficulty of keeping a positive attitude and counting our blessings even in times of hardship.

The example of the Savior’s life and the teachings that he left us are patterns for us to follow. He faced trials similar to those we experience; he handled each situation in a perfect manner. In the wilderness of Judea and the Garden of Gethsemane, we witness two of the most grievous temptations of Christ, but during no part of his days in the flesh was he free from temptation. Otherwise his life would have been no human life at all. We read in Mosiah, “And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer” (Mosiah 3:7).

Which of us has not known disappointment, discouragement, and despair? That is one of the tests for all of us. Consider the Prophet Joseph, as he languished in Liberty Jail in March of 1839, having been there for months, knowing that his people had been driven from their homes and were destitute. His cry is touching: “O God, where art thou? … How long shall thy hand be stayed?” (D&C 121:1–2).
And then the soothing answer came from a kind and loving Father: “Thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; “And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes” (D&C 121:7–8).

An then, later, tenderly, “Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good” (D&C 122:7). Most of us have witnessed how living the gospel can change the lives of people in a positive way.

Sister Barnes writes: “As we read the scriptures, we found that Jesus gave the instruction to ‘be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee’ (Matt. 9:2), indicating that as we truly repent and forsake our sins, we may be optimistic about the future. He said, ‘Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me’ (John 14:1). And we do believe in him, and this belief has changed our lives. We now feel that we can say, as Paul did, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me’” (Philip. 4:13).

Another sister wrote: “On August 3, my twenty-one-year-old son broke his neck in a diving accident six hundred miles from home. He hovers near death, but we are at peace. We do not understand the reason this had to happen, but we do understand the gospel.”

Elder Richard L. Evans was sensitive to the need to prepare spiritually and emotionally for difficult times: “We have to prepare even for what we are unprepared for and do the best we can … to improve, to repent, to be grateful for all that is good and to have faith and hope even [in hard times]. …

“And whatever happens in the interim, there is solid assurance that life is everlasting, and that eternal progress is its purpose” (Richard L. Evans, Thoughts for One Hundred Days: Volume Four, Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1970, p. 169).

Let us recognize and be grateful for the blessings we have. From the Savior comes hope! Understanding the gospel, doing his works of righteousness, and following the counsel of our prophet are our assurance of the realization of that hope."

If you can't see the Image for this post, it says "Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible."

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time. Here's the link,
www.lds.org/general-conference/1986/10/hope-in-christ

Stay Tuned until next tme.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Finding Strength in Challenging Times!

First and foremost, what does finding strength in challenging times means to you? This post is based on an April 2009 General Conference talk called "Finding Strength in Challenging Times!" by Elder Allan F. Packer. I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

Elder Packer mentioned "Brothers and sisters, individuals and families across the world are challenged by current conditions. While I believe there are serious challenges ahead, I also know it is a wonderful time to be alive, especially for the youth.

These are the days when prophecies are being fulfilled. We live in the dispensation of the fulness of times, which is the time to prepare for the Savior’s return. It is also the time to work out our own salvation.

When the winds blow and the rains pour, they blow and pour on all. Those who have built their foundations on bedrock rather than sand survive the storms. There is a way to build on bedrock by developing a deep personal conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and knowing how to receive inspiration. We must know and know that we know. We must stand spiritually and temporally independent of all worldly creatures.

This begins by understanding that God the Father is the Father of our spirits and that He loves us, that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and Savior, and that the Holy Ghost can communicate with our minds and our hearts. This is how we receive inspiration. We need to learn how to recognize and apply these promptings.

We need to be acquainted with the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and we need to practice and apply gospel teachings until they become natural and automatic. These promptings become the foundation of our testimonies. Then our testimonies will keep us happy and safe in troubled times.

At another time Elder Oaks said, “Testimony is to know and to feel, conversion is to do and to become.”There are several things we can do to develop a deep conversion and learn how to receive divine inspiration. First, we must have a desire.

To study and learn is the next step. This includes pondering, which broadens and deepens our testimonies. “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right.”

We can learn how answers come through inspiration. They come as thoughts and feelings to our minds and hearts. Occasionally answers may come as a burning in the bosom. Joseph Smith told us to watch for answers by paying attention to the thoughts and feelings that come into our minds. Over time we will learn to recognize these as promptings.
He said: “A person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; (i.e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus.”

 If we have unrealistic expectations of how, when, or where answers come, we risk missing the answers which come as quiet, reassuring feelings and thoughts that most often come after our prayers, while we are doing something else. These answers can be equally convincing and powerful.

Over time we will receive answers and learn how inspiration comes. This is something each person learns for himself. Next, asking for a testimony of truth opens the window of inspiration. Prayer is the most common and powerful way to invite inspiration. In time, a personal witness will come and we will know and know that we know.

We will then be independent of all other worldly things, for “by the power of the Holy Ghost [we] may know the truth of all things” which are right and expedient for us. We will receive strength, comfort, and help to make good decisions and act with confidence in troubled times.

This witness is not limited to the leaders but is available to all men, women, youth, and even little children. Having the capacity to receive personal inspiration will be necessary in the coming days.

This is a great time to be alive! The Lord needs each of us. This is our day; it is our time!"

If you can't see the Image of this post, it says "Challenges are at times an indication of the Lord's trust in you. - D. Todd Christofferson."

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time and here's the link below.
www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/04/finding-strength-in-challenging-times

Stay Tuned until next time.

Friday, 13 May 2016

What If

There are many people in this world in this life ask some or many what if the type of questions. I know that I ask myself those type of questions time to time and sometimes I hear some people asking those type of questions out loud. For an example of What If a type of question.
"What If I did something sooner that would have changed my future decisions for the better?"

What If I chose not to act upon the personal revelations that I receive for myself throughout this life? What If the only way to get through this life is learning life lessons in a difficult way? 

What If I chose not to put my faith and trust in Heavenly Father throughout this life?
What If I chose not to follow Heavenly Father's Plan/The Plan of Salvation?

What If I chose not to be baptised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints?
What If I chose to be baptised but not following the gospel teachings in the correct order? 
What If I chose to make other unrighteous decisions throughout this life?

What If I was able to experience pain-free throughout this life?
What If I was able to face no challenges throughout this life?

What If I was able to face no difficulties throughout this life?
What If I was able to face no tribulations throughout this life?
In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to accept who are going to become.
In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to accept who we were in the past.
In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to accept who we are right now.

In order for all of us to progress in this life, we were all given Agency since birth. 
In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to face tribulations throughout our lives.
In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to face difficulties throughout our lives.

In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to face unexpected trials throughout our lives.
In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to face challenges throughout our lives.

In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to put our faith and trust in Heavenly Father. 
In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need to forgive one another like Jesus Christ would. 

In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need love another like Jesus Christ did.
In order for all of us to progress in this life, we all need experience pain.

I choose to act upon the personal revelations that I receive for myself throughout my life.
I choose to put my faith and trust in Heavenly Father constantly throughout my life.
I choose to follow Heavenly Father's Plan/The Plan of Salvation throughout my life.

Sometimes, I choose to learn a few lessons in a difficult way throughout my life.
I choose to be baptised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
I choose to strive my best to follow gospel teachings in the correct order. 

I choose to accept who I am going to become. I choose to accept who I was in the past. 
I choose to accept who I am right now. I choose to face tribulations throughout my life.
I choose to face difficulties throughout my life. 

I choose to experience pain throughout my life. I choose to face unexpected trials throughout my life.
I choose to face challenges throughout my life, I choose to forgive others like Jesus Christ would.
I choose to love others like Jesus Christ did.

What are some of your What If questions? 
Stay Tuned until next time.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Your Greatest Challenge, Mother

This post is based on an October 2000 General Conference talk called "Your Greatest Challenge, Mother" by Gordon B. Hinckley. I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

President Hinckley mentioned, "Your hearts are all of one kind. You are gathered together because you love the Lord. You have a testimony and conviction concerning His living reality. You pray unto the Father in Jesus’ name. You understand the efficacy of prayer. You are wives and mothers. You are widows and single mothers carrying very heavy burdens. You are newly married women, and you are women who have not married. You are a vast concourse of women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Along with Sister Dew, I charge you to stand tall and be strong in defense of those great virtues which have been the backbone of our social progress. When you are united, your power is limitless. You can accomplish anything you wish to accomplish. And oh, how very, very great is the need for you in a world of crumbling values where the adversary seems so very much to be in control.

Teach your children when they are very young and small, and never quit. As long as they are in your home, let them be your primary interest. I take the liberty tonight of suggesting several things that you might teach them. The list is not complete. You can add other items.

Teach them to seek for good friends. They are going to have friends, good or bad. Those friends will make a vast difference in their lives. It is important that they cultivate an attitude of tolerance toward all people, but it is more important that they gather around them those of their own kind who will bring out the best they have within them. Otherwise they may be infected with the ways of their associates.

Teach them to value education. “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth” (D&C 93:36).

Teach them to respect their bodies. The practice is growing among young people of tattooing and piercing their bodies. The time will come when they will regret it, but it will then be too late. The scriptures unequivocally declare:

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Cor. 3:16–17).
Teach them to be honest. The jails of the world are filled with people who began their evil activities with small acts of dishonesty. A small lie so often leads to a greater lie. A small theft so often leads to a greater theft. Soon the individual has woven a web from which he cannot extricate himself. The broad road to prison begins as a small and attractive pathway.

Teach them to be virtuous. Teach young men to respect young women as daughters of God endowed with something very precious and beautiful. Teach your daughters to have respect for young men, for boys who hold the priesthood, boys who should and do stand above the tawdry evils of the world.

Teach them to pray. None of us is wise enough to make it on our own. We need the help, the wisdom, the guidance of the Almighty in reaching those decisions that are so tremendously important in our lives. There is no substitute for prayer. There is no greater resource.

God bless you, dear friends. Do not trade your birthright as a mother for some bauble of passing value. Let your first interest be in your home. The baby you hold in your arms will grow quickly as the sunrise and the sunset of the rushing days. I hope that when that occurs you will not be led to exclaim as did King Lear, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” (King Lear, I, iv, 312). Rather, I hope that you will have every reason to be proud concerning your children, to have love for them, to have faith in them, to see them grow in righteousness and virtue before the Lord, to see them become useful and productive members of society. If with all you have done there is an occasional failure, you can still say, “At least I did the very best of which I was capable. I tried as hard as I knew how. I let nothing stand in the way of my role as a mother.” Failures will be few under such circumstances."

If you can't see the Image for this post, it says "I know of no better answer to [the] foul practices that confront our young people than the teachings of a mother, given in love with an unmistakable warning."

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time. Here's the link below.
www.lds.org/general-conference/2000/10/your-greatest-challenge-mother

Stay Tuned until next time.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Mothers Who Know

This post is based on an October 2007 General Conference talk called "Mothers Who Know" by Sister Julie B. Beck." I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

Sister Beck mentioned, "Mothers Who Know Bear Children
Faithful daughters of God desire children. In the scriptures we read of Eve, Sarah, Rebekah and Mary, who were foreordained to be mothers before children were born to them. Some women are not given the responsibility of bearing children in mortality, but just as Hannah of the Old Testament prayed fervently for her child, the value women place on motherhood in this life and the attributes of motherhood they attain here will rise with them in the Resurrection. Women who desire and work toward that blessing in this life are promised they will receive it for all eternity, and eternity is much, much longer than mortality. There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.


Mothers Who Know Honor Sacred Ordinances and Covenants
Mothers who know honor sacred ordinances and covenants. I have visited sacrament meetings in some of the poorest places on the earth where mothers have dressed with great care in their Sunday best despite walking for miles on dusty streets and using worn-out public transportation. They bring daughters in clean and ironed dresses with hair brushed to perfection; their sons wear white shirts and ties and have missionary haircuts. These mothers know they are going to sacrament meeting, where covenants are renewed. These mothers have made and honor temple covenants. They know that if they are not pointing their children to the temple, they are not pointing them toward desired eternal goals. These mothers have influence and power.

Mothers Who Know Are Nurturers
Mothers who know are nurturers. This is their special assignment and role under the plan of happiness. To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow. Therefore, mothers who know create a climate for spiritual and temporal growth in their homes. Another word for nurturing is homemaking.

Homemaking includes cooking, washing clothes and dishes, and keeping an orderly home. Working beside children in homemaking tasks creates opportunities to teach and model qualities children should emulate. Nurturing mothers are knowledgeable, but all the education women attain will avail them nothing if they do not have the skill to make a home that creates a climate for spiritual growth.

Mothers Who Know Are Leaders
Mothers who know are leaders. In equal partnership with their husbands, they lead a great and eternal organization. These mothers plan for the future of their organization. They plan for missions, temple marriages, and education. They plan for prayer, scripture study, and family home evening. Mothers who know build children into future leaders and are the primary examples of what leaders look like. They do not abandon their plan by succumbing to social pressure and worldly models of parenting. These wise mothers who know are selective about their own activities and involvement to conserve their limited strength in order to maximize their influence where it matters most.
Mothers Who Know Are Teachers
Mothers who know are always teachers. Since they are not babysitters, they are never off duty. Think of the power of our future missionary force if mothers considered their homes as a pre–missionary training center. Then the doctrines of the gospel taught in the MTC would be a review and not a revelation. That is influence; that is power.

Mothers Who Know Do Less
Mothers who know do less. They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally. They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home. Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying. These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all.

Mothers Who Know Stand Strong and Immovable
Who will prepare this righteous generation of sons and daughters? Latter-day Saint women will do this women who know and love the Lord and bear testimony of Him, women who are strong and immovable and who do not give up during difficult and discouraging times. We are led by an inspired prophet of God who has called upon the women of the Church to “stand strong and immovable for that which is correct and proper under the plan of the Lord.” He has asked us to “begin in [our] own homes” to teach children the ways of truth. Latter-day Saint women should be the very best in the world at upholding, nurturing, and protecting families."

If you can't see the Image that I have shared for this post, it says,
"MOTHERS WHO KNOW ...
Bear Children Faithful daughters of God desire children.
Make Covenants Mothers who know honor sacred ordinances and covenants.
Are Nurturers Mothers who know are nurturers.
Are Teachers Mothers who know are always teachers.
Do Less Mothers who know do less.
Stand Strong & Immovable Who will prepare this righteous generation of sons and daughters?"

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time. Here's the link.
www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/10/mothers-who-know

Stay Tuned until next time.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Because She Is a Mother

This post is based on an April 1997 General Conference talk called "Because She Is a Mother" by Jeffrey R. Holland and I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

Brother Holland mentioned,
"To the women within the sound of my voice who dearly want to be mothers and are not, I say through your tears and ours on that subject, God will yet, in days that lie somewhere ahead, bring “hope to [the] desolate heart.” Today I wish to praise those motherly hands that have rocked the infant’s cradle and, through the righteousness taught to their children there, are at the very center of the Lord’s purposes for us in mortality.

In speaking of mothers generally, I especially wish to praise and encourage young mothers. The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work.

Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones. Husbands especially husbands as well as Church leaders and friends in every direction, be helpful and sensitive and wise. Remember, “To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

Mothers, we acknowledge and esteem your faith in every footstep. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever. And if, for whatever reason, you are making this courageous effort alone, without your husband at your side, then our prayers will be all the greater for you, and our determination to lend a helping hand even more resolute.

One young mother wrote to me recently that her anxiety tended to come on three fronts. One was that whenever she heard talks on LDS motherhood, she worried because she felt she didn’t measure up or somehow wasn’t going to be equal to the task. Secondly, she felt like the world expected her to teach her children reading, writing, interior design, Latin, calculus, and the Internet all before the baby said something terribly ordinary, like “goo goo.”

Thirdly, she often felt people were sometimes patronizing, almost always without meaning to be, because the advice she got or even the compliments she received seemed to reflect nothing of the mental investment, the spiritual and emotional exertion, the long-night, long-day, stretched-to-the-limit demands that sometimes are required in trying to be and wanting to be the mother God hopes she will be.

But one thing, she said, keeps her going: “Through the thick and the thin of this, and through the occasional tears of it all, I know deep down inside I am doing God’s work. I know that in my motherhood I am in an eternal partnership with Him. I am deeply moved that God finds His ultimate purpose and meaning in being a parent, even if some of His children make Him weep.

“It is this realization,” she says, “that I try to recall on those inevitably difficult days when all of this can be a bit overwhelming. Maybe it is precisely our inability and anxiousness that urge us to reach out to Him and enhance His ability to reach back to us.
Sometimes the decision of a child or a grandchild will break your heart. Sometimes expectations won’t immediately be met. Every mother and father worries about that. Even that beloved and wonderfully successful parent President Joseph F. Smith pled, “Oh! God, let me not lose my own.” That is every parent’s cry, and in it is something of every parent’s fear. But no one has failed who keeps trying and keeps praying. You have every right to receive encouragement and to know in the end your children will call your name blessed, just like those generations of foremothers before you who hoped your same hopes and felt your same fears.

Remember, remember all the days of your motherhood: “Ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.”

Rely on Him. Rely on Him heavily. Rely on Him forever. And “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope.” You are doing God’s work. You are doing it wonderfully well. He is blessing you and He will bless you, even no, especially when your days and your nights may be the most challenging."

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time. Here's the link below.
www.lds.org/general-conference/1997/04/because-she-is-a-mother

If you can't see the Image for this post, it says "if you try your best to be the best parent you can be, you will have done all that a human being can do and all that God expects you to do."

Stay Tuned until next time.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Behold Thy Mother

This post is based on an October 2015 General Conference talk called "Behold Thy Mother" by Elder Jeffery R. Holland. I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

This kind of resolute love “suffereth long, and is kind, seeketh not her own, but beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Most encouraging of all, such fidelity “never faileth.” “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,” Jehovah said, “but my kindness shall not depart from thee.” So too say our mothers.

You see, it is not only that they bear us, but they continue bearing with us. It is not only the prenatal carrying but the lifelong carrying that makes mothering such a staggering feat. Of course, there are heartbreaking exceptions, but most mothers know intuitively, instinctively that this is a sacred trust of the highest order. The weight of that realization, especially on young maternal shoulders, can be very daunting.

A wonderful young mother recently wrote to me: “How is it that a human being can love a child so deeply that you willingly give up a major portion of your freedom for it? How can mortal love be so strong that you voluntarily subject yourself to responsibility, vulnerability, anxiety, and heartache and just keep coming back for more of the same? What kind of mortal love can make you feel, once you have a child, that your life is never, ever your own again? Maternal love has to be divine. There is no other explanation for it. What mothers do is an essential element of Christ’s work. Knowing that should be enough to tell us the impact of such love will range between unbearable and transcendent, over and over again, until with the safety and salvation of the very last child on earth, we can [then] say with Jesus, ‘[Father!] I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.’

Thank you for giving birth, for shaping souls, for forming character, and for demonstrating the pure love of Christ.” To Mother Eve, to Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel, to Mary of Nazareth, and to a Mother in Heaven, I say, “Thank you for your crucial role in fulfilling the purposes of eternity.” To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle and all will I say, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth.’ ” I can pay no higher tribute to anyone."

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time. Here's the link below.
Stay Tuned until next time.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

#ItWasMom

First and foremost, I would like to wish all mothers including all foster mothers, all future mothers to be and all future foster mothers to be around the world a "Happy Mother's Day! I hope you will get spoilt with your loved ones, I hope you will have a great day."

I could describe words by using each letter of "Happy Mother's Day" to my Mum and other Mums in the world. I would like to share with you those words.

Happy
Appreciative
Patient
Peacemaker
Young

Movitated
Open
Teacher
Helper
Example
Reliable
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Selfless

Diligent
Always listens
Young

I really love the Image below. If you can't see the Image below, it says "Who showed me how to LOVE unconditionally? #ItWasMom motherhood.mormon.org"
When we all young and Dad was at work, we always had Mum at home.

- She was home to nurture us.
For an example, she shows that she loves us and ensured that everything will be okay soon.

- To care about us.
For an example, she always showed that she cared about us.

- To listen to all of our concerns. For an example, when we need someone to listen to our concerns, Mum was always there.

- To share her stories over and over again. For an example, when we are listening how to drive, she shares her learning how to drive experiences.

- To teaches us what was right from wrong. For an example, it is a necessary to know what is right from wrong and it is a life lesson skill.

- To warn us of danger/injuring ourselves and sometimes those warnings became lessons to us. 

For an example, don't touch the hot stove because it is hot and if we touched the hot stove, we got the consequence of getting a burned hand and we may seem ashamed because we didn't listen to Mum.

If your Mum is still alive today, I encourage you to wish your Mum a Happy Mother's Day, tell her that you love her, and share how much you appreciate her either through a phone call or skype call/video call or visiting her in person or spending some time with her. I know that she will appreciate that heaps.

I also encourage you to watch the following video clip.
If you can't see the video above, here's the link. www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ4TPn8hjxI

Stay Tuned until next time.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Keep Going

What does "Keep Going" means to you?

Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember who misses you while you are away for a short time. Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember who misses you while you are away for a long time. Sometimes you just have to keep going and try to think about positive things ahead.

Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember who cares about you.
Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember who supports you.
Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember who loves you.

Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember who is your true friend.
Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember who is your relative.

Sometimes you just have to keep going even if you have to let go of some things that you used to love. Sometimes you just have to keep going even if it is just Heavenly Father by your side.
Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember to never give up.
Sometimes you just have to keep going and remember to look up.
I really love the image above, If you can't see the image above, it says "Just because you aren't making progress as fast as you think you should, does not mean you aren't making progress, Keep going."

I decided to list a some nice simple ways which is below of what you can do while you are keep going.

- Keep praying for receiving answers to some questions, guidance, support, love, peace and comfort.
- Keep your trust and your faith in Heavenly Father always. He always knows what is best.
- Keep striving to feel happiness again even during the difficult hard times in life.
- Keep reading your scriptures often for getting answers and guidance.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Overview of 2 Months for being a Ward Missionary

This post is short and sweet. Did you know that 2 months ago since I got sustained and set apart as a Ward Missionary? It is true, I got sustained and set apart as a Ward Missionary 2 months ago. Some days, it feels like I have been a Ward Missionary less than 2 months and some days, it feels like I have been a Ward Missionary more than 2 months.

I love being a Ward Missionary. I love learning new ways of teaching investigators. I love to sharing my testimony with the investigators often. I love sacrificing my time to go out with the Sister Missionaries.
My ward is so lucky. In my ward, there is currently three different Sister Missionaries. One Sister from Sydney. One Sister from Tonga. One Sister from Samoa.

I am still waiting for my mission call. The longer that I wait for my mission call and leave for my mission, the more time that I have to prepare for my mission and I think Heavenly Father has been teaching me to have more trust and faith him, to be well prepared before I leave for my mission, and teaching me patience.

Stay Tuned until next time.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

To Learn, to Do, to Be

This post is based on an October 2008 General Conference talk from Priesthood Session called "To Learn, to Do, to Be" by President Thomas S. Monson. I would like to share with you some highlights while I was reading the talk.

President Monson mentions, "First, learn what we should learn. Second, do what we should do. And third, be what we should be.

First, learn what we should learn. The Apostle Paul placed an urgency on our efforts to learn. He said to the Philippians, “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” And to the Hebrews he urged, “Lay aside … sin[;] … let us run with patience the race … set before us, looking [for an example] unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

President Harold B. Lee, 11th President of the Church and one of the great teachers in the Church, put his counsel in easy-to-understand terms. Said he: “When one becomes a holder of the priesthood, he becomes an agent of the Lord. He should think of his calling as though he were on the Lord’s errand.

President Stephen L Richards, who served for many years in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and then in the First Presidency, spoke often to holders of the priesthood and emphasized his philosophy pertaining to it. He declared: “The Priesthood is usually simply defined as ‘the power of God delegated to man.’ This definition, I think, is accurate.”

He continued: “But for practical purposes I like to define the Priesthood in terms of service and I frequently call it ‘the perfect plan of service.’ I do so because it seems to me that it is only through the utilization of the divine power conferred on men that they may ever hope to realize the full import and vitality of this endowment. It is an instrument of service … and the man who fails to use it is apt to lose it, for we are plainly told by revelation that he who neglects it ‘shall not be counted worthy to stand.’”

The purpose of temples was taught. Covenants and promises became much more than words. The desire to be worthy to enter those temple doors entered those youthful hearts. Heaven was very close. Learning what we should learn was assured.
Number two, do what we should do. In a revelation on priesthood, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, recorded as the 107th section of the Doctrine and Covenants, “learning” moves to “doing” as we read, “Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.”

Third, be what we should be. Paul counseled his beloved friend and associate Timothy, “Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

I would urge all of us to pray concerning our assignments and to seek divine help, that we might be successful in accomplishing that which we are called to do. Someone has said that “the recognition of power higher than man himself does not in any sense debase him.” He must seek, believe in, pray, and hope that he will find. No such sincere, prayerful effort will go unanswered: that is the very constitution of the philosophy of faith. Divine favor will attend those who humbly seek it.

Brethren, may we learn what we should learn, do what we should do, and be what we should be. By so doing, the blessings of heaven will attend. We will know that we are not alone. He who notes the sparrow’s fall will, in His own way, acknowledge us."

I encourage you to read the whole talk in your own time and here's the link below.
www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/to-learn-to-do-to-be

Stay Tuned until next time.