Friday, April 26, 2013

Act Well Thy Part

Sometimes we may feel like we don't have an important part in life. We may see others going about with high leadership positions, gaining worldly fame, or just doing things that seem more important and influential.

In the latest General Conference, Elaine S. Dalton reminds us,

"Whate'er thou art, act well thy part"

We each have an important mission in life. Heavenly Father is so very aware of us and he places us all in different situations to learn, grow, and be a blessing to others. We may not feel that our part is important in the eyes of the world, but it is important to Him.

Elaine S. Dalton also states:

"As [children] of God we are each unique and different in our circumstances and experiences. And yet our part matters—because we matter."

I testify that Jesus Christ knows each of us individually and He knows the situations that we are all placed in. He has given us all talents, abilities, and strengths that are meant to be a blessing in our lives and in the lives of others. We are all meant to magnify our own potential as a child of God and truly "act well our part".

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do."
- Marianne Williamson

To read the entire talk by Elaine S. Dalton, former Young Women's General President, click here.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rescue Me From Danger

Last year, my sister Natalie had open heart surgery as well as facing her own problems that come from being a teenager. She was interviewed by the series Enduring It Well about her experience and what she learned from it. Natalie has always been a great example to me of strength and faith during trials. Her message is uplifting and inspiring. Enjoy.

Natalie White-Rescue Me From Danger

Friday, April 5, 2013

Follow the Prophet

This weekend, we have the wonderful opportunity to hear from our Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, as well as the twelve apostles and other general authorities of the church. This event is called General Conference and is held twice a year.

Prophets are a crucial part to the Lord's church. When the Lord has something important to give to the church and the world as a whole, He tells us through His prophet.

"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)

Unfortunately, many people are slow to hearken to a prophet's voice. They may dislike the counsel he gives, or lack a testimony that he truly is a prophet of God.

In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Samuel warned the people of rejecting the prophet.

"And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out.

"Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him, and cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him; yea, you will say that he is a false prophet, and that he is a sinner, and of the devil, because he testifieth that your deeds are evil.

"But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity; do that and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts; yea, walk after the pride of your eyes, and do whatsoever your heart desireth--and if a man shall come among you and say this, ye will receive him, and say that he is a prophet." (Helaman 13:25-27)

I testify that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of the Lord. The words that he speaks and the revelation he receives are for all those on the earth--not just members of the church. Let us be grateful for the blessing of having prophets and for continued revelation from our Heavenly Father in our day.

To learn more about watching General Conference this weekend, click here.