When life gets rough, be grateful! There are always blessings in our lives that we miss seeing when our vision is clouded by bad luck or discouragement.
We've all heard the phrase that when life gives us lemons, we should make lemonade. We've also all heard the story of Job in the Bible, who, despite losing all his possessions, family, health, and support from friends, trusted in the Lord and found something to be grateful for—his testimony.
Often life does not go the way we planned and fate seems to be against us. But even when jobs, friends, or health fail us, there is always something in our lives that the Lord has blessed us with and that we can be grateful for. If like Job we can keep our sights on the Lord and step back to see the bigger picture, the rough time will pass and we will find it easier to see the abundance that the Lord has blesses us with. Though many of the ideas below are probably familiar, it never hurts to think about them more deeply and be reminded of our blessings.
Even if you live in the middle of a city with concrete pavements and high-rises, all you have to do is look up to see the sunshine, sky, clouds, or rainbows and remember God's powerful, creative hand. Buy a plant or visit a park to help you better appreciate these beautiful forms of green life God has put on the earth.
(One great way to experience nature with even more gratitude and find peace in trials is to try meditating.)
Women played key roles in Bible stories and Church history. Read about five women who chose to serve God and how we can follow their examples.
Mahlah and her four sisters, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah, followed Moses through the wilderness toward the promised land. Painting featured in Girls Who Choose God.
Bethany and I spent years writing between continents, new babies, and changing jobs. Along the way there are many lessons that struck us, but one lesson has hit home: scriptures and Church history show a wide latitude of ways women use their talents to serve God.
With general conference upon us again, these classic stories will remind you just how lucky we are to listen to living prophets. And don't miss our giveaway of a keepsake compilation of the very best conference stories!
In Harm’s Way
From "In Harm's Way" by President Thomas S. Monson
On July 16, 1945, the USS Indianapolis departed the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California on a secret cargo mission to Tinian Island in the Marianas. The cargo included highly sophisticated equipment which could well bring an end to the Second World War, with all its suffering, remorse, and death. The ship delivered its cargo on July 26 and was heading, unescorted, toward Leyte in the Philippines.
Because they were traveling through hostile waters in the Philippine Sea, the captain had discretionary orders to follow a zigzag course of travel to prevent detection by and attack from the enemy. He failed to do so. Just before midnight on Sunday, July 29, 1945, as the Indianapolis continued toward Leyte Gulf, the heavy cruiser was discovered by an enemy submarine. Easily avoiding detection while submerging to periscope depth, the submarine fired a fanwise salvo of six torpedoes from 1,500 yards.
With the release of her newest album, Where My Heart Belongs, Gladys Knight is back in the limelight. But we bet you haven't heard these seven fun facts about her yet!
Gladys Knight. We know and love her. We've listened to her sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We've fallen in love with her latest CD. We've heard her conversion story. But we bet you didn't know all seven of these fun tidbits about the "Empress of Soul."
1. Her CTR ring was custom-designed specifically for her
Gladys was first introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by her children--and she loved the simplicity of Gospel concepts, in particular, the slogan CTR.
Sometimes we find ourselves going to church every week only to leave feeling no different from when we arrived. What do you do when you just don’t feel like you’re getting anything out of church?
How many times have you gone to church, said hi to a few people, sat through class, maybe made a comment or two, picked up the kids from Primary and headed home, only to feel the same as you did before you left?
Many faithful Mormons can find themselves in a slump, consistently going to church without feeling inspired. Here are a few reasons you might be feeling uninspired and a few suggestions to help you reestablish that connection with heaven.
Reason One - Habit
Because church happens every Sunday, sometimes we can take it for granted and it becomes a habit. We know we will be getting the family ready and out the door almost on time every week. We know the order of our classes, the topics that will probably be discussed, and all of the “Primary answers” to give. We don’t really stop to think more deeply about why we are there.
What to do:
Remind yourself of the purpose of the Sacrament and think of the Savior during the ordinance. Though this might be more difficult for parents with noisy little ones, even taking a few seconds to close your eyes and think of him, and teaching your children reverence as they grow will help. Remember that it is a privilege to take the Sacrament, and try physically include “Go to church” on your list of weekend activities--it may help you remember that church is a choice.