MR says: Between church meetings, callings, FHEs and scripture study, service, home and visiting teaching, and all the other things we are asked to do as Latter-day Saints, it seems like the gospel can sometimes complicate or add stress to our lives. But, as President Uchtdorf taught us this past general conference, the gospel is beautiful in its simplicity. It works wonderfully and is designed to make our lives easier and fuller, not more stressful. Here are just seven ways the gospel makes our lives easier.
It can often feel like living the Gospel is hard. I understand trials and struggles in mortality, but I for me living the Gospel makes my life easier.
Eternal Perspectives Make Life Easier
The Gospel gives eternal perspective! I know I am eternal. This life isn’t the end. Believing this truth gives such purpose in suffering.
Elder Richard G. Scott and his wife lost two children in a short period of time. They soldiered through those trials with such faith and hope that Elder Scott’s father was touched and eventually baptized. Knowing the Plan of Salvation enabled the Scott’s faith to expand during hardship instead of shriveling in despair.
Believing in an afterlife brings hope and happiness to this life.
“I know a poem that says, ‘Forever—is composed of Nows.’ I didn’t want my forever to be composed of dark and fearful ‘Nows.’ And I didn’t want to live in the gloom of a bunker, gritting my teeth, closing my eyes, and resentfully enduring to the bitter end. Faith gave me the hope I needed to live joyfully now!” Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Lead image from LDS NET.
Having trouble enjoying the simplicities of the gospel? Check out The Burnout Cure to get your life back in balance.
If the demands of the day-to-day leave you feeling overworked, overwhelmed, and exhausted, you may be suffering from an all-too-common malady prevalent among Mormon women: emotional burnout. From work in and out of the home to service in wards and communities, the variety of worthy undertakings can seem endless. With such perceived cultural pressure to “do it all,” how can a woman balance the desire to serve others with caring for her own personal needs?
As a wife, mother, clinical counselor, and musician, author Julie de Azevedo Hanks understands better than most the demands placed on women in the Church, and she has spent years providing clinical counseling to Latter-day Saint women and families. The Burnout Curedispels common cultural myths that often leave women feeling “never good enough.” Through scriptural quotes, personal stories, and clinical examples, Hanks offers a bevy of tools designed to help sisters identify and meet their emotional needs, to accept their limitations, to let go of the guilt and perfectionism, and to lean on the Lord.