Chains

What is holding you back from full commitment to the Lord? Are you not reading everyday? Are you not praying? Are you not coming to church? Are you struggling to abstain from alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco, drugs, and other harmful substances? Are you living with someone you love, unmarried? The Lord requires commitment. In order for Him to bless you, you must put forth the effort. What are you letting get in the way of growing closer to your Heavenly Father?
You might say, “I know God, I have a relationship with Him.” Well, I’m sure the Pharisees could have told you the same thing. There are going to be many at the last day who plead for the mercy of Christ, and He shall say that he never knew them. Just because you keep one commandment, does not mean you’re safe. We must keep ALL of His commandments, in order to return to live with him.
Are you going to let a cup of coffee, a cigarette, a man, or a woman, keep you from returning to live with your Father in Heaven? Are you willing to stand before Him and say, “I didn’t have enough time…” Or “I really needed to sleep in…” Or “I was too afraid…”
Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith (Matthew 8:26)?
Put behind you all the things that hold you back, put behind you all the fear that binds you down, put behind you the excuses that Satan has supplied you with, and you will find peace and rest with your Father in Heaven.
If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself (John 7:17).
❤ Sister Myers
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I Might Just Knock You Off My Steps

Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart I have written my law, fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
2 Nephi 8:7
The door opened and I looked into sad eyes. “We’re sharing a video about Jesus Christ and all the wonderful things he has done for us–“
“Look, you don’t want to know my opinion on Jesus Christ. I might just knock you off my steps if you don’t leave.” Her face was now inches away from mine, and I struggled to say what the Californian in me would say when someone gets that close.
“Okay, you have a great night.” We walked away and could hear her still yelling at us as she closed the door, “I hope he’s doing something for you, because he sure has messed* up my life.”
My heart was pained for his woman, who felt that her life was so terrible because her Heavenly Father wanted her to suffer. My heart was also a little angry because of this woman who felt the need to curse and threaten us for wanting to share happiness with her. Nevertheless, I went on to knock more doors with my faithful companion.
There are nights like that in which people yell at us, people are rude to us, even people who claim to be Christians slam the door in our faces. This could be so discouraging. Walking up to a door is scary when half the people who answer are rude to us, but I know that it would be worse if I didn’t try to share the gospel with others and Heavenly Father had to show me a time that I could have brought someone such happiness, but I was too afraid to knock on their door. Sharing the gospel is hard, and there are some weeks I just want to say, “I’m done,” but sharing the gospel is worth it. When you find just one person who listens, one person who accepts the message, one person who thrives and grows with the gospel; when you see the light in their eyes, you know it’s worth it.
And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.
Alma 26:30
*her language has been changed to be suitable for readers*

Repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. What do those words mean to you? To any active Latter-Day Saint they can be recognized as the steps in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was taught these steps as the steps of a ladder. You start with faith which leads up to repentance which will step up to baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the last rung of the ladder is enduring to the end. But then I began to see it more as a circle because as we continually step forward we must always have faith and repent and remember our baptism and confirmation by partaking of the sacrament. Enduring to the end is a continual process of the living the gospel. So, after seven months on my mission, I’ve come to see the gospel of Christ not as a ladder nor as a circle, but as both: a winding staircase. As we progress forward, though it does come back around, we go higher each time–closer to our Heavenly Father.

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Jesus Christ said that in his gospel “ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.” I’ve already once spoken about becoming as a little child, but want to talk more about it. What do I know about children? After working with children for three years I know a few things: they are honest, loving, they learn more easily, they are not as corrupted by the world as adults are, they are more ready to believe gospel truths. We must become as they are. We must be honest in our beliefs, loving towards all men, learn all that we can, strive to not be corrupted by our world, and be ready to believe gospel truths.

Why do I tell you this? Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service says that Heavenly Father “wants every one of His children to find peace in this life and a fulness of joy in His presence after this life. It is my purpose as a called and set apart servant of the Lord to “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” I know that by living the gospel that I preach I can come closer to my Heavenly Father and thereby bless my family and “honor my father and mother” both earthly and Heavenly. I know that you can begin now to live this gospel: to come unto Christ, repent, be baptized, and become as a little child. I invite you to meet with missionaries wherever you are. That decision will bless your life and your family. I testify of that in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

❤ sister Myers

 

Hope is Jesus Christ

She said that hope was a thing with feathers but I don’t think it’s that weak, hope can turn a mouse into a lion it can make the shy to speak, hope is a lot like faith it can give a person wings, it can take the greatest ship and move it far across the seas, hope was in the cries of Job when he refused to hear his friends, hope was in the arm of David who didn’t know if Goliath was his end, hope was in the eyes of the adulterous woman as her accusers began to leave, hope was in the heart of Jairus when he was told not to fear but to believe, hope was the sight of the prodigal son and the hug that healed his soul, hope was the title of liberty that was just a coat on a pole, hope was the page that Hyrum turned down before the bullets flew, hope was in the brave pioneers going somewhere new, hope comes from our savior from his atoning sacrifice, hope for love and hope for peace and hope for eternal life, hope was in the blood that came from every pore, hope is the sounds of his knock on our heart’s door, hope was the cries, “Abba,” and “Nevertheless, thy will be done,” hope was in this moment made for every single one, hope was in the suffering to take the trials and the pains, hope is in the fact that he would do it all again, hope is an abiding trust in our Lord of Lords and King of King, hope helps us stand as witnesses at all times, in all places, and in all things, you can say that hope is a bird but birds all fly away, hope is my savior Jesus Christ and He is the same forever and today.

❤ and written by sister emmalee a. myers-parraz