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.
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.
❤ sister Myers
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
Since being in Montana I have often heard the story of the two wolves (which I might be about to butcher). A man talks about two wolves fighting in his head one representing faith and the other representing fear, when he is asked which wolf wins he says, “whichever one I feed.” Continue reading