Hey 9th ward! I hope you are all doing well. It won't be too long until I'll be joining you guys during sacrament meeting!
If you haven't already heard we've been in confinement the last two months. We haven't been able to leave our cities unless given permission. We've had a lot of time to think… haha! It has reminded me of the first quarantine one year ago. I'll be honest it's not been easy, but I'm grateful for it because I've been blessed with the privilege to grow and learn more. I'm looking back at these days, and I am starting to realize that they will be days never to be forgotten. Not just because of the mission, but because of everything that's happened this last year.
I'd like to ask you something. Have you let God prevail in your lives this last year? Or at least since President Nelson invited us to do so?
I've been studying President Nelson's most recent talk and it is outstanding what you can learn from it. I'd invite you guys to study, ponder, and pray about it. But today I'd like to mention something I've learned from letting God prevail.
He mentions a story about one of his granddaughters. How she struggled emotionally and spiritually with the passing of her father. President Nelson's counsel to her was one word, myopic. Which means nearsightedness. So in her case, she wasn't looking at life from an eternal perspective, she was too focused on what was happening and how she was feeling at that very moment.
She then said something that stuck out to me. She said, "Myopic caused me to stop, think, and heal."
Brothers and Sisters, when was the last time you stopped, thought, and healed? Letting God prevail will start when we change our perspective. It takes time, even more time than one year in quarantine haha. We are privileged to have been given time, to think, to grow, and to prepare for the future. Don't let this time pass by, by feeling sorry for yourself. It doesn't work, I've tried it!
Today I still have some changing to do, but I can testify of the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is real. You can have it, God wants you to have it, and most importantly he wants you to share the knowledge of it.
Listen to the Holy Ghost, for "it will show unto you all things what ye should do."
He will testify of the Father and the Son, and prompt you to let God prevail. I'd like to leave with you the same promise President Nelson gave us at the end of his talk.
"My dear brothers and sisters, as you choose to let God prevail in your lives, you will experience for yourselves that our God is “a God of miracles.” As a people, we are His covenant children, and we will be called by "His name."
Of this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.