You know, sometimes life is just hard. As a missionary, there are a lot of things that worry me and that can get in the way of my happiness. Whether it's my personal weaknesses, the choices of others, or if it's just the way the cookie crumbles, I am (as I know all of you are) faced daily with things that are just not very fun to deal with. Nephi, a Book of Mormon Prophet, felt similarly. Even though he was a man of great faith and spirituality, a man whose relationship with his Father in Heaven could not be considered shallow, he exclaimed, "O wretched man that I am!...my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities. I am encompassed about by the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me. And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins" (2 Nephi 4:17-19). Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel "encompassed about" by bad choices, whether yours or others', temptations, trials, or just the everyday beatings of life? Yeah. Me too. But check out what Nephi says at the end of verse 19: "nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted" (emphasis added). Wow. Isn't that great? He knows in Whom he has trusted--his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the Savior. Then he goes on to talk about all the great things the Lord has done for him (this is where I got the title of my blog--verse 21!), giving one of the most beautiful testimonies/prayers of the heart in all of scripture. I invite you to read the rest of this chapter; it's so powerful. I know that your Father in Heaven will answer your prayers and your yearnings too. Even though life is really hard sometimes and you just want to throw in the towel, remember that there is One Who suffered for not just your sins, but your pains, weaknesses, sadnesses, heartaches, and insecurities (see also Alma 7:11-13 in the Book of Mormon and Isaiah 53:3-5 in the Old Testament). Jesus Christ knows how you feel. He has felt the sorrows of your heart. And guess what--He wants you to run to Him.
The Three Hermits – Leo Tolstoy (1886)
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