Can you EVEN believe it?
Neither can I!
In fact, I am still kind of freaking out that I have that sign tattooed to my forehead that says: Yes, I will do it....
I kept saying - you are joking - right? I just gave a talk in sacrament meeting just 3 months ago. Yes..... that is right only 3 months ago... (shaking head)..
I asked him if he was serious... He said, "As serious as a heart attack".. He was totally serious.
I said yes I would do it.
I had plans on Saturday for Valentine's day. Jason, Sharon, Brady and I went to lunch, a movie "He's just not that into you" and then went to dinner. I was freaking out a little that I still had to prepare a talk when I got home.
The bishopric sure had a great laugh at me all morning because I am the "go to girl" or maybe "go to family" when they are in a pinch. I kept telling them to laugh it up.... I just might say "no" next time. (yeah - right).
Not by Fear."
I don't think I'm going to post the whole talk I gave this time. However here is some of the talk to give you a general idea of what I prepared.
Timothy 1:7 says "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but power and of love and of a sound mind"
Generally I feel that I am a pretty optimistic person. Sometimes I get frustrated and scared when I listen to the news, which in my opinion cultivates fear in us on what is going on in the world. I think we tend to be more fearful and been more alarmed by international events, the word "terror", the war, the government and the economy.
So how do we overcome fear and replace it with faith?
First, we must never let fear and the father of fear (Satan himself) divert us from our faith and faithful living. Every person in every era has had to walk by faith into what has always been some uncertainty. This is the plan. Just be faithful. God is in charge. He knows your name and He knows your need.
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ - that is the first principle of the gospel. We must go forward. God expects us to have enough faith, determination, and trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. He expects us not simply to face the future; He expects us to embrace and shape the future - to love it, rejoice in it, and delight in our opportunities.
Many of us are concerned about raising our children during these difficult times and increasing their faith.
President Harold B. Lee said that we could raise our families in righteousness if we would:
1. Follow the Prophet.
2. Create the true spirit of the gospel in our hearts and homes.
3. Be a light to those among whom we live.
4. Focus on the ordinance and principles taught in the temple.
As we follow this counsel, our faith increases and our fears decrease. We can raise righteous children anywhere in the world if they are taught religious principles in the home.
Heavenly Father is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and he can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe.
When the Savior was facing His Crucifixion, he spoke to His disciples as they faced fear, disarray and persecution. In His last counsel to them in mortality found in John 16:33, He said: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
So, in a world of tribulation, let's remember our faith. Let's recall the other promises and prophecies that have been given, all the reassuring ones, and let's live life more fully, with more boldness and courage than at any other time.
Is there a happy future for us in these latter days? Absolutely! Will there be difficult times when those prophesied latter-day warnings are fulfilled? Of course there will. If we are built upon the rock of Christ we can withstand the winds, hail, and the mighty shafts in the whirlwind. That "Rock upon which ye are built is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon men and women build they cannot fall."
I know that Heavenly Father not only lives, but He love us. He loves you. Everything He does is for our good and our protection. There are evil and sorrow in the world, but there is no evil or harm in Him. He is our Father, a perfect Father, and He will help us find refuge from the storm.
I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God. That He lives, that He love us, and through His atoning sacrifice, we too will live eternally.
This is the Church and kingdom of God on earth. The truth has been restored. We need to live with confidence, optimism, faith and devotion. Be serious about life's challenges but not frightened or discouraged by them.