Monday, October 13, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
President Dieter F Uchtdorf talk to the women. I was a little distracted by the sweet crying baby that was sitting next to me but I turned my attention back to Uchtdorf right when he said these things.
My dear sisters in the gospel, whether you are 8 or 108, there is one thing that I hope you truly understand and know:
You are loved.
You are dear to your heavenly parents.
The infinite and eternal Creator of light and life knows you! He is mindful of you.
Yes, God loves you this very day and always.
He is not waiting to love you until you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. He is aware that you reach up to Him in heartfelt and hopeful prayer. He knows of the times you have held onto the fading light and believed—even in the midst of growing darkness. He knows of your sufferings. He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed. And still He loves you.
And God knows of your successes; though they may seem small to you, He acknowledges and cherishes each one of them. He loves you for extending yourself to others. He loves you for reaching out and helping others bear their heavy burdens—even when you are struggling with your own.
He knows everything about you. He sees you clearly—He knows you as you really are. And He loves you—today and always!
Do you suppose it matters to our Heavenly Father whether your makeup, clothes, hair, and nails are perfect? Do you think your value to Him changes based on how many followers you have on Instagram or Pinterest? Do you think He wants you to worry or get depressed if some un-friend or un-follow you on Facebook or Twitter? Do you think outward attractiveness, your dress size, or popularity make the slightest difference in your worth to the One who created the universe?
He loves you not only for who you are this very day but also for the person of glory and light you have the potential and the desire to become.
More than you could ever imagine, He wants you to achieve your destiny—to return to your heavenly home in honor.
I testify that the way to accomplish this is to place selfish desires and unworthy ambitions on the altar of sacrifice and service. Sisters, trust in the saving power of Jesus Christ; keep His laws and commandments. In other words—live the gospel joyful.
It is my prayer that you will experience a renewed and an expanded measure of the beautiful love of God in your lives; that you will find the faith, determination, and commitment to learn God’s commandments, treasure them in your hearts, and live the gospel joyful.
I promise that as you do so, you will discover your best self—your real self. You will discover what it truly means to be a daughter of the everlasting God, the Lord of all righteousness. Of this I testify and leave you my blessing as an Apostle of the Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
When he said you are dear to your Heavenly Parents the tears came and they came quickly, the words he said pierced me to my heart. I felt the love he spoke of. I felt my Heavenly Mothers love for me. Although I am sure many others listening needed to hear those words I felt like Christ was talking to me directly. Feelings I feel in my heart but don't always say out loud he addressed and answered. My testimony grew so much Saturday night. How could the church not be true? There is a God in Heaven and he does love me and his son my elder Brother Jesus Christ died so I could be forgiven and live with my heavenly family again. Saturday the 27th of September 2014 is burned in my heart and mind. I am thankful to know that this is the true church and for President Uchtdorf and his being intune with the spirit so as to know what to say to the women of the church. I love and am thankful for my parents and there dedication to the gospel and for teaching it to me. I love and am so unbelievably grateful for my family, I would not be or could not become me with out my husband and kids.