Monday, March 17, 2014

Words of Wisdom -- From My Mom

One of my favorite prophets is President Hinckley.  He is one of the most optimistic people I have ever seen, and his sweet wife was just as amazing!  Everyone has worries or concerns on a daily basis, and some people even give themselves a little pep talk in the mirror every morning.  Think about that .. what do you think President Hinckley said to himself every day?  He gave us a little hint when he said:

"It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is.  It all works out.  Don't worry.  I say that to myself every morning.  It will all work out.  If you do your best, it will all work out.  Put your trust in God and move forward with faith and confidence in the future."

Isn't that amazing?  Someone like President Hinckley reminded himself every day that things will work out if you do your best.  Foreign languages are perfected .. School and degrees are completed .. Right marriage partners appear ..  Callings are fulfilled ..  everything works out if your do your best and trust the Lord.

John Bytheway told an analogy once using a football game.  In today's world we often record games or races to watch at a later point in time.  Inevitably, someone or our phone lets it slip who won.  So we are left to watch the game already knowing the final score.  Some of these games can be real exciting when you don't know how it will turn out, but there is much to be learned even when you know the final result.  Bytheway found an old football game from 2002 and started watching it.  At halftime, his team was down by 27 points.  Every time the other team scored, he laughed and laughed because he knew that his team would win the game .. and they did .. the final score was 35 to 34.  Now you most likely won't laugh if Carlos doesn't respond to the lessons, or if Saira doesn't get baptized this year.  There are going to be days and even moments during the days on your mission where you are down and maybe even getting "creamed" by investigators who aren't progressing, or members who are less than helpful, or strangers who are not so nice.  You are in the middle of a tough fight, but it will okay.  The Savior has already won the game.  You know the final score.  You wear the Lord's jersey .. so get you get off the bench every day and you fight.  You fight the good fight because you know these things to be true:

**If God be for us, who can be against us? -- Romans 8:31
**Be still, and know that I am God. -- Psalms 46:10

**There is hope smiling brightly before us!

Keep that focus on the Savior and your heart will be filled with peace .. peace regarding the language .. peace regarding your investigators .. peace for the future.

Love you sugar!

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