Who Are YOU?

I believe that many of our core struggles in life come from not fully understanding who we are.

I believe that so many of us simply can’t see ourselves clearly.

Think about it!

Do you truly understand your worth?

Do yourself a favor and let an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ remind you:

Incredible, isn’t it?

How different would your life be if every single day you took confidence in knowing you are a child of God whose potential is divine and whose worth is infinite?

President George Q. Cannon said this: “There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save, and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes, and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are the children of God, and that He has actually given His angels—invisible beings of power and might—charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping.”

To those who feel lost, worthless, discouraged, overwhelmed, hopeless, or depressed, I propose one thing:

You are simply unaware of who you are.

You may let the transient losses and hurts of life get you down, but if you only knew what lied in your future, you would be filled with a light that could never be darkened.  If you only understood the power and glory of who you are, you would never let anyone make you feel inferior.  You would cease to give any place in your heart to worldly cares that lie so far beneath your privileges.  Your heart would be so consumed with the light of Christ and the love of God that meaning and peace would fill your soul to an  extent you never thought was possible.

My dear friends, try to see yourself as your Father in Heaven sees you.

And then with confidence, go forward and share your light with the world!

(To learn more about who you are and God’s plan of happiness for you, click here.)

A Few Reminders from Heaven :)

You are NEVER alone.  And if you ever feel disheartened or lonely, here are a few things you may need to be reminded of:

What to Remember:

1. You are beautiful!

2.  You are important.

3. All the light, peace, protection, meaning, and happiness you gain in your life is because you have a Heavenly Father and Elder Brother, Jesus Christ.

4. They love you!

5. They would do anything for you and already have.  Your Brother is your Redeemer.  He has suffered the pains, anguish, failures, betrayals, mockeries, sicknesses, sorrows, and sins of the entire human race so that you, His family, could have the chance to succeed.

6. He is there for you.  He will never leave your side.  He is your Savior.

What to Do:

1. Love Them back.  Serve Them as They unfailingly serve you.  (Hint: trust someone who is doing it every day–serving God is the only lasting way to pure happiness!)

2. Take joy and enthusiasm from the knowledge of such truths!

3. Smile 🙂

4.  Laugh!

5. Share your love, or His love–Charity, for “charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8, Moroni 7:46)

6. If there is anything “virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy… seek after these things.” (Articles of Faith 1:13)  By keeping His commandments and seeking after good your whole life, you will find a much greater fullness of living!

“My dear brothers and sisters, it may be true that man is nothing in comparison to the greatness of the universe. At times we may even feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him!  … The most powerful Being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love.   

God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.

May we ever believe, trust, and align our lives so that we will understand our true eternal worth and potential.”

–Dieter F. Uchtdorf, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ
October 2011 General Conference Address–“You Matter to Him”

Forgetting

A year or so ago, I was in a bit of a rut in my life.  I had just finished my first two years of college, and I was living at home with my family for the summer.  The majority of my friends were living elsewhere for the summer, and I was left to myself.  I was working two jobs, so the majority of my time was spent either at work or traveling to work.  (Not fun, by the way!)  Nothing drastic had happened recently, but I could feel myself slowly falling into a spiritual slump.  I was not feeling happy!  And so, one day, I decided to get to the root of the problem.  Why do I feel this way?  I thought.  What happened to the happiness and conviction that I once had?  I pondered and reflected on my life and on everything that had brought me to the point where I was right in that moment.   This is the realization that came to me (of course, in the form of poetic writing):

It’s so silly, really–forgetting. It’s such a simple and common cause for such an eternally significant effect.  The danger of it is that it is almost unnoticeable–like a long strand of hair that slips quietly into the flowing breeze, or the moment of subtle change from late sunset into twilight.  We walk on–small, shifting moments all around us–but our focus is elsewhere, and it may be days, months, or years until we realize how much we have let disappear.

How many times have we doubted ourselves simply because we forgot the celestial beings we really are?  How many times have we bitterly wondered why we are here because we forgot in whose plan we first trusted?  How many times have our hope and faith faltered because we forgot about the matchless gifts of love our Savior has given us every step of the way?  How many times have we repeated a bad decision because we forgot what we once learned?

How much longer will we continue on in a state of stagnation because we forget the greatness we were sent here to achieve?

Could it be that perhaps remembering these things would be among our greatest tools for success?  What difference would it make if every day we woke up remembering these eternal truths?  It would have made a world of difference in my own life.

Of course, I did not know I was forgetting.  I was once so strong and grounded.  Yet while I never lost the knowledge nor doubted it was real, somehow as days went by, I forgot what it meant to me.  I  forgot that this truth was exactly what it was–true–and that it is glorious, personal, and life changing.  I never stopped living the teachings, but I forgot for awhile the important of who I am in the plan of things.

  Oh, how much sadness and discouragement I could have been saved if I had but remembered!

But here I am, reminded once more of all those things I have learned.  I feel renewed, strengthened, and I am happy again.

And my soul sighs, because remembering feels like home.

And so, now, whenever I feel myself falling into a spiritual slump, I simply remind myself who I am and whose I am: I am a daughter of God.  He has sent me here.  His Son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior and my perfect example.  I trust in His plan, and He is with me.  Fellow children of God, LET US NOT FORGET!

“And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off.” 2 Nephi 10:20