Because of Him

“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28:5-6)

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My heart cannot begin to express the joy that these two verses give me.  He is risen!  He lives!  Do you know what that means?  Do you know what we can now do and feel and become because He has risen for us?

His almighty hand is in each of our lives, though we may all feel and recognize it differently.  How do I know that my life is profoundly different because of Jesus Christ?

Because of Him….

I am never alone.
I have hope for a better life.
I do not have to let my past define me.
I know that my life has purpose.
I can conquer any challenge or trial through His help.
I know that my family can be together for eternity.
I know that my Father in Heaven loves me with an infinite love and is so aware of me.
I can become so much more than I am.
My weaknesses can be made into strengths.
My sorrow and pain never has to last.
The darkest parts of my soul can be replaced with pure and glorious light.
I can be successful in life and find everlasting joy here and in the life to come.
I can have eternal life.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it!

How is your life different because of Jesus Christ?

It is my testimony that HE LIVES!  This Easter season, let Him change your life.  Let Him heal your heart.  Let Him show you the higher path.

Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

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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”

Filling the Emptiness

      There are people all around us every single day who wake up in total emptiness.  There are people who wake up consumed in heartache.  There are people who wake up in fear, in pain, in worry, in apathy, in sadness.  These people are everywhere—they may be your friends, your next-door neighbors, your co-workers, the woman walking her dog, the man driving the bus.  Perhaps you may even be one of them.

       When things are going well in life, it is easy to forget that these people exist.  However, I will tell you that there have been times in my life where I have been one of these people.  I know what it feels like to wake up in the morning with that pit of emptiness and heartache which makes you dread facing any form of reality.  I understand what it means to wake up and ask the question, When am I ever going to feel truly happy?  If there is anything I hate in this world, it is that feeling: emptiness.  No one should have to wake up feeling empty.  No one should have to live their life weighed down by the cruel thought of, what is the point?

      And that, my friends, is why I am here!  I don’t want anyone to have to wake up that way.  That is why I have left everything behind to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in New York.  You see, people notice us on the street—two young girls with black name tags bearing the name of Jesus Christ—and a majority of them automatically discount us.  Oh, another religion, they say.  I don’t want to be bothered, they say.  On a day to day basis, it is not uncommon for me to face ridicule or rejection.  But despite all this, I keep spreading my message.  Because what they don’t understand is I have what they need!

      I know the cure to those feelings.  I know the truth about who I am, why I am here, and who I can become through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  I know that life is worth living, that there is a way to find lasting peace and happiness, and that I do have a loving Savior who walks by my side every single day.  So do you! There is nothing that can separate us from the magnificent love and support of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  And because of these things I have come to know, I now wake up every day with purpose and gladness.

      I still have challenges.  I still struggle.  But now, every trial suddenly has meaning.  Every adversity is worth overcoming.  My soul has been filled with the light and love of Christ, and for that reason I will never give up!  I can relate to the prophet Alma of old, who when his own soul was once racked with torment, he: “remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world.  Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.  And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.  And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!  Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.” (Alma 36:17-21)

       And so I leave with you my invitation: Come to the Savior.  Let Him fill you.  Let Him heal you.  My comrades, come and join the ranks as a partaker of the divine light!