It Will All Be Worth It

“And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thirst; yea, and he also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ.” (Alma 31:38)

I don’t know what afflictions each and every one of you are going through.  I don’t know your lives, I don’t know your fears, your worries, your circumstances, your weaknesses, or your challenges.  But I know someone who does–the Savior, Jesus Christ.  And I have come to learn in a very real way that no matter how many afflictions we have, no matter how long we feel we have suffered, all of those afflictions will be swallowed up in the joy of Christ.

What does this mean to me?  It simply means that it will all be worth it.

I promise you that you will not struggle forever.  Press forward!  Trust in God!  Pray to Him!  Look to the light!  Just like the Lord promised Alma and his brothers during their own afflictions, He will strengthen you.  The moment will come when you will be filled with the purest, divinest joy–the joy of Christ that comes as one lives faithful to His teachings.

It will all be worth it.

So to all you who are feeling like your afflictions are starting to pile up:  take heart, for that means that you have an even greater amount of joy ahead to swallow them up!

Advertisements

“The Most Joyous to the Soul”

To all those who are seeking for love, to all those who simply want to feel valued and appreciated, to all those who desire eternal happiness, you may ask the questions:

Where can I find that kind of pure, unfailing love? What will bring my heart enduring joy?

The beautiful answer can be found in the scriptures, in the words of an angel speaking to a prophet of the Lord who had similar questions:

“Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.  And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.” (1 Nephi 11:21-23, emphasis  added)

I know from the bottom of my heart that God is there.  He loves us, and that love passes all understanding.  So in this time of Valentines, turn your heart towards your Great Creator, and let Him fill you with His infinite love!