I love the new year and the opportunity we have to begin again.
Last week during family dinner we were discussing our plans for the new year and how we were going to become a better family and how we were going to help Evan and Alex prepare to serve missions.
Before family prayer last night we decided that we would all arise this morning at 5 a.m. and begin reading the Book of Mormon together as a family.
We began with 1 Nephi chapter 1. It took every ounce of energy to contain my tears of joy as my children each took turns reading verses from the first chapter.
I read the last several verses of Chapter 1 and as I read verse 20 I was reminded how much our Heavenly Father loves us when Nephi states:
"I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."
Having faith is the first principle of the gospel and I believe it is the most significant and important principle in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without faith, we would not be moved to act. We would not be moved to follow the great example of the Savior. We would not have the desire to be better than we are.
May you find the faith to know the many tender mercies of our Savior.