(excerpt from Tender Mercies journal)
As I have reflected today on some of my experiences over the past year I realize that the Lord has always been with me. To remind myself of His great love for me I need to ask myself the question:
"Did I see the hand of the Lord today?"
Today, I saw the hand of the Lord when the High Counsel speaker extended the following invitation from the Stake President:
- Attend the Temple regularly; participate in all Stake and Ward Temple nights.
- Commit to the study of a particular book of scripture; study as a family.
- Bring Souls unto Christ.
At the beginning of the year; while sitting at dinner we discussed as a family the things that we need to do better; what we needed to do to help Alex and Evan prepare for missions; and how to be a more righteous family. As a result we have begun reading the Book of Mormon together as a family. I am helping Evan and Alex on Sunday afternoons to gain a better understanding of the Gospel by studying together out of Preach My Gospel. Victor and I attended the Temple last Friday as it was our stake's temple night.
My personal and family goals are the same as the invitations from the Stake Presidency.
This affirms to me that what we have decided to do as a family is right and that we are doing the will of our Eternal Heavenly Father.
I have shared many times my thoughts and feelings about counsel from our leaders.
It is, when we hear the counsel of President Monson, the apostles, our stake leaders and bishoprics we experience one of two events. We either validated and have received affirmation that we are headed in the right direction; or we are chastened.
When we are in the position of being chastened we react one of two ways:
1. We recognize that we are being chastised and we decided to make corrections in our lives, or
2. We react as Laman and Lemuel would and we murmur - stating that it is too difficult and why are we required to do so much.
I would much rather be humble and obedient. The best position to be in is to know the will of the Father and to be humble to act as he would have us act.
Have you seen the Hand of the Lord today?