October 6, 2013

Letter to the World

       This weekend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is broadcasting their General Conference. I have been a member since being baptized at the age of 8 but just this weekend I have started to realize the necessity of sharing the gospel ourselves and I now believe more fully in its truthfulness.
      Life treats people unfairly. For millions of people life is almost unbearable. Suffering exists universally. From small trivial things to devastation in many parts of the world. There is an outlet for the pain and suffering all people experience. And it comes in the form of the Atonement. Jesus Christ the Begotten Son suffered all things for us. He experienced all of our pain and suffering willingly. He wants us to have peace and happiness in our lives. Believing in Christ and in the Atonement will not guarantee peace and happiness but it holds a promise that if we try with all our hearts to be loving, caring and to serve others. We can have peace and happiness in the next life.
    Being a member of the church I realized how often we members fail to share this great blessing with those around us. All human beings deserve the Atonement in their lives and the only way to bring that about is to share it ourselves. Even members of the church that attend regularly need to be reminded that they don't need to suffer alone though trials. In Mosiah 18:8 it says:

8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are adesirous to come into the bfold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;  
 9 Yea, and are awilling to mourn with those that bmourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as cwitnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the dfirst resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—"(http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/18.8-9)

     As members of the church we have the responsibility to be there for our sisters and brothers. We need to reach out our voices to all those around us, even to those that seem to have the perfect family. All people suffer their own problems. Be there for your neighbor, your friend, for your family and even for those you don't know.
     Remember you are never alone in your affliction.

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