Monday, September 1, 2014

Letter 9/1/14

I've been thinking so much that there are causes and effects to everything in life. Our perception of the world and therefore our actions are shaped by prior thoughts. Is it any wonder that Christ gave the higher law as a law of causes and thoughts--to not even think of sinning? Now, that sounds like a lot in many ways right? But have we ever considered the thoughts we have as being an effect of something deeper as well? What, at the deepest parts of our soul, define us? 

Helaman 5:12  "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundations; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fail."

It is my hope and prayer that each of us will take the time to seek to understand--TRULY understand--our Savior and especially His Atonement. His Atonement is the power to be more than we are. It is literally the power to change. It is the power to become all that our Heavenly Father sees that we can become. 

It is my testimony that the more we learn of the Atonement, the more we begin to see all that we wish to understand about it. 

Please begin now to pray and ask God to help you recognize the power of the Atonement. It is the ultimate cause and it's effect is eternal joy. 

With love,
Sister Short

Thought for the day: (Comes from the book titled "Prayer")  Our personal prayers need not be long, but I think it appropriate to remind all that they should be more frequent.  We do need to thank God in all things and ask for his help in our keeping all of his commandments.  We have been commanded to pray under all conditions wherever we are.  Our spirits are heaven-drawn, anxious for constant communication with the source of all great strength.  The Savior set a beautiful pattern as shared in 3 Nephi 19:17-34.

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