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Discovering the Divinity Within

Discovering the Divinity Within

Last night I had a visit from my Visiting Teachers. For the month of November, the message was to share something or your favorite message from this past General Conference.

We all know how much I love General Conference so I was super excited to hear what my sister’s loved and what they felt I needed to hear.

Let’s back track and say that my Sunday had a theme. A very unintentional spiritual theme. The talks during Sacrament were about doing God’s will and how sometimes we are reluctant to follow the Spirit. One member said, “I will do what Heavenly Father wants if it is also what I want,” and how that seems to be a general attitude we sometimes have. Every time I feel the Spirit do I act on it? More often than not I sadly say no. But I often wonder what would happen if I did act on those feelings? We get promptings for a reason right?

With this talk fresh in my mind, we went to Gospel Principles where we discussed obedience. During the second hour we discussed how important it is to follow Christ willingly instead of out of fear or simply going through the motions. I thought, “wow! What a weird follow-up to Sacrament but how fitting.” I think sometimes we may do things for selfish reasons, like we are looking for that blessing that comes with being obedient instead of doing it out of love.

We moved on to our third hour where everyone gathered instead of splitting up. This time we discussed that the state of Pennsylvania has passed a law that every volunteer working with anyone under 18 must have a background check. I think this is completely reasonable request. As someone who will hopefully have children, I am thankful for this mandate. What struck me was the continuation of the morning. We discussed how important it is to be compliant and to follow the rules. Sounds all too familiar to the conversation on obedience and following the Spirit.

Now this brings me to my Visiting Teachers. Talk about driving the message home. The message they decided to share was from The Primary General President, Rosemary M. Wixom. This talk from Conference was about how we all have divine nature and how everything we do comes from that divine nature. She said, “we come to this earth to nurture and discover the seeds of divine nature that are within us.” She then gives reasons on how we know we have divine nature. Things like we know what our purpose on this planet is, we know that we are loved, we learn because of our divinity and we serve because of it.

My Visiting Teachers pointed out how they, like most people, sometimes go through the motions and how easy it is to worry about things that are secular. What seems to keep them in check is remembering that they have divine nature. That everything we do should be in relation to that. That message was given to me 4 times yesterday. This is something I know I need to work on and I’m sure we all can work on it. How many of us can accurately say we are living up to our potential? How often do we ignore a prompting?

I challenge myself and everyone reading this to just try living like you are a Child of God. See what a difference it makes in your life. Let me know how it changes your perspective 🙂

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The World's Poor

The World's Poor

This Thanksgiving a majority those reading this post have a lot to be thankful for. We have some form of internet access, chances are we are not starving if we are using the internet. However, 95% of the world’s population lives outside of the United States and are living on less than a dollar a day.

I personally cannot imagine having to live on less than a dollar day. I feel I have been incredibly blessed to have been born in the United States and blessed with the things I have. The holiday season makes me even more appreciative than I typically am.

Recently, I was offered a position as a Political Affairs Intern with The Borgen Project. Until I was searching for an internship I had never even heard of the Borgen Project. I sure am glad I did my research!

The Borgen Project is a group of individuals looking to aid the world’s poor. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking,
“the US has plenty of poor, what about them?”. I completely understand that thought process, I truly do. However. did you know that there is a foreign aid budget? Did you also know it is is the United States best interest to help those in developing countries. If not for the economic benefits but for the national security reasons.

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Stress and Evaluation

Stress and Evaluation

Earlier, I wrote about being busy and how it is the new happy. I believe being busy because you are working toward something will make you happy. I think that type of stress is healthy. I welcome that type of stress. I thrive on it.

Then we have the type of stress that does not make us happy. The type that is completely unnecessary. The type that has give me two ulcers this week. This I do not welcome.

I think there comes a point where we have to stop and re-evaluate what is happening in our lives. Determine what is controllable, what is working for us and what is not helping the situation.

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Clarity

Clarity

Lately the Church’s “new” guidelines. I was going to leave it alone and let it play out but I feel at this point it is something I should comment on. In light of the Supreme Court decision the church felt the need to address the legality of the country and the laws of the church.

Recently, the Church decided that children of homosexual parents should wait until their 18th birthday to be baptized. To say reactions are vast would be a gross understatement.

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Alphas and Betas

Alphas and Betas

Recently, I have come to the realization that there is one key thing you can do that will 189096cb4512a74c65f636fcfd4ca1d2change your relationship. Partners need to take turns being the Alpha and the Beta.

When doing my research for this piece I was looking up the definition of both the Alpha and the Beta. I found the Alpha definition so fitting and surprising.

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