I have so many thoughts swirling around in my head right now. I just wrote them in my journal and now I'm going to write them in here.
To begin with, Jess taught Gospel Doctrine today. The lesson was on the atonement of Christ. He said something that really stood out to me. When we are faced with trials and are going through rough patches, instead of asking, "Why is Heavenly Father putting me through this?" ask, "Why am I going through this? What am I supposed to learn?" And then, actually learn the lesson and use the trial to make you a better person. We aren't given trials because God doesn't love us. In fact, it is the opposite. Christ suffered all the same pains we did. Heavenly Father loves us so much that he let his only begotten son suffer those things, too, so that we may learn and grow to become more like Him.
The atonement is such an amazing thing. I cannot fully comprehend it. I think it is impossible for anyone to fully comprehend exactly what Christ went through for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. But he did. And I am so grateful for that. I love talking about the atonement and reinforcing my testimony of it.
Next, in Relief Society, we talked about the Holy Ghost. We talked about writing down spiritual thoughts and promptings right when we have them (which is something I need to get better at) and then acting upon them. We also talked about leaving time everyday to think and ponder and LISTEN for the Holy Ghost. With the media constantly surrounding us, sometimes this is a difficult task -- especially with our long to-do lists. But it is so important. We need to more fully balance out the time we spend doing things of a spiritual matter vs. those of a worldly matter.
This lesson got me thinking about something that has been nagging at me for awhile:
I need to be better. It's not that I'm doing anything terribly wrong right now, there is just a lot more that I could be doing that is right and good. And now is the time to start doing those things. So I have set some personal goals for myself and I hope that I may grow spiritually stronger and strengthen my testimony.
I love Sundays.