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Just a couple of Sundays ago a worldwide devotional for youth with President and Sister Nelson took place. It was super inspiring and really struck me! If you haven’t seen it yet, consider taking the time to do so (Link Here).
President Nelson invited us to do 5 different specific things to “enlist in the youth battalion of the Lord”.
- Hold a seven-day fast from social media.
- For three weeks, make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord.
- Keep on the covenant path. If you have wandered off, immediately get on the road of repentance.
- Pray daily for all to receive blessings of the gospel.
- Stand out. Be a light. Set the standard. Give away one copy of For the Strength of Youth.
Recently, I’ve been doing number 1, the seven-day social media fast, and I have seen in myself that I have been more focused and I have gotten things done that I wouldn’t of gotten done (for a while) if I had been on social media.
youth.lds.org has some really good articles about the devotional and will be posting about each of the challenges for the next several weeks so make sure to check those out regularly for more incites!
I’m thankful for revelation and inspired invitations from God through prophets to help us in our day so we can become better selves and help out in building the kingdom of God. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of this great work and to enlist in the Youth Battalion. I invite you all to consider/make a plan of what you want to do to follow the invitations from President Nelson.
We live our lives happily, but then jealousy/comparison steps in and we see other people’s lives that seem perfect. We see their lifestyle and think their mission/life is perfect…But it is more than the phone screens that cover their true life. Maybe their parents are going through a divorce, they have health problems, lost a loved one, etc. We need to take off our agent sunglasses and look at the facts, the true reality of life. Yes, all of our Missions are not Perfect, but not Impossible either – it is MISSION POSSIBLE! Through the Atonement our Mission Impossible just became Possible. As long as we Repent, our Mission just became POSSIBLE!
Life is busy! At this age, we have a lot of stuff going on. There’s lots to keep track of – school assignments due, music lessons and practice, Mutual activities, Personal Progress, callings, seminary, changing the world…the list could go on! Making to-do lists is something I do almost every day to make sure I don’t miss anything…But often by the end of the day, I still have several important items left on the list and I feel a crushing wave of guilt and anxiety.
Life goes on, of course, and I usually end up doing those things the next day…but then more stuff gets pushed back and the cycle goes on. For example, I committed to write this post almost two weeks ago – Oops! And then I never get rid of that guilty feeling.
What if we tried something new? I heard a fantastic idea in the New Era a few months ago – instead of making a to-do list, make the opposite! Write down everything you DO get done each day. You’ll find it’s probably a pretty long list!
This concept reminds me of the hymn “Have I done any good in the world today?” I know most of you are familiar with it. As you look over your ‘done’ list each day, make sure you’ve done something for someone else. If not, maybe that should be the focus of your to-do list. Do something kind for someone today! Help a sibling with their chores, give your mom a hug, compliment that sweet girl in your seminary class – so many simple things that really make a big difference to the other person. It’s possibly the MOST important thing you’ll do all day, and will leave you feeling more satisfied and fulfilled than finishing the longest to-do list!
Let us know how it goes! Leave us a comment below!
A lot of times in life some things that are actually really simple or unimportant or not that big of a deal can stress us out. I speak from experience…I have had multiple times where I’ve stressed out about something and then later afterwards I wondered why I didn’t just chill.
I came across this saying or quote that says “If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes upset by it”
President Gordon B. Hinckley said “Be believing. Be happy. Don’t get discouraged. Things will work out.”
This is easier said than done, but I’d like to challenge you all this week to remember this 5 by 5 rule and the words of Gordon B. Hinckley. Whenever something stressful comes up or you get worked up about something that’s not that big of a deal, try to remember these good words of advice and incorporate it into your situation whether its in school, decisions, opportunities, etc. Know that things will work out as long as you believe, stay positive, and are trying to follow Christ.
When we take the sacrament each week, we renew our baptismal covenant to always remember Jesus Christ. This sounds so intimidating sometimes. How can we always remember Jesus Christ when we’re busy with things like school, work, developing our talents, and a million other things?
In President Russell M. Nelson’s April 2017 conference talk, Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into our Lives, he said, “It is mentally rigorous to strive to look unto Him in every thought. But when we do, our doubts and fears flee.” Everyone wants to get rid of doubts and fears. So it will be worth it to always remember Christ, but it won’t be easy. I’ve been trying harder lately to always remember the Savior, and I’ve found a few things that have worked really well.
Learn of Him. President Nelson discusses this in his talk as well. He read every scripture that mentioned Jesus Christ in the Standard Works! I have started doing this, and it’s not easy to wake up early so I have the time, but so worth it. I have felt the Spirit more and it’s been easier to think of the Savior and be more like Him.
Reminders. Pinpoint specific, everyday items in your home, and make them reminders of the Savior. For example, a bottle of soap. Every time you look at that bottle of soap, remember how the Savior can make us clean through His Atonement. Every time you sit down on the couch, remember how the Savior gives rest to the weary! Identify an object in every room that will remind you of Christ every time you see it!
I’m far from being great at this, but trying counts! Share in the comments how you work towards always remembering the Savior!!!
I love this quote by Neil L. Andersen. It is so true, because I know for those who were raised in the church, sometimes have a harder time of receiving their own testimony. It is such a blessing that we have parents who have raised us up into the church and has taught us to attend church weekly and to read the scriptures/pray daily…but do we actually want to do these things? Do we take joy in reading our scriptures, or is it just on our to-do list?
Today I’d like to invite us all, to think about how we feel about reading the scriptures – do we see as a chore, or do we see it as a blessing? Let’s all work on our personal testimonies this week!
Have you ever noticed how big an impact words have on others? A compliment brings a smile. An insult brings a frown. Just one word could change the atmosphere around you.
Sometimes we don’t think words have such a big impact and push away a thought to compliment someone or say something to someone. President Thomas S. Monson said “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient will remember them for a lifetime.”
How are you using your words? What can you do to improve your words? Maybe it’s cleaning up your language, maybe it’s saying “Thank you” more often, maybe it’s being more positive, maybe it’s teasing your siblings less. Whatever you do to try to improve your words, it will make a difference and invite more of the spirit into your life.
How can you use your words to bless the lives of others?
Final quote by Thomas S. Monson, “As we arise each morning let us determine to respond with more love and kindness to whatever might come our way.”
To end I’d like to share with you an uplifting song called “Words” by Hawk Nelson. Think of what you can do with your words to better bless the lives of others while you listen to the song.
Hello my beautiful Marigold Girls! I took a little break during Spring break from blogging so that is why you haven’t seen much posts on here the past week. Now we’re back in schedule!
Today I would like to ask you the question…do you have Christian courage?
Here is a great video that was shared in my seminary class about this:
Do we have enough Christian courage to not accuse our accusers, to treat them with Christ-like love, when they’re not treating us with love? Are we brave enough, strong enough? I prompt all of us to focus on these words this week, and to ponder on what it really means to have Christian Courage.
I love this quote so much! It inspires me every time I see it! Look for the good in everything – when life’s down and when life is good! Whether it’s rainbows after rain, stars in the night, smiles from your mom, blowing bubbles with your siblings, or eating bacon for breakfast! 😀
Sometimes I look in the past and think about things that I should’ve done, or wish still had, but the past made me who I am. The past made you who you are, and everything that you know. We should also be careful to not worry about the future and question God’s plan for us. It’s ok to have goals/plans, but at the same time we need to live in the moment. We will never know when it’s our last day, so let’s live each day to the fullest…