Sunday, March 27, 2011

Choice

Most of the heartache, pain, and suffering we would not choose today. But we did choose. We chose when we could see the complete plan. We chose when we had a clear vision of the Savior’s rescue of us. And if our faith and understanding were as clear today as it was when we first made that choice, I believe we would choose again.

For Thy Good

April 2002 Sessions

Richard C. Edgley

 

 

h/t to my
friend for sharing this quote with me.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Growing some wings

I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings.

[William Sloan Coffin, Credo (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004), 7]

via Jeff Ringer: Finding Sanctuary; BYU Devotional May 25, 2010

"You can grow wings"

You can grow wings

Originally uploaded by Anniekster

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Definition: hyperbole

hy·per·bo·le /haɪˈpɜrli/

noun Rhetoric .

1. obvious and intentional exaggeration.

2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

3. Jocelyn’s go to coping mechanism for talking about her fears and frustrations in a way that engenders humor and honest dialogue.

Last week, while I was minding my own business, I received this text from my dear visiting teacher who had been visiting me without a companion:

Hi Jocelyn :) I’ve got a new companion! Does this Sunday work for you for a visit?

Most people would be pleased to have another visiting teacher. Most people would view this as another avenue for a great friendship. Seeing as I have always been blessed with delightful visiting teachers, most people would extrapolate that my new visiting teacher would be delightful, too.

I am not most people.

Saturday, as I was (of course) minding my own business, I brought up my concerns with Whitney. I explained to her how having a new visiting teacher was going to ruin EVERYTHING, that my new visiting teacher would spoil the dynamic that my amazing VT and I had developed, that I knew that my new VT and my old VT would just talk to each other and not to me. I ONLY WANT ONE VISITING TEACHER. Then we laughed. Whitney assured me that my new visiting teacher would be a blessing in my life.

She was right. My new visiting teacher is a delight. I’m really looking forward to getting to know her better. We’re already friends on facebook.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Definition: relief

re-lief /rɪˈlif/

–noun

1. alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress, oppression, etc.

2. a means or thing that relieves pain, distress, anxiety, etc.

3. money, food, or other help given to those in poverty or need.

4. something affording a pleasing change, as from monotony.

5. release from a post of duty, as by the arrival of a substitute or replacement.

6. the end of February and the beginning of March.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English relef < Old French relief, derivative of relever to raise; see relieve

Can I just say that I feel like making it through another February is delightful? I’m pretty sure that the only way I made it through this year was because of my mother’s February care package. My favorite part was the heart, rose-colored sun glasses that became a permanent fixture on my desk at work for use whenever I needed a new perspective.

Koko
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(h/t to Geevz @ hazardous undertakings for the dictionary format inspiration)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Let us choose faith

During the last hour of church, there I was minding my own business, just sitting, waiting for Relief Society to begin, when the teacher asked if I would read the following quote:

 

There is much that I do not know. I do not know the details of the organization of matter into the beautiful world we live in. I do not understand the intricacies of the Atonement, how the Savior’s sacrifice can cleanse all repentant people, or how the Savior could suffer “the pain of all men” (D&C 18:11). I do not know where the city of Zarahemla was, as referred to in the Book of Mormon. I do not know why my beliefs sometimes conflict with assumed scientific or secular knowledge. Perhaps these are matters our Father in Heaven described as the “mysteries … of heaven” (D&C 107:19) that will be revealed at a later date.

But while I don’t know everything, I know the important. I know the plain and simple gospel truths that lead to salvation and exaltation. I know that the Savior did suffer the pain of all men and that all repentant people can be cleansed from sin. And what I don’t know or don’t completely understand, with the powerful aid of my faith, I bridge the gap and move on, partaking of the promises and blessings of the gospel. And then, as Alma teaches, our faith brings us to a perfect knowledge (see Alma 32:34). By moving forward into the unknown, armed only with hope and desire, we show evidence of our faith and our devotion to the Lord.

And so, following Alma’s formula, let us choose. Let us choose faith.

Richard C. Edgley "Faith—the Choice is Yours," Ensign, (October 2, 2010).

These words resonated with my heart. There is much that I do not know, but I know the important. I know that God lives and that my Savior, Jesus Christ, atoned for my sins and made it possible for me to repent and improve. I have felt the purifying power of the atonement in my life and I want to share that sacred power with those around me. I want to bridge the gap of doubt, fear, and inadequacy that I face through the enabling power of the atonement. Faith allows me to persist knowing that the Lord’s promises are sure. I will continue to choose faith.