Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Mercy of God

Sometimes things don't go how we expect in life, and it can be extremely disappointing. It is natural for someone who believes in God to wonder if he or she has sinned, or why God would let this happen. I have felt this same disappointment, and when I have sought understanding from the Lord He has given me comfort. These verses explain God's tremendous love:

For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee.
In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
For this, the waters of Noah unto me, for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee.
For the mountains shall depart and the hills shall be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
--Isaiah 54:7-10

I think its easiest to understand these things when we remember who is promising them. It is the Lord Jesus Christ promising His people that He will not forget them. He gave His life for us. Remembering that, and understanding that, will help us not to doubt.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

General Conference

Today is Easter Sunday, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had General Conference - a meeting broadcast for the entire Church. We heard from our Apostles, Seventy, and the Prophet.

The thought occurred to me that it is a tremendous blessing to celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection by hearing from His anointed Apostles - men set apart to witness His divinity to the entire world. I know that He lived and died for us. I know that He bore all of our pains, sorrows, and sin because He loves us. I love Him because He first loved me, and I am grateful that He has placed His Priesthood on the earth, along with Apostles and prophets to teach us of His life. I know that He lives!