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Archive for May, 2011

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren [and sisters] I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of day, harden not your hearts.”

–Jacob 6:5

Our Savior has His arms open extended for ALL of His children. He invites us to come to him, to be healed and to cleave to Him. I know that as we turn to Him, He will wrap us up in His arms and comfort us through times of trial, heartache and despair! I know that He lives and He is inviting us to come.

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Forgiveness

Through our Savior we can be forgiven and we can find the strength to forgive others. No matter how hurt we may have been, when we direct it all to the Savior, He takes the pain and helps us to become whole again. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ “healeth the wounded soul” (Jacob 2:8). Chris Williams inspires me to find more strength in our Savior. I know that He lives! Visit mormon.org today!

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The Great Physician

Have you ever broken a bone or had to go to the doctor for a serious sickness? The doctor patches you up with lots of love and tender care and sends you on your way in much better shape than he found you. We’re invited to go to the doctor for check-ups every so often so he can keep tabs on us and fix any problems before any serious disease comes upon us. But, sometimes, we fail to recognize our need for the doctor…after all, if it’s not broken, no need to fix it! Right?

Actually, the scriptures teach us that the Lord requires “a broken heart and a contrite spirit” (3 Nephi 9:20). So, what does that mean? When are our hearts broken and our spirits contrite?

To me, a broken heart is an open heart. It is mold able, shape able, humble, submissive, teachable and willing. If we were to give up our physical heart to a physician, we would be giving up everything: our life and existence. This is what the Lord requires, that we give Him everything and allow ourselves to be placed in His hands. Along with a broken heart, the Lord requires a contrite or repentant spirit.

When we are placed in the hands of the Great Physician, He can heal and change us. He can make us stronger, healthier and happier. But, the key ingredient is that we must be willing to be molded. When trials come upon us and our hearts are broken, we can choose to attempt to heal on our own, leaving us with a hard and stiff heart failing to reach our potential. But, true conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not come without great trial and tribulation.

I know that through Jesus Christ, our hearts can be molded and changed and we can be healed. If we come to our Savior with a willing, humble, moldable, shapeable, teachable and submissive heart, we will find greater joy and strength.

Ever, a young man from Honduras, is a powerful example of being healed by our Savior. Sometimes we don’t know how broken we are, until we communicate and check up with the Great Physician. Turn to Him in prayer and He will leave you much better than He found you.

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