Seriously… Is this real life? I cannot even explain the absolute realness of the lords hand in this engagement. After being engaged twice now, I can fully say I know truly that when it’s the right time and with the right person, it all comes together. Even something as simple as my wedding ring that we waited on for weeks..coming in from shipment just shy of an hour before our engagement pictures. I am not the type of person to take ring pictures but truly I owe nothing but gratitude towards my Heavenly Father and how very much he is aware of our situations, some which we feel He might see as pointless or less important. He sincerely cares for us. I have so much to catch you all on about these past two weeks and the assurance I’ve received even through this engagement on how real the other side of the veil is. That we indeed have ministering Angels guiding and watching over us through the directions of our Heavenly Father. I know that God is so very patient with us and wants nothing but the best. How grateful I am for the heeded warnings He has sent my way throughout my life to help me get to where I am at today.
I am home from my mission! It’s weird to say that too!
Nope(: that was my ex who I was engaged to when I was 18.
So….yes. I’m engaged!!!! Almost three years of many moments of laughter, tears, hardships, blessings, and more importantly guidance by the hand of our Lord. You supported me through my schooling. You supported me when I had desires to compete collegiately for running. You supported me when I wanted to serve a mission. You even supported me when times came that I wanted full space to devote my time and attention to the Lord. You have done nothing but love, encourage, motivate, and strengthen me these past three years…as my boyfriend, as my friend and now as my fiancé. I truly have been blessed with someone who not only can help me grow physically, but spiritually as well. God knew I needed a best friend who I could fully trust and confide in before making such a sacred decision as this. I just never thought he’d give me three years to be able to develop such a a bond with someone I’ll be spending forever with.
"Because of the conflicts and challenges we face in today’s world, I wish to suggest a single choice—a choice of peace and protection and a choice that is appropriate for all. That choice is faith. Be aware that faith is not a free gift given without thought, desire, or effort. It does not come as the dew falls from heaven. The Savior said, “Come unto me” (Matthew 11:28) and “Knock, and it shall be [given] you” (Matthew 7:7). These are action verbs—come, knock. They are choices. So I say, choose faith. Choose faith over doubt, choose faith over fear, choose faith over the unknown and the unseen, and choose faith over pessimism.”
Because of my faith in Christ, I was able to finish several cross country races in my high school running career even with the medical condition that I had.
Because of my faith in Christ, I was able to take a lot of my doubts and confusion fed through anti-literature and change it into a positive opportunity to understand the fundamental beliefs that I have.
Because of my faith in Christ, I was able kneel in prayer almost two years ago and receive an answer from God in serving a mission.
Because of my faith in Christ, I am who I am today with a future brighter than I could ever had imagined.
Because of your faith….how has your life been impacted in a positive way?? Often times we get so caught up in all the fear, doubt, and hopelessness that the media fires our way, that we forget to consider how far our good, planted seed of faith has brought before us. “Doubt your doubts, before you doubt your faith”. I challenge each and every one of you to consider the faith that you have had in your life, and track the positive impact it has brought to your life.
" Prayer should be like tithing; talking 10% of the time and listening 90% in return."
I love this this little saying that a woman of the church had shared with me in one of my prior areas. I feel like often times when we kneel to pray, we forget to listen to our Heavenly Father’s response, and instead hang up the ‘phone’ on our line.
As the bible dictionary states under the topic of prayer:
"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship."
"I know not by what methods rare,
But this I know, God answers prayer.
I know that He has given His Word,
Which tells me prayer is always heard,
And will be answered, soon or late.
And so I pray and calmly wait.
I know not if the blessing sought
Will come in just the way I thought;
But leave my prayers with Him alone,
Whose will is wiser than my own,
Assured that He will grant my quest,
Or send some answer far more blest.”
I know our Father in heaven loves us and knows our every temporal and spiritual need. I do know that he waits patiently on his end as he repeatedly “calls” out to us to show us he is there. I know that as this poem expresses, God awaits to grant us with comfort and guidance. All he simply asks of us is to pick up the “call” on our end and respond. When was the last time you spoke with your Heavenly Father? He is waiting to hear from you. Let Him in.