ONE || The Book of Mormon is transformative. It can transform us from the natural man into who we are meant to be. Every time we pick up that book, whether for hours or for just one verse, we gain strength to fight our battles. It helps us gain wisdom of the Plan, and find peace in our anguish. A little piece of heaven enlivens our spirit with a brighter understanding of our blessed Father and our loving Brother. As we study its pages day by day and bit by bit, it will change us. This transformation is what will bring us everlasting joy.
TWO || This year has been stressful and scary. Much of what has occurred has been out of our control. When times like this arise in my life, I have take a step back and asses what is most important, and decide what I am actually able to control. I cannot control the pandemic. I cannot control the choices of others. I cannot control the toilet paper shortage. But, I can control my daily habits. I can pray everyday. I can read my scriptures. I can connect with my family in my home and around the globe. As I gain control of these simple things I feel my fear begin to dissipate.
When we are searching for peace, the seminary answers—prayer, scripture study, love—almost seem too simple. Sometimes we might think lasting peace can only be found through great sacrifice or trial. But that is not the case. And Now is the time do what we know, and what we know is what we have been taught: study, serve, pray, love, obey.
THREE || “I am here, and I know where you are. Just do your best and I will take care of the rest.” These words entered Elder Tai’s mind at time of great anxiety and doubt. Hearing his story and this phrase has been the one thing that has held me together over the past few months. Since the pandemic, my “mom guilt” has exponentially increased. I have been blessed with more time with my kids and husband, but I feel like I am constantly failing as a mom, teacher, wife, ministering sister, and all my other roles. But as I pick myself back up, I try to remember these words and repeat them in my mind, “I am here, and I know where you are. Just do your best and I will take care of the rest.” What a good reminder of Christ’s love for each of us as individuals. Our Savior knows YOU. He loves YOU. He is happy with ANY effort you give. What if each one us repeated this phrase to ourselves each morning before our day starts? How would our days look different? What anxieties and guilt would we be able to let go of? What change would we see in our self-confidence?
" By consistently applying the doctrine of Christ in our lives, we will overcome inertia that impedes change and fear that foils action."
BENJAMIN M.Z. TAI
"For us to become who we need to be, it is essential that we know what to do and do what we know."
BENJAMIN M.Z. TAI
THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE
“If we each underwent a spiritual examination, what would we learn about ourselves? What adjustments would our spiritual physician prescribe?” Our challenge this week is to take a spiritual examination. We have provided an infographic from the summer issue of The Collective that will guide you through simple questions to determine where you are and provide prompts so you can write down where you want to go. As you take time to work through the examination, I encourage you to focus on the habits you want improve upon rather than the ones you want to loose; and always remember that “Jesus Christ is the Master Physician (and) through His grace our weakness can become strong.”