The Savior Wants To Forgive - Mormon Channel

Monday, April 14, 2014

There are days I really can't come to grips with the unconditional, pure love our Heavenly Father and His Son have for us. I am so beyond grateful for the knowledge that I have been blessed with, I am so beyond grateful for this gospel, and I am so beyond grateful for the love we are constantly, always and forever, so freely given.

Men are... that they might have joy. -2nd Nephi 2:25

Friday, April 11, 2014

There are moments in life happiness simply seems out of reach. There are times happiness seems much too foreign... far too unfamiliar. There have been days I simply haven't been able to remember what being happy feels like.

As of late, I have experienced days where sadness feels equally unfamiliar. Happiness has felt like home, it has felt comfortable, it has felt right. There is peace, and there is steadiness... there is hope. 

We have all heard that happiness is in the journey, not in the destination... and how true I have found that to be. Circumstances in life will continually change, and with those changes in life come changes with feelings, and emotions. Things happen in life that may alter our perspectives for a time, but then in moments of clarity we can see things for what they are. 

"...Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” -President Gordon B. Hinckley

I, for one, feel unbelievably grateful for the ride that The Lord has given me. There have been a lot of detours along the way. There has been a lot of traffic... a lot of construction. But in all sincerity, looking back, I can say my destination has been equally as beautiful as my journey. There have been beautiful landscapes along the way. Some of the scenery has been breathtaking, some has been ugly, but then there are moments like today. Today I look back at this road I have taken, and as I type, I type with tears of gratitude and love.

I love my Father in heaven, and I love His Son, my Redeemer. I am forever grateful to Them for the plan They have prepared for me. The road They have paved for me thus-far has been rocky, and often times uncomfortable. I have gotten carsick, many times, along the way. But those moments have led me to the most heart-stirring, awe-inspiring vistas of my life. What God has prepared for me is beautiful. My past, my present, and my future. It is perfectly designed for me. And as I look back I can hardly breathe.

It is all so perfect.

So absolutely perfect.

Saturday Afternoon Session LDS General Conference Quotes April 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Morning Session LDS General Conference Quotes April 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

If any of you are followers of my instagram account, you know how much I love quotes, particularly church quotes, and you have seen my attempt at trying to make pretty pictures out of them :) I will be posting some pictures that I have created for each session. I hope you enjoy!

God would not have made marriage such a sacred and vital institution if He did not intend it to work.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This blog has paved an incredible path for me to meet some wonderful people and create some very meaningful friendships. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities that have come from me deciding to share my story. In the process of writing this blog and meeting people, I have talked to and met hundreds of people who have gone through divorce; in fact, I get emails daily, from people who are experiencing it. There is nothing more humbling than knowing because of what I went through, I can be of some assistance to these people in some small way. I promised the Lord that I would use this trial that I was given to help others - in whatever capacity I can. You would think my heart might hurt a little less with each email I get - each divorce I hear about. The truth is, it doesn't get any easier. My heart still breaks every time... and the love I have for these people grieving increases - every, single, day.

If there is one message I want to convey to others who read this blog it is this: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Your Father in heaven loves you more than you will ever know. You have a Savior and Redeemer who gave His life for you. Whatever the struggle, whatever the heartache, whatever the disappointment, you will be okay.

Society needs to stop going into marriage thinking it's about us and our happiness - because it's not. Divorce - in most cases - is a total and complete cop-out. Divorce - in most cases - is not justified. Marriage is going to be one of the hardest things you ever get yourself into, but deal with it. Think of your other half - your better half. Love them and cherish them and respect them and honor them. Be patient with them, and for heavens sakes stop quitting the second things don't go your way. Stop thinking "your next marriage" will be easier, and "your next spouse" won't have as many problems. They won't always be the same problems, but trust me, they will have problems, and they will be just as real.

Think back to the day you promised forever, and think of why you promised forever. Mean it, and mean it again, every day. Re-commit to that decision every day. Twice a day if you have to. Seven times a day if you have to. "While there is any prospect of life, we seek healing again, and again... The same should be true of our marriages, and if we seek Him, the Lord will help us, and heal us. A marriage, eternal in duration - and Godlike in quality - does not contemplate divorce." -Elder Oaks

The fundamental foundation of this gospel is faith. We have faith that there are better things ahead. We have faith that God in fact, is there, and tomorrow will be brighter. We have faith in the fact that we are loved, and that we can be forgiven. Having faith in your spouse and in your marriage should be no different. I promise you, God would not have made marriage such a sacred institution if He did not intend it to work. Remember that marriage, and eternal companionship is a vital part of His perfect plan, and when things get hard - don't think that divorce papers will be the answer to your problems. From someone who was served them, let me tell you: they won't. The best things in this life take a lot of hard work, and God would not have marriage be any other way. Regardless of how lightly people treat it, marriage is still sacred, and it still means something. It should still be held in the highest esteem. As Elder F. Burton Howard states so eloquently: "If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by." 

It is my prayer that our marriages be far from ordinary, 
and remain eternal in duration.

I miss you, Grandpa.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two years ago today, my grandpa Christensen passed away. As my dad said to me last night, sometimes that day feels like forever ago, and sometimes it feels like yesterday. 

My grandpa passed away a few months before my divorce process began. I can't express how many times I wish I could have talked to him about all of it... or how many times I wish I could have seen that perfect, untainted look of love in his eyes... that look I so often see in my dad's eyes. As Elder Holland said to our family, one of the last days my grandpa spent in the hospital, "I always wanted to be like Harold Christensen." If that doesn't convey what kind of man my grandpa was, I don't know what else could.

I believe in angels. I know that Heavenly Father allows loved ones on the other side of the veil to watch over us, protect us, and guide us. There has been one specific spirit I have felt with me more than any other the past two years - and that is my Grandpa. He has loved me through the hardest times, and I have felt that love so specifically. There are times in the temple that he truly is so close, and it is a feeling that is absolutely irreplaceable... inexplainable. A feeling I will forever be grateful that I have experienced.

I am so thankful for the gospel and the plan of salvation. I am so thankful to know, that if I live worthily, if I live a quarter of the life my grandpa lived, I will see him again and be with him forever. I miss you terribly grandpa, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for holding my hand each and every day these past two years. I love you so much, and I am so grateful for the life and legacy you left us. 

I am honored to be your granddaughter, 
and I am so proud to call you grandpa.

Mormon Women & The Priesthood

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My thoughts are not your thoughts, 
neither are your ways My ways -Isaiah 55:8

"...with time and eternal perspective we will see things 
“as they really are...” 
 -Elder Andersen

It has taken me a while to put together this post, mostly because I wanted to sit on it and really take time to understand and consider each point of view. I have nothing new to add to the already well-written posts on Mormon women and the priesthood, but I thought I would share my thoughts anyway.

I've spent a significant amount of time on Ordain Women's website. I have read through comments and I have read things elsewhere from women who believe Mormon women of the church should be ordained, and in all fairness these women make some very valid points. I have tried to creep into their minds as much as possible, and I feel that for the most part I can understand their thinking. In so doing what I have come to decide is this: people in the church are very different. Members of the church are still members of the church, even when their opinions differ. People in the church, who have different ideas are not automatically dubbed evil. My conclusion: we are all children of God and we are all figuring out this mortality thing together. 

Now, with that all of that being said, I am perfectly satisfied with the church and its doctrines. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is precisely that: the church of Jesus Christ. If doctrines change, or if delegated priesthood authority will change: Jesus Christ will be The One to do so, and He will give the leaders of this church revelation in His time and in His own way. 

The fact is this: women at this point in time do not hold the priesthood. The fact is this: the church is still true. The fact is this: a group of women will not be notified before President Thomas S. Monson if fundamental doctrines change. The fact is this: the efforts being made to "equalize" members in the church by ordaining women with the priesthood is in actuality dividing members in the church. How can that be right?

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and I know it is being run on earth by men called and chosen of God. I know that if changes are made in the church, the prophet of our church will be the one to convey to us those changes. I know that women are inherently special, and I know that women who want the priesthood are equally inherently special, and can offer just as much to this church as any man, even without that same specific authority. I know the church and its doctrines don't always make sense, and yet I know that God is at the head of it, guiding us every step of the way. I also know that all that is good comes from God, and contention, dividing, rallying and protesting is not good, and it is certainly not what Jesus Christ wants for His church. I know our Father in heaven and our Savior love us infinitely and perfectly, regardless of what we believe and our differing opinions.  I know that we are each commanded to love others the same way. May we be humble enough to do so, and remain perfectly faithful even when we can't clearly see.
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