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Week 31: Happy Easter!!

Apr 09, 2023

Happy Easter everyone! What an amazing time of year this is to celebrate our Savior and His resurrection. The Savior suffered and sacrificed himself on the cross for each and every one of us so we can have the opportunity to have resurrected, perfect bodies and live with Him and Heavenly Father again. 

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us so much. It is impossible to comprehend. At times when we are at our lowest, it may be hard to remember how great Their love is for us. But Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would not put us through the trials of our lives if they weren't for our benefit and if they didn't love us.

I read this talk recently called, "Bread or Stones: Understand the God we Pray to" by Michael Wilcox. In it he said...

"We worship a fourth watch God. So when the trials aren’t over and the blessings don’t come, don’t assume that He is not there, or He is not listening, or He doesn’t care, or you’re not worthy. Always assume you have not yet reached the fourth watch."

"What we need to understand about our Father in Heaven is that He prefers to prepare us to face the storms of life, the contrary winds, rather than to still them. So if you are past your fourth watch and He has not come, don’t assume that He is not there, that He doesn’t care, He doesn’t listen, or that you are not worthy. Assume your ship is tight like a dish. You will not sink. Somewhere in the past of your life, experiences have been placed by a wise and foresighted Father in Heaven to prepare you to face the very things that you are facing. As the lion and the bear came to David, before Goliath, to prepare him to face Goliath, so will lion-and-bear moments come in your lives before the Goliath moments come. Because if your ship was not tight like a dish and you have reached the fourth watch, He will come to you and still the storm. So if the storm is not still, we must assume our ship is tight like a dish."

3 Nephi 9: 22

Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love you!


Elder Mendenhall

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