"In the Church today, one Sabbath day each month is set aside for the purpose of fasting. Members of the Church go without food and water for two consecutive meals in a 24-hour period and then contribute the money that would have been spent for that food to those in need."
To learn more about the law of the fast, click this link! https://www.lds.org/topics/fasting-and-fast-offerings?lang=eng
We seriously bought like five boxes of pizza for our family of five. LOL. It was just a great deal and we could have leftovers. BUT, THE PROBLEM IS.. the next day was Sunday... fast Sunday. We would be fasting two meals and not eating or drinking. SO, that means absolutely no pizza. WHAT?! Hahah.
I usually am really good about fasting. But, oh my goodness. I HAD A ROUGH TIME. I kept going into the kitchen. I kept opening the fridge and longing for the pepperoni pizza. I was only thinking about FOOD and I was so hungry. Basically, I did everything you are NOT supposed to do when trying to fast. AND GUESS WHAT? I completely lost it and ate two whole slices. I am SO NOT proud of it.
I popped those two slices of pizza in the toaster oven and felt so bad the entire time. BUT THEN, I STILL ATE THE PIZZA. And let me tell you.. the pizza was horrible. I am not joking. It didn't even taste good. I just felt so bad for having no self control that I couldn't even enjoy my beloved (or so I thought) pizza. IT WAS NOT WORTH IT. I should not have broken my fast.
Fasting is a commandment-- truly a law given to us by the Lord. He has amazing blessings in store for us if we follow this commandment.
"Blessings associated with the law of the fast include closeness to the Lord, increased spiritual strength, temporal well-being, greater compassion, and a stronger desire to serve.”
^Who doesn't want these blessings? Seriously.. so awesome!
I am writing this blog post to not only emphasize how important the law of the fast is.. but how important all the commandments are. I gave into temptation. I sinned. I longed for that pizza. I didn't have my eye on the goal. I thought two slices of pizza was more important than God and what He has asked for me. Some people may think I am being crazy, but "by small and simple means are great things brought to pass." I say it all the time.. but all your choices matter! Why did I even go into the kitchen? Hahah. If you know there is going to be alcohol at a party; why even go to the party? Seriously though, let us all stand up for what is right. Let us "press forward in a steadfastness in Christ." He will lead us and guide us. I sinned. But, I can repent and try again. I don't need to feel bad about it anymore. I can just work on the NOW and my choices NOW. You will not feel good if you sin.. it's just not possible. It could be a temporary pleasure, but don't you want the real and everlasting joy that comes through Jesus Christ? THAT is the goal. Follow the commandments; because it is the way back to live with our Father in Heaven.
Thank you all for everything and have the best day!
XOXO. --Alec Marie