Being a Latter Day Saint, there can be a stereotype that there are a lot of "rules" to being a member. We don't drink coffee. We don't go shopping on Sundays. There could be a long list of "DON'T's". But, it's not like that. God has given us commandments, and I want to follow them. Just as John 14:15 says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." I love my God. I want to serve Him. By following and sticking to my standards, I have found greater happiness than I could have ever imagined. It's not simple and it doesn't happen over night. But as I come closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ.. I can feel the difference. AND IT'S WORTH IT.
That is my topic for today's blog post.. That it is worth it to follow God. It is worth it to have faith in Him and everything He commands. For example, I choose not to cuss. I don't think saying bad words brings the Spirit into my life and I don't like it. Many people would argue that everyone says bad words.. so, who even cares?! This idea that if everyone else is swearing, does it really matter if you don't swear? On the outside looking in.... maybe, it doesn't matter. Maybe, swearing ONCE won't kill you. You're right, it won't. BUT.. I choose to not even go there. I choose to not cuss and that's the end of the story. I don't want to look back on my life and think "I knew what I was supposed to do, but I just didn't do it to the best of my ability." Your simple daily habits affect who you are as a person. The small daily positive efforts to strengthen your relationship with Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ matter! So say those prayers, study those scriptures, be modest in dress and in word/action, go to church because you want to, and live the life God would have you live.
We all make mistakes. We all say things we shouldn't. We all try and fail. But, Christ's Atonement is real. Start today to be the person you want to be. It doesn't matter what the world does, what everyone at school does, or the celebrities on TV. There is an unchanging God out there. He lives, He is real, and He loves you. With that knowledge alone, I am so willing to surrender myself to serve my Heavenly Father. I mess up, but I can try again because of repentance, God's love for us, and Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice.
I am so grateful for LIFE and to be living right now. Stand up for what you believe in, even if it seems like you're alone. I testify that you're not alone and you can do this! Choose to be on God's side and He will direct you through the power of the Holy Ghost.
- Alec Marie