Every spring and fall the leaders of my church gather us, “the members” from around the world. We meet at our meeting houses and in our homes for what is known as General Conference. This is a time when the leaders of our church speak about whatever they feel we need to hear and it is broadcast. I know that every spring and autumn I am going to hear exactly what the Lord wants me to know. He lays it heavy upon my heart and my mind.
We normally hear about how we, the members, can strengthen our faith through wholesome family activities, reading our scriptures every day, participating in our meetings and conducting daily family prayer. We also hear a lot about our relationship with Christ. And those are all great lessons for us to learn, but this past conference I heard a statement that rocked me to my core. It has changed how I thought about my future and my past. It has changed how I speak with my Lord; my God. It has changed everything: I heard…
“Having a fear of the future is denying faith in God’s plan. It is denying Faith that the Lord will provide for us.”
I have been fearful for so long. I have been afraid of not having enough money to pay my bills, so I don’t pay my tithing (I play catch up… a lot). I have been afraid that taking a job that could be better for our family because of the fear that when something sounds too good to be true, it normally is. I have been afraid to get rid of baby clothes, and extra books, and clutter that fills my home, because I never know when I may need it. I have been afraid to say no to people for fear that they may never say yes when I ask. I have just been afraid (that’s the simple truth). But those simple words that were spoken during conference has changed how I look at things. I have read the Scriptures and I know the stories that are contained within those passages. In the very first book of the Bible we learn of Abraham and the great faith he had in God. He knew he must follow God’s plan. He was willing to sacrifice his son (and we all know how the story ended), at the last second, just before Abraham sacrificed his beloved son, Heavenly Father provided a lamb to be sacrificed in Isaac’s place. He provided for Abraham. In Exodus, we hear about Moses and his people wandering in the desert with no food and no water, and the Lord our God provided again and again for them, His people. In Psalms, we hear songs of God’s providence. So I ask you, if we know these stories, and we have studied them, why can we not apply them to our lives? Why are Moses, or Abraham and their people so much more special than we are? Doesn’t Heavenly Father have a plan for each one of us, just as he had for them? The answer isn’t hard; it is simple, of course He does. He has a plan for each one of us.
In our lives it has become so hard for us to have faith in God and his plan for us. Our days are filled with distractions, white noise, that keep us from developing our faith. These distractions help to fill our heart and minds with doubt. Distractions that are a part of our daily lives; kids and neighbors, activities and just things (things that pop up and distract us). Some of our distractions like our precious children are good distractions, but other distractions take us away from living what we truly and deeply believe. They distract us from our Faith. When we are distracted we begin to savor and crave the things of man before savoring the things of GOD. And next thing we know, we are filled with fear. Fear of what is, of what could be and what isn’t. This fear isn’t of God. When we notice we are fearful, we are distracted and we are not having faith in our God and that he will provide for all for us. We need to stop what we are doing so that we can redirect our time and energy. We must immerse ourselves in gospel truths and surround ourselves with goodness and gratitude; lifting all blessings in prayers of gratitude. Having faith that the Lord will provide all needful things for us is something that is scary for us all, but again, this is the fear sneaking back in. My mother always tells me to “let go and let God”. These words cannot be any truer.
Sisters, it is my sincerest prayer that your hearts are calmed by these words and that your fears are hushed. My heart is filled with so much joy to be able to share with you my epiphany. I know that these words were laid upon my heart and mind with great purpose. I know that as we all search the Scriptures truths about God’s plan for each of us will be revealed. I want to testify to you all that Our Father in Heaven is a gracious, loving Father that wants us to be happy and have a life filled with everything that is needful. Our Father provided a sacrifice of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that we could return to live with him in Heaven. It is all part of His plan. We just need to let go of our fears and have faith that He will provide us with all things. I leave this testimony with you in the name of the Son, Jesus Christ, Amen!
Further study for you:
Jeremiah 31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
Jeremiah 31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
Psalm 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of