The Small and Simple

Recently, I realized that I used to feel so close to God, but now, all of the sudden, I feel like I am so far away from him.

As I have been reflecting I have realized that I have been forgetting the small and simple things.

What are the small and simple things?

Honestly, I think they are different for each person. But for me, the small and simple things are those little things that can build my testimony or take away from my testimony.

My small and simple things are sincere scripture study, deep and honest repentance, sincere prayer, and obedience to the commandments.

These things lately have felt like a checklist for me. I wake up and say my prayers. CHECK. I read a chapter of the Book of Mormon. CHECK. I pray before I go to bed. CHECK.

But, because they have been more like a checklist, I have gotten lost. I have not received as much from them as I could.

I have a picture of what I wished my life looked like, for example:

One day a young woman woke up. She was grateful for the new day and was full of so much energy and excitement for the events that would happen. She couldn’t wait but to thank her Father in Heaven for letting her live another day and for blessing her with the opportunities that were planned for the day. While kneeling in prayer, she prays to have her Father help her keep the commandments and notice the ways that she is falling short. She prays for the Father to place people in her path that need encouragement and love. She prays for an opportunity to share with others the Gospel and the Love that He has for them. She prays full of love and gratitude.

Then, she crosses her room and opens up her scriptures. Instead of quickly browsing through the chapter, she writes down a question. Today her question is “What is God wanting me to learn from my trial?” She reads the scriptures, pondering each verse. She thinks about how that verse applies to her. While reading, she is overcome with the spirit as she receives the answer to her question.

This young woman continues on throughout her day. She notices a little boy who is sitting by himself. She asks him how he is doing. She can tell he is glum and feeling down. She notices that he has drawn a beautiful drawing in his notebook. She tells him what an amazing job he has done. His face lights up and he offers her the drawing and walks away.

She realizes, here was the person God needed me to touch today. She sends a silent prayer in gratitude for being able to help someone smile.

Later, she is talking with a co-worker who has recently been wondering about religion. The co-worker asks the young woman what she believes. She responds with love and simply states that she believes that “God loves all of his children”. This leads to a conversation about God.

The young woman realizes that this is the missionary experience that she had prayed for.

At the end of the day, the young woman returns home. She is exhausted. She watches some Netflix, and instead of praying while laying in bed, she gets out and kneels down. Here she repents for the wrongs that she had done for the day. She repents of the judgments she made, the gossip she spoke, the hardness of her heart. She then thanks Him for the Atonement and how she has a Savior that helps her to repent. She prays to thank God for the opportunity that she had to obey the commandments with strict obedience. She is filled with so much love. She knows her Heavenly Father loves her. She falls asleep with plans to do it all again.

As I think about this young woman, I think about what I can do to change. First, my prayers need to be more sincere. This is a small and simple thing that if I just go through the motions, I could lose my testimony. However, if I pray more sincerely, it can be something that helps me come that much closer to God. Second, my scripture study needs to be more of a study versus a read. Through studying, I can gain a stronger testimony of the different gospel topics that I don’t know or understand well. Lastly, I need to focus on obedience and repentance. These are small and simple. They can be done easily in a day, but if we don’t do them, it could lead to us leaving and abandoning our faith.

I encourage you to find those small and simple things that you can do in your life to improve your relationship with God. I know that he wants us to come and find him. I know that he wants us to seek him and understand him. I know that he wants us to feel of his love. I know we can do that by following his word and continuing to do those small and simple things.

Our small and simple things

Book of Mormon Monday: Purpose and Introduction

Book of Mormon Monday officially starts today. The video has been uploaded to YouTube. 🙂 I am super excited about this!  Click on this link to take you to the video. https://youtu.be/F54guXeOCgo

This video is less than 10 minutes long and briefly takes you through the first 4 pages of what you would see if you started to read the Book of Mormon.

To Summarize:

Title Page: Shows that the Book of Mormon is ANOTHER Testament of Jesus Christ

Second Title Page: Explains the purpose of the Book of Mormon and that it is created for “the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS IS THE CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Book of Mormon)

Table of Contents: Each of the Men listed were called of God to keep the record.

Introduction: Explains who the people are that wrote the record, who translated it, and what the PROMISE of the Book is.

If this is something that you are interested in learning about, please check out the video.

I know that if you are sincerely seeking for an answer on if this book is true, that the Lord will provide you with an answer. It has provided me with so much hope throughout the years and has added to my understanding of the Bible to be the word of God.

You can get your own Book of Mormon from https://www.mormon.org/missionaries and then click on the link in the bottom right hand corner to request to get your own Book of Mormon free of charge and delivered to your door! 🙂

Link to Book of Mormon Monday video: https://youtu.be/F54guXeOCgo

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Big News!

So, I have been praying and thinking a LOT about what to do to further on the work that He needs me to do. I have thought about what things I would’ve liked to have when I was first developing my own testimony and have decided that I am going to promote Book of Mormon Monday.

On Monday every week, starting on 6/18/18,  I will post a link to YouTube and a brief explanation on my blog, as well as the full video on my Facebook page Yaersblog and the link on Twitter and Instagram.

Basically, you should be able to find it! 🙂

These videos will be about the Book of Mormon and what its purpose is. This is for people who have questions about the Book and are wanting to seek out for themselves if it is true, as well as those who are wanting to grow in their understanding.

I am super excited for this and hope that you will benefit from it as well.

 

Check out my opening video on:

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Twitter: @yaersblog or www.twitter.com/yaersblog

Instagram : @yaersblog or  https://www.instagram.com/yaersblog/?hl=en

YouTube: COMING SOON!! 🙂

If you want you can follow or like these pages as well! 🙂 Thank you all for your support!

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Why Are There So Many Churches?

Why are there so many churches? When I was on my mission I got this question ALL the time. I never really quite understood why we have so many churches until a little while ago.

When Christ was on the earth, he established his church. He was the prophet, had apostles and the power of God known as the Priesthood. He instituted the sacrament and commanded his people to meet together often. He would refer to the Old Testament as the Scriptures and commanded the New Testament authors to write down and record. His church was perfected. He promised us that His church would be so good that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds pretty great!

So what happened?

Before Christ died he gave His Apostles the power to teach His gospel, perform ordinances of salvation, and establish His church in the world. After paying for our sins in the Garden, Christ was taken by the people to be killed.

Eventually, after his death, persecution and resurrection, all of the Apostles with that priesthood power were killed. This meant that the priesthood keys, and authority were taken from the earth.

Without the Apostles, the church was dispersed and people tried to continue what had been created. Lots of the principles that Christ had taught and developed had been changed and distorted. That is why we have so many different churches. Each one has bits and pieces of what Christ’s church had but for a while, not one had its fullness.

I like to think of this time like a Mirror.

broken glass When Christ was on earth it was like this perfect shiny mirror. When you looked inside of it you knew that it was the truth. But, when Christ died that mirror was shattered into a million pieces and only He knew how to put it back together. The people tried to put this mirror together but it wasn’t theirs to fix. Christ had to come and put the pieces back together.

That is why I believe that Christ needed to restore his church back to the earth.

And guess what?? He has! I know that he has. I know that he has provided us with scriptures, continued revelation through a Prophet and Apostles, the Priesthood of God and ordinances of Salvation. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has all of those things.  I really am so blessed. I know that he wants to help me and you know if this is true and that he will testify to us through the Spirit of the Lord.

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If you would like to learn more about how the church was restored visit https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/joseph-smith-and-the-restoration to read more

or visit https://www.mormon.org/missionaries to chat with the missionaries and they can talk to you more about it. 🙂

The Book of Mormon

If you are new to the Mormon church, currently meeting with the missionaries, curious, or even a lifelong member, you may have some questions about this Book. Many people aren’t quite sure what to believe about it.

I remember the first time that I read the Book of Mormon all the way through. I remember that it took me several years. I did as the Introduction asks and prayed to know if it was true. I didn’t have an angel appear to me and I didn’t feel the earth quake or tremble beneath me. All I could feel was the love that God has for me. All I could think about was how much better my day went when I read from the book. Or even how much more I knew about my Savior from reading. I knew from that moment that the Book of Mormon is a true book written for me and you for this time.

Some people haven’t had the same experience as me. Some people are skeptical to read the book, others haven’t read it with a sincere heart. Often people wonder if it isn’t true, others wonder if it is. To best answer if the Book of Mormon is a fraud you need to know a couple things.

  1. What is the Book of Mormon?
  2. Who is it for?
  3. What does it do?

Why do we have the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a record of the Ancient Americas that was translated by the Power of God through Joseph Smith. It shows how God communicated not just with the people on one side of the world, but that he spoke to all of his children. The Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the Ancient Americas that testified of Jesus Christ and of his Atonement.

Who is the Book of Mormon for?

Everyone and Anyone. The introduction to the Book of Mormon says “We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost.” The Book of Mormon is for those who are ready to humble themselves and truly ponder the message.

What does the Book of Mormon do?

The Introduction continues to say that “Those who [read the Book and] gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah.”

Those are all some amazing claims. The only way you can really know if it is true, is to read it yourself. What are you waiting for?

I testify that the Book of Mormon is NOT a fraud. I have read it, pondered the message and received a witness from the Holy Spirit. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that the Bible is the word of God. Because of the Book of Mormon I know that I will be able to receive revelation. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book and testify that as you read it, you will be able to find truth in it as well.
If you are reading this and want to get a Book of Mormon, visit this site https://www.mormon.org/missionaries and chat with the missionaries. They can get you a FREE Book of Mormon or Bible and deliver it to you in the next few days. 🙂

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