"And since He bids me seek His face, believe His words and trust His grace, I'll cast on Him my every care."
This morning as I dressed for church I wondered about the gospel. I wondered, for those who haven't endured a faith-testing experience, I am surprised they even bother.
I don't really mean that. I have always had a testimony of my Savior, and have had need for the Atonement due to sin. But I never really understood the teachings of Jesus Christ. I'm quite sure that I still don't. But I see it in a new way.
A woman whose marriage has been plagued by addiction made the comment "I have spent many years worshipping eternal marriage, rather than worshipping God." I understood exactly what she was trying to say. There is so much disappointment in our lives because we fall short of the cultural ideals associated with our religion. But the true principles of the gospel bring us peace and joy in spite of our disappointing failures.
It has amazed me, as I've felt the healing power of the Atonement on my broken heart, how for years I have been going through the motions of the gospel without allowing myself to truly partake of its liberating message. I've been so consumed with the way I appear to others and their salvation, that I have neglected my own, and in the process denied myself the joy that comes with gratitude, forgiveness and love.
Though hard to achieve, the gospel allows me to live a life without frustration, worry, anger, or sadness. The influence of the Holy Ghost draws me back to my Savior, when I am "prone to wander."
A couple months ago I was feeling depressed and empty on a Sunday morning. It was fast Sunday and I knew that if I could muster the spiritual strength to bear my testimony I would be rewarded with the sweet feelings of the Spirit. I did so, and as I stood at the pulpit I wept with gratitude for the chance to once again feel close to my Father in Heaven. I told the congregation that what I really wanted, was to just stand there and relish those tender feelings. That of course, is not the point of testimony meeting, so I shared a brief testimony and sat down.
I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. It is full of truths and principles that are saving me.
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