How to Stay Strong?
by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
1. "In the midst of life’s greatest storms, do not forget your divine heritage as a son or daughter of God or your eternal destiny to one day return to live with Him, which will surpass anything the world has to offer". Elder Rasband also explained that "no mistake, sin or choice will change God's love for us." It gives a lot of comfort to know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who loves us despite of all our weaknesses and shortcomings. It strengthens me that even if there is no one around to understand and care for me, He will never fail to be there for me. Let us always fight our daily battles in the strength of the Lord.
2. "As you faithfully live the gospel of Jesus Christ and abide by its teachings, your testimony will be protected and it will grow."
How can we faithfully live the gospel? Elder Rasband answered this question very well. He counseled,
- Ponder the scriptures regularly, and remember the thoughts and feelings you experience as you read them.
- Seek other sources of truth as well, but heed this caution from the scriptures: “But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.”
- Attend Church meetings, especially sacrament meeting, and partake of the sacrament and renew covenants, including the promise to always remember the Savior, that His Spirit may ever be with you.
- No matter what mistakes we have made or how imperfect we feel we are, we can always bless and lift others. Reaching out to them in Christlike service can help us feel the love of God deep within our hearts.
3.Keep the covenants you have made, regardless of the actions of those around you.
Never forget, question, or ignore personal, sacred spiritual experiences. The adversary’s design is to distract us from spiritual witnesses, while the Lord’s desire is to enlighten and engage us in His work.
4. Be diligent parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who strengthen loved ones with personal testimony and who share spiritual experiences.
Generations are affected by the choices we make. Share your testimony with your family; encourage them to remember how they felt when they recognized the Spirit in their lives and to record those feelings in journals and personal histories so that their own words may, when needed, bring to their remembrance how good the Lord has been to them.
5. Remain faithful and steadfast, even if storms of doubt invade your lives through the actions of others. Seek that which will edify and fortify you spiritually.
"...remember the spiritual foundations you have built. I promise that if you will do this, avoiding things that do not build and strengthen your testimony or that mock your beliefs, those precious times when your testimony prospered will return again to your memory through humble prayer and fasting. I assure you that you will once again feel the safety and warmth of the gospel of Jesus Christ."
6. Avoid counterfeit offerings of so-called “truths” which are so pervasive,
7. Remember to record your feelings of “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance.
I love this LDS.org site. It gives me a lot of ideas on how I can make my gospel study more fun. I decided to read the talk of the week section every Monday. I know it will bless my life and those around me. I am grateful for the foundation I had built from the past. I testify that the strength I have today as I face lots of changes in my life is rooted from the seeds I have planted. I know this talk is true .And I will live it.