10.07.2010

Standing Firm in the Faith

Living in Utah, it's been difficult for me to really experience people attacking my faith and putting down the Church. With so many members, we're not exactly the minority and many people believe what I believe. Today, for the first time, I experienced hatred and ridicule and deeply troubling words regarding the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. And to make matters worse, it stemmed from a person who used to be a strong, faithful member and used to be a friend who's now so blind with hatred towards the entire religion. I won't go into depth about it because it really hurt and upset me. It's murderous to have someone attack something you believe so deeply in and defile people you respect above all others. But in a strange way, it strengthened my testimony. I know what I believe is true and seeing that put in harms way was just another reassurance of how happy I am with the choices I've made in my life and the great lengths I would go to in order to defend it. It also gave me a greater appreciation for the Prophet and his Apostles for turning a Christ-like cheek to these offenses. I'm sure they deal with them every day, and yet they never complain about it. The world is ripening for destruction. I hope I can be in the group that makes it to Heaven. I've heard over and over that the righteous will look for the Lord's coming before that wonderful day. I've never understood that fully until now. I'm not perfect, and I have no room to judge others. But the world is getting so wicked that I found myself today saying out loud that I wish the Lord would come and cleanse it. I cannot even fathom how bad it really is out there. We live in a sheltered bubble and I'm sure what I experienced today was nothing compared to what's really out there in the world. I'm just so grateful for the truthfulness of the Gospel and the spirit for comforting me when I was so upset. I love my life and I love my Savior. I'm grateful for the countless blessings he's given Cory and I. Cory is at the top of my lists for the blessings. He's so incredible. I know if I keep striving to do what's right, and repenting when I make mistakes, that everything will be ok. That knowledge makes Cory and I, as well as our families and friends, eternally happy and I couldn't ask for anything more. It doesn't matter what people say about the Church or the horrible things they'll do to bring it down. It will stand forever. I'm grateful and humbled to be a part of that.

3 comments:

Marissa said...

I agree 100% with everything you just said!

Wendy said...

Couldn't have said it better myself!

Amy said...

Satan is alive and well and those who had the knowledge of truth truly turn into the harshest critics when they deny it since he gets such a hold on their hearts. Good for you for standing up for yourself and God, you'll be blessed! I look forward to the Second Coming all the time.