Sunday, September 4, 2011

Are burdens holding you back?

I had the opportunity to teach the ladies at church last Sunday, as if I have anything to offer them. I am privileged to associate with wonderful woman who are great examples to me. My lesson was taken from a talk given by Boyd K Packer a General Authority of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and can be found in full here. I choose to focus on the latter part of the talk.

My favorite part was this quote;

"If you are carrying some burden, forget it, let it alone. Do a lot of forgiving and a little repenting, and you will be visited by the Spirit of the Holy Ghost and confirmed by the testimony that you did not know existed."

Sometimes we allow the challenges of life to burden our lives so much that they prevent us from progressing forward. If this is the case the best option that leads to happiness is to "forget it and let it alone." I believe that the Holy Ghost is a member of the God head and can be our companion if we are worthy but only can we hear it promptings if we are focused of progressing towards God. If there is something in your way that is not helping you progress forward "forget it and let it alone." This is not easy but it is worth it.

I shared with the beautiful ladies at church an experience I had. I felt hurt and decided to take offence. Thoughts such as "I am sick of being nice because people just take advantage of me" and "I am just not going to offer any more" and "they should have known better" surged through my mind. And all of a sudden I started thinking of other things and people who have wronged me. Before you knew I was of the track of anger. As I was fuming to Ben he stopped me. "Who are you? You need to stop!" I realized that I had allowed a small misfortune to burden me so much that I didn't even represent myself, I had allowed darkness into my being.

At that moment I decided to to suck up my pride and "forget it and let it alone!" and let light and happiness back into my world.

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