Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I Am Entitled... If I Have Faith.. I Can See The Light!

So I thought I would post something a little more..umm... happy? So you know me. I am my own worst critic... hard core. I never give myself a pat on the back. One thing I have learned how to do is to just say." its okay." Well this semester here at ISU is proving to be a nasty one. Just some of the classes / teachers I have are crazy! Homework is overwhelming and last week I slacked on my church calling because I was so busy... that made me feel horrid!( Its okay...its okay...its okay...) Well today in one of my institute classes the teacher had us write down a question on paper . This question is something we want to know from heavenly father. My question was something I have been thinking about a lot.In fact I've been praying about it for over a year now. I simply wrote down my question and then paid attention to the lesson. The teacher talked about how we are entitled to personal revelation. And how we have the holy ghost to be our constant companion. The holy ghost will help us answer those questions. Thoughout the class little segments of my orignal question were answered. The spirit touched my heart. Then I went to math. When I was walking back to the institute I began thinking about my original question. As I sat down in my other class the teacher began teaching about how to teach with the spirit/ how do we recognize the spirit. He then touched up upon the fact that we are entitled to receive personal revelation. I felt on fire during that class. I was allowing my heart and mind to be open to the spirit. Maybe I should try that a little more often huh? haha. I guess maybe this is a little scatter brained... but I am so thankful for the gospel and the knowledge I have of it. Its not like anything I learned today was new to me, but the spirit was able to touch my heart. In return I am able to apply it to my life. Im growing! haha. Such a great feeling isnt it? I know the Lord keeps his promises. That if I meet him half way that he will meet me in the middle. That when I keep the commandments I am blessed! Still its hard just kinda jumping into something. Like coming to ISU... it was kinda like stepping in the dark... one foot in front of the other just trying to find your way. I had a teacher ask me how I can just go.. The only thing I could think of is that the Lord is my light.

Well first off my FAVORITE book in the New Testament is John. Always has been. I could study that book non-stop and be the happiest girl alive! I love it so much because I feel like every verse personally touches my spirit more than other books. In John 1 the word " Light " is used a lot. It is capitalized too! John testifies that Jesus Christ redeemer and savior is the "Light" of the world.  Light shineth in darkness, and darkness comprehend is not. (1:5) Something that hit me that never has before is how important light is. Without light, life would be really hard. We live in a dark and dank world. If we allow it, the world will engulf us in a misty haze where light is hard to find. However, we have Jesus Christ. He is THEE light. If you uncover your eyes and have faith he will bring you out of the darkness. That light will eventually lead us to eternal and celestial glory.
"The Lord is my light, tho' clouds may arise,

Faith, stronger than sight, looks up thro' the skies,

Where Jesus forever in glory doth reign—

Then how can I ever in darkness remain?
The Lord is my light,

He is my joy

and my song,

By day and by night

He leads, He leads me along."
I dont know a better message then the Lord Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He will guide us, and lighten the way so we can see. Why should we fear, when his presence is near? I know that I will never be forsaken and that Jesus Christ will always be a beacon in the time of a great tempest, because he has pulled me out of the darkest of times. With him my questions are answered and I can act upon them. I am thankful that I was reminded of that in these simple verses. Jesus is thee Light of the world, and that we can carry that "Light" of Christ with us, and help our brothers and sisters here on the earth today. That we can carry that light to others in this dark world =)