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There is no substitute for private spiritual practices. These moments of personal worship are essential for establishing a connection to God. Yet, as prophets learned in the past, we may have a lofty experience with a burning bush in the mountains, but at some point, one must come down among the people.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have an innate desire to be better. Instead of trying to reach your goal all at once in a burst of energy, break down into small and simple steps that remain consistent over time.
People who experience depression and anxiety have a hard time feeling the Spirit. Prior to our mission, I was using a relatively mild medication that had worked well for several years and we felt that my depression would not be an issue. We were wrong. Almost invariably, missions will amplify and accentuate depression and anxiety and that was certainly my experience.
One of the blessings of the pandemic is my front row seat to my sons’ YSA ward at my kitchen counter. Each week, my admiration for the young adults in our church increases as I listen to their thoughtful comments and insights on Zoom. Despite a wide difference of opinion over the events in Washington D.C. on January 6th, 2020, the young men, aged 17-25 found a way to have loving discussion. Here is what I learned from them.
Consider our position for just a moment. We have information like no previous generation has ever known. We have wealth like no previous generation has ever had. And we are connected like no previous generation has ever been connected. As unique as all of this is to our generation, we face the same timeless tests that so many generations before us have faced.
As beloved children of the Most High God we have profound connections and privileges that at sacred moments are revealed to our awareness. One of these occasions comes when priesthood blessings are bestowed. Sometimes these blessings are assisted by angels…