I am looking forward to LDS General Conference this weekend and have been reading from the previous session. I love this quote from Elder Cook:
If the grim realities you are facing at this time seem dark and heavy and almost unbearable, remember that in the soul-wrenching darkness of Gethsemane and the incomprehensible torture and pain of Calvary, the Savior accomplished the Atonement, which resolves the most terrible burdens that can occur in this life. He did it for you, and He did it for me. He did it because He loves us and because He obeys and loves His Father. We will be rescued from death—even from the depths of the sea.
Our protections in this life and for eternity will be in individual and family righteousness, Church ordinances, and following the Savior. This is our refuge from the storm.
What a blessing it is to have faith in Christ and “live after the manner of happiness”.
There is a difference between living with God and living for God. This difference was illustrated by the Savior in Matthew 19:16-26, also known as the story of the young rich ruler. The young man lived a good life. He kept the commandments, treated people well, and found success. He had a desire in his heart to follow the Savior. The young man lived with God in his life, however, when he asked what more he could do, the sacrifice the Lord required was too great. The young man set limits on his faith, and to live for God exceeded the price he was willing to pay.
I hope you will not set limits on your faith. As the Savior said in Luke 9:24: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” The goal in life is to become the best possible version of ourselves, the person God knows we are and wants us to become. This cannot happen if we set limits on our faith and are unwilling to do what He asks of us.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.