Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Choose to Stand For God

The Prophet: Thomas S Monson
I love the words of this scripture, “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death.” (Mosiah 18:9)

There are many great people in times past who stood their ground such as Joan D’Arc, Mother Teresa, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Joseph Smith. Which people inspire you to stand as a witness of God?

This post is about intentionally standing with people of faith. It is crucial that we identify people who are standing as a witness of God and join with them. Together we are stronger and more confident.

“Have you felt the influence of righteous leaders, those disciples of Jesus Christ who have in the past and continue today to touch your life, who walk in the Lord’s path with you?” (Rasband) They might be…
  • members of your congregation
  • members of your family
  • a bishop, minister or missionary
  • the Prophet
  • Jesus Christ
  • a childhood coach or mentor
  • a sunday school teacher
  • a hero or heroine 

Ronald Rasband says, “Relationships with leaders are so important and significant. No matter what age leaders may be, how close or far away, or when they may have touched our lives, their influence reflects the words of the American poet Edwin Markham, who said this:

‘There is a destiny that makes us brothers:
[No one] goes his way alone:
All that we send into the lives of others
Comes back into our own.’” 

I agree with Ronald. In a world where we are more and more isolated from our family members, neighbors and co-workers, we need to reconnect with people who inspire and motivate us for good. I have benefited greatly by participating in a community of like-minded homeschoolers who share my commitment to education, progress and growth. In a community, I feel connected and supported and strengthened. This feeling of security is one that I have not always had in my life and I cherish it. I am so much stronger when I do not stand alone.

Source: Rasband, Ronald. Standing with the Leaders of the Church. April 2016

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