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August 29, 2020 - Every step we take

This very day—every day—He reaches out to you, desiring to heal you, to lift you up, and to replace the emptiness in your heart with an abiding joy. He desires to sweep away any darkness that clouds your life and fill it with the sacred and brilliant light of His unending glory.
I have experienced this for myself.
And it is my witness as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ that all who come unto God—all who truly believe, love, and do—can experience the same.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Believe, Love, Do", General Conference, October 2018

We are children of God. I am a son of God. That's difficult to fathom. I mean really understand what that is, what that means. It's difficult. We think of ourselves as children of mortal parents. We are, of course, but we are infinitely more than that.

Sit down quietly for a few minutes. Close your eyes. Think, imagine what life was like in the pre-mortal realm. With loved ones around you, with friends surrounding you, and with our Heavenly Parents right there too. Imagine them teaching you personally, individually.

Now, imagine that here on earth, you are surrounded by angels and spirits on the other side of the veil, many of whom are loved ones and friends. You can't see them, but they are mere feet away from you right now. Imagine also your Heavenly Parents watching your every move, everyone cheering you on as you move in the right direction or make the right choice, no matter how small. Imagine, also, the concern as loving parents and others when you take a step backwards. If the veil could be parted, even a bit, you would see many, many people there just for you.

You don't have to imagine this. Because that is exactly what is happening. Your friends and loved friends and loved ones (I imagine my best friend Ben who is on the other side now), they are all cheering us on now. We can't hear them, of course, but they are there. And somehow, someway, unbeknownst to me, our Heavenly Parents are there too, watching you and me. They watch every move, and non-move, we make. Waiting for us to ask for help.

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