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March 12, 2020 – Control what you can

“Many of the messages that bombard us in the information age are the spiritual equivalent of feeding hay to deer—we can eat it all day long, but it will not nourish us.

Where do we find true spiritual nourishment? Most often, it is not trending on social media. We find it when we “press [our] way forward” on the covenant path, “continually holding fast to the rod of iron,” and partake of the fruit of the tree of life. This means that we must deliberately take time each day to disconnect from the world and connect with heaven.”

  1. Elder Stephen W. Owen, “Be Faithful, Not Faithless”, General Conference, October 2019

I am concerned that many, many of the people in this world today believe what they read or hear. They won’t learn for themselves. They won’t hit their knees and ask for themselves. Heavenly Father will lead us where we need to go, if we ask.

One way to control the masses is to scare them. Scare them so they are afraid to think for themselves. When we’re scared to think for ourselves, we are doomed to think, act, dress, and behave the same. The mob mentality is a perfect example.

Always question authority. To question, though, does not mean reject, oppose, or even disagree with. It just means is that you care about YOUR best interest. They might not care or might have to care about many and not just yours. Interesting thing about Heavenly Father though, is that He cares about your interest, and mine, and He also cares about the interest of everyone…and He can care about everyone together, but still individually.

We are blessed, in our lives, to have that exact opportunity to know what is best for us and our families. Heavenly Father will not scare us into submission. He does not want to control us. While He, through His Son, is steering this ship through turbulent waters, He has given us a way to know, for ourselves, what is best for us. In fact, He encourages us to know for ourselves. He wants us to pray and ask. By personal revelation, He will reveal to us His will.

Now, what we are seeing in the world today is difficult to comprehend. Because of that, many changes are occurring. Changes that might not be agreeable or make sense. I get frustrated because it shouldn’t even be an issue but the world is how it is. All we can do is trust that the Lord is steering this ship to safety and security.

Or, maybe there is something bigger to His plan. We don’t know. We’re mortals. Our limited view has blinders. We can speculate, which leads to wrong conclusions. We can assume, which, well you know. We can guess, which is just silly.

All we can truly do is trust Him. Ask Him what is His will for us. Then do it. Focus on doing the things He asks. Focus on ourselves and our loved ones. Take care of those around us. That’s all we can do. Control what is in our control.


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