Good Afternoon.

It’s been a while since I’ve written on here. My baby sister was the one who inspired me to write again. She asked for the url to this blog, and it hit me I hadn’t written in my blog since just after the passing of my grandmother.

This page still serves as a gospel resource for me. Somewhere I can share my testimony with the world. That testimony has been tried and tested these last 8 months, but that testimony that I know the Gospel is true, and that Jesus Died for our sins is still real in my heart. I know all this to be true, and I plan on writing more in the future. But until then, I bear this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen…

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Grateful for the Opportunity to Serve

Sunday I was formally released from my calling as 2nd Counselor in the Elder’s Quorum Presidency in my ward. This is the same ward I was baptized into about 5 years ago. I remember hearing from a previous Bishop with such a release can come a flurry of emotions. My most powerful right now is gratitude. I will not lie, I was sad to be released.

For starters release is a term we use in the church to acknowledge our current Calling (position/job) term has come to an end. The only callings that you cannot be released from are if you are called to be an apostle or Prophet/President of the church. So local and area positions can come to an end.

It was indeed an honor to serve the brethren of my home ward. Of course releases can come without warning. sometimes followed by another calling, or the basis that the Lord saw fit for your skills and gifts somewhere else. I am planning on moving soon, and while I am sad to see my time in the Elder’s Quorum Presidency come to an end, it will allow me time to focus on house hunting and packing.

When I called my girlfriend after my meeting with the High Priest, she reminded me of something I had told her a year or so ago, that “It’s a part of serving God, and that the Lord will indeed find work for you to do…”. I pondered long and hard about it, and found comfort in the fact that indeed there will always be work for me to do in the Lord’s kingdom.  One quote, my favorite Book of Mormon quote comes to mind…

“But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it, Amen”

1Nephi Chapter 9, Verse 6

No matter what I know the Lord will guide me towards my truest potential!

As I said before, it was an extreme honor to serve my brethren, some of who helped me out and showed great fellowship when I was a new member of the church. I feel through my service in the presidency, I was taught more lessons from those good brethren. I have no idea what the next few months hold as I prepare to move to a new town, and a new ward, but I’m confident in the strength of the Lord Jesus Christ, and my kind and gracious Heavenly Father.

This summer has been a very emotionally draining one, and I do know I will now have time to focus on feelings I may have tried submerging regarding the loss of my grandmother. I think within the next month or two, finding myself spiritually and emotionally will be of priority. I’m so grateful for the love of a wonderful family, an amazing girlfriend, and great friends, through this. As I have said, it was my grandmother and her Christ-like example that led me to my faith. She always urged me to follow God in everything I did, and I know I wouldn’t be here without her.

Through it all one thing is for certain and that is the growth in my testimony, that I know that Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father are there every step of the way in our lives. I know and wholeheartedly believe that families are eternal, and that This church is true! I know that we have a living prophet in Thomas S. Monson here on this earth, and I know no matter how old I am or what my condition is, the Lord will always put opportunities to serve and teach in my path, and I leave that with you in the name of Jesus Christ….

Amen.

Gerald R.

 

Silence the Demons and RISE UP!

I want to dedicate this post personally to my Family and Friends, and loved ones who never gave up on me….

Lets start the show!

Humans are a very strange creature. We talk, we write, we walk on two legs upright, we build vehicles, we build buildings, and massive habitats. We are a pack society no matter how much we don’t want to admit it. Human beings are very different from the animals around us. Our minds alone make us one of the single greatest predators on the face of this planet. We as a species are quite amazing. Simply put it’s because we were created in Heavenly Father’s image. With the diversity in our species alone, I can only imagine how beautiful he is!

But we have something that I beleive is unique to us, something that can deter us. Now when I say unique, I look at it from the beauty and the negative. That unique feature humans have over the rest is “demons“.

Now before I go on and everyone be stirred up abotu how anyone can glorify demons, let me first clarify what I mean by “Demon”. I mean in the metaphorical sense, in things that we hold onto, or things that hold us back that haunt our minds. something even the highest General Authority has faced. Let me begin.

Every human on this planet has encounter a set-back. From the most brilliant minds, to the most humblest of individuals living extremely hard living conditions. Demons simply put are of the adversary.

Demons come in all shapes and form. sometimes they come through images on a computer, sometimes they influence the actions of others onto us, and most of the time they are those voices in our heads that tell us those words “No”, and “Can’t” and defile our self image of ourselves. Which is the opposite of what Heavenly Father wants for us.

Now the crazy beautiful thing about our demons is, that once we overcome and silence them we become stronger. Gee, that sounds so easy, you might think. Just overpower it and you can grow! It’s not entirely true.

See those voices at the end of the day that are telling you that you are less than your heavenly worth, are well evolved and aren’t as easy to destroy. In fact it takes hard work. IT takes time, and it takes a never give up faith and attitude.

So a little back story. And this is somethign personal to me,that I’ve never really publicized, but for the sake of sharing my testimony on this subject I feel prompted to do so.

Here goes story time!

Now, throughout my life right into the first few seconds of breath I’ve faced trials. I often joke knowing the details of my birth that, I either shouldn’t be here today, or I simply didn’t want to come out so I was holding onto the insides for dear life. (A little dark humor)  Well when I was born as I was coming out, I got stuck inside my mother. This shows you the strength of my mother, she didn’t give up, she kept fighting. My right arm got stuck inside of her as I was coming out, causing severe nerve damage to my right arm. The doctors had told my parents that it would either never move or it would gradually get better but I probably wouldn’t be able to do much with it.

So I guess I must have been a tough cookie… My dad and mom sent me to all types of rehabs, and physical therapists. Then one day my dad noticed my rm moved, and that changed the game forever. I kept trying and moving it better and better over the years. By the time I was in elementary school, I had almost all movement. I could turn my arm all the way over, and sometimes it would hang wierd when not in use.

So I trained my mind. Sadly other kids saw it, and made fun of it. I guess because they dind’t understand it, or I don’t know the reason. But I remember being very angry as a child. I was always so angry. I was ridiculed for something I didn’t choose, somethign that was out fo my hands. A sort of trial Heavenly father placed in front of me. For MANY years I let those voices build in my head. I let the voices of those who didn’t know my story or what I had gone through make me feel less than my heavenly God given value. I let the demons grow in my mind, and I became isolated… I was always in fights because I was so angry, ironically training myself to throw a mean left in many occasions over a right.

Now for my parents who will read this, this is probably the first time they will ever have heard of this, and I apologise. It’s been one of those things I haven’t been able to get over or talk openly about with many people.

Back to the story. Well, the demons followed me into high school. I began to train my mind as I said earlier. Most people’s ligaments and muscles and bodies move almost automatically. Certain body parts just move and move and move. Well my arm had to be trained to move with me thinking about it constantly, just to appear normal. And I did that. I trained my mind to move it manually along with the other body parts of my body that way it could look “normal”. Mainly normal to the general public because normal to me had been what I saw when I looked in the mirror.

The demons continued to shout loud throughout high school. I trained myself to be virtually amidextrious. In my mind I heard the doctors who told my parents I’d never play sports, or that I wouldn’t be able to accomplish the things normal boys would be able to do.

I didn’t want to be left in the dust. I was a big kid, I was relatively strong, and I decided in high school, I wasn’t going to let those voices hold me back anymore. So I started wrestling, and learned how to use my other strengths.  I adapted. I learned I could prove the doctors and the ridicule, and the voices wrong. I knew I could silence them! Most of the time, when I was hyped up during a sporing event or needed a boost, I’d tune into a channel in my mind that vocalized those voices. I’d use it to give me a boost, I’d turn it into a game to help me push through and continue to prove those voices wrong. Over the years or hardcore gym workouts and mental training, I’ve gotten to a point where you barely recognize the injury that I was dealt at birth… Unless I get lazy in my mind and forget. Which funny enough happens more times than you think, and honestly that is a blessing

See the thing is, I was truly blessed in the first place. Over my years I’ve met many people with way worse conditions than my own. People with mental, and physical conditions. And sometimes these conditions aren’t the typical. As an assistant mission leader, I’ve learned that peoples demons can stem from their doubts and insecurities. I have seen this, and I’ve been blessed with such a unique perspective that I can reach out to them.

The moral of the story is no matter what you are dealing with it can be fought. It may not have the result you are personally looking for, but you can fight. Sometimes the insecurities are what kill us, but we can fight it. Demons don’t have to hold us back. We don’t have to hold on to it.

So let me get in your face for a second!

I don’t know what you’re personal demon or hang up is. If you want to talk about it, that’s cool, I’m willing to listen and offer my thoughts. But I want you to take from my story and from the stories of others, don’t let the demons get to you. Virtually we feed the demons when we give into those temptations, or start to give up. No keep fighting! The Lord is on your side. Whatever you are dealing with, you can beat it. IT may not go “away” btu you can control your own life. the demons don’t have to tear you down any longer. RISE UP

I didn’t ask for my condition. In fact I’m 100% sure none of us asked for our various conditions, diseases, addictions, and shortcomings. BUT, we can control our reaction. We can either lie over and take it, and be burdened by our pitfalls and pains, or we can RISE UP and stand against.

I’ve been fighting since the moment I took my first breath, and I’m not in the business of quitting. I’ll keep fighting, the question is WILL YOU!?

I’ll close with my testimony that our demons and situations can be beat and made to work for us. We just have to keep fighting. As long as we try The Lord will stand on our side. I’ll also leave you with a quote I heard last night….

“There’s an election going on at all times. Heavenly Father is voting for ya, the devil is voting against ya, and you cast the deciding vote”

Senator Orin Hatch “March 15, 2015 “Why I Believe” @ The Washington DC LDS Temple Visitors Center”

You cast that deciding vote, don’t give up on yourselves. I say these things in the Name of Jesus Christ…Amen.

RISE UP      

Gerald

Free Write (2/11/2015)

As most of my regular readers and friends know, I serve in my singles ward as an Assistant Mission Leader. I’m 25 and I’m a convert to the church. I love my calling, and I love serving in the capactiy that the Lord allows. So my calling and situation in my ward is really awesome and I wouldn’t trade it. It allows me to serve others and share the gospel, and seriously quite honestly, what more could you want?

So in January, I decided to do a self assessment of myself, and also after a regularly PPI, or a Personal Priesthood Interview, with a member of the Bishopric. I wanted to better magnify my calling, and do more service and work. I wanted to give more of myself so that I could carry out the Lords plan.

So I decided to get better at reading the scriptures, praying more, and start making it to my meetings on time, no excuses, and go to the temple more regularly.

Well I’ve been doing those things, and I’ve seen the change, and it’s awesome! I see it makes my relationships with people more better, and I just feel so more connected to the spirit, and able to hear it’s promptings so much better.

So Sunday we had the Monthly Stake Missionary Correlation meeting, and we were prompted by the Stake President to begin praying more for opportunities to share the gospel. But not just pray in general, but to pray everyday, and also to share our testimonies>

So usually most people gain full testimonies of things through basic action and reaction. So I took my Stake President’s council on praying for opportunities to share the gospel…

Lo and behold if it didn’t take three days for something to happen and that council to come to pass.

So I get to my office, and sit at my desk and start the daily ritual of turning my computer on and setting up my stuff for work, when a friend of mine who I ahd worked with at a previous job and had went to high school came up to me. HE lifts shows me “The Restoration” pamphlet handed out by every missionary usually on the first visit.

He asked. “this is your church right?”

I quickly replied, “Yeah dude,” At first I thought he had gotten the one I usually leave on my desk, but came to find out he had indeed met with missionaries, who had helped him at a time, referring to them as angelike in their timing and thier service when his car broke down. I was floored. This person is a long time friend, and here he was telling of this powerful experience he had just had. We shared a few more words and then I finished logging in.

Quickly I felt prompted to give him the Book of Mormon I kept in my desk for just this type of sitation. I wasn’t sure if they had given him one, but I decided to take a chance. I held the book in my hand, a little nervous, as anyone is before sharing a big part of their faith. I decided to just do it. I went over to him when I had a little bit of time, and I hadned him the book, explained a little about it, and then he shared he was going to be coming to church next weekend. He’s married so there wouldn’t be a visit to the singles ward. I told him I’d love to go if he’d have me there, and if he had any questions that he could come to me. He was gracious and thanked me.

It was such an extraordiany experience. I have had many missionary opportunities, but it really cemented my testimony on the daily prayer of such opportunities.

Simply put the Lord is going to put those opportunities in front of his disciples when the time is right. Pray for such opportunities, stay versed in the gospel to the ebst of your abilities, and keep yourselves in a lifestyle and mindset to recieve direction and inspiration of the spirit, and you will indeed have the fire and power of Heavenly father, and be a great missionary.

Being a missionary is not just putting on a name tag, as Elder Neil L. Anderson in the April 2013 General Conference talk said-

If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart—painted, as Paul said, “not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.” And returned missionaries, find your old missionary tag. Don’t wear it, but put it where you can see it. The Lord needs you now more than ever to be an instrument in His hands. All of us have a contribution to make to this miracle” 

We can all be representative of Christ without putting a suit on. In my experiences with sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, the best missionary work comes from everyday disciples of Christ like you and I. We will see the blessings that come to one’s life when they accept Christ, and we will also feel the joy of missionary work.

I testify as you choose to lift your voice in the name of Jesus Christ that you will be empowered and you will have the Holy Ghost with you to direct your actions in conjunction with God’s plan. I bear my testimony that the gospel is true, and that we can all spread the message of love and salvation in the example of Christ, and we can lead other’s to salvation through our daily actions and words. And I say this in the name of Jesus Christ…

Amen

Thoughts from Sacrament- “Finding Happiness in the Gospel”

So I was sitting in Sacrament this Sunday where the topic had alot to do with the plan of Salvation and agency, but my mind was taken back to how the gospel of Jesus Christ has shaped me throughout the last few years. So therefore I will be sharing those thoughts in this weeks installement of “Thoughts from Sacrament”.

AS you all know, from a previous blog, I was a convert. I always had a belief in Christ, well for the most part before my baptism. But I didn’t have any real personal guidance. My parents and my grandparents were amazing and tried to guide me. But for some reason or another I decided I knew better, and well I didnt. I kind of just went with the wind, and did whatever felt right in the moment. I was very short sighted in the early years of my adulthood. As I told the Sunday school class I taught, before accepting Christ into my life, the only things that mattered to me in college was throwing a 16 pound metal ball at track meets (Shot put) or what party I was going to. Didn’t have a strong career plan outside joined the Baltimore City Police dept, and even that was up in the air.

When I think about everything that happened or I went through before I found faith in a higher authority, I am not ashamed…. In fact I’m grateful for those trials. Those trials got me to where I am today.

To some the commandments that are given aren’t easy. And honestly it’s very true. There are some commandments that are harder for some. When you think of the Law of Chasity which means (No Sexual relations before marraige), or The Word of Wisdom (No Alcohol, drugs, or harmful substances, no coffee or tea) or the Law of Tithing (10 percent of your income to the church, for use of upkeeping holy buildings and welfare programs), Keeping the Sabbath day holy (Attending church meetings on sundays, not shopping, and other activities that dont promote the spirit.) some of those can be hard to follow. And there are many others, but those are just a few. To be honest when they were presented to me before my baptism, I was a little nervous on if I could follow them, and it wasn;t easy. But I see the light in my life when I do follow commandments, because I have a testimony that they come from God for the betterment of my own life.

When I think about it, you truly need a testimony on each Commandment to truly be able to follow them. For example in January’s Ensign, the 1st Presidency’s message main focus was on “Following the Prophets”, well that’s a very Broad Statement, because we can go back almost 200 years and to be honest they’ve said many things. So what you have to do is break down what the Prophets have said.

So 1st off, the point is gaining a testimony that there are Prophets on the Earth today. Today in 2015 it is President Thomas S. Monson.  For me, i remember the first time I truly felt a spirit about him, was the first time I heard him speak in the October 2011 Conference before I was baptized. I felt it in my heart that he was indeed a great man, and called of God. Through study of the gospel and lessons with the missionaries I knew this man to be a man of god. And in my first monthly installment of Home Teaching I’ll go more in depth.

Well once I had a testimony in the Prophets, I started to gain a testimony of the commandments. But just learning them wasn’t enough. I had to live the commandments before that testimony to grow.

Everybody is different. Some will have problems in one area, but strive in another. That’s just how life is. But there’s the saving grace that our Heavenly Father knows we’re not perfect. We’re going to slip up from time to time, and that’s where the Atonement comes in, for someone has already died for our Sins. All he asks in return is that we strive to be better everyday, and to be honest that’s not a bad trade.

So once you’ve made these changes, and found a testimony, and continually try to follow the commandments you will find Joy. One of my favorite scriptures comes from the Book of Mormon says this

O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait gateand continue in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life” 

Jacob 6:11

We’re all on the path to make it back to be with our Heavenly Father. We will all have different paths to take on this journey, we will see different trials, and different joys, but one this is constant and that is the Word of God. That is the Gospel and his commandments. For they come from him that we must obey. For when we obey these commandments we shall be blessed.

So I will leave you with a challenge…  I love challenges therefore I offer them out as well. Pray on a commandment you may be not so good at. Pray hard and seek out a way to become better. The mission is not to be perfect today, but to be better than you were yesterday, always striving for Eternal greatness.

Gospel Principles- The Gift of the Holy Ghost

So I felt impressed to share with you my thoughts on the gift of the Holy Ghost. A few months back I gave a talk in sacrament on the subject, and I felt that it was a good talk. So here’s that talk! (This talk is from October of 2014)

Good afternoon. Today I was asked to give a talk on the Holy Ghost. I’d like to introduce myself formally to those of you who may not know me.

My name is Gerald Royster. I’m the assistant ward mission leader. I currently work for Verizon as a DSL tech support agent and im currently in school for computer networking. I was born here in Maryland and as of October 30th  I will have been a member of This church for 3 years!!

As I said in the beginning I was asked to give a talk on the holy ghost. And I’d like to do things semi unorthodox before getting into the bulk of my talk by bearing my testimony of the holy ghost and how much of a spiritual compass it had been to me and.truth be told it was what brought me to this pulpit after all my 25 years of life. Amen…

Think of a GPS. A GPS can get you from point A. To point B. GPS are pretty awesome. Your cars GPS is good for. You the best possible route .

Much like the holy ghost…..

Think of life as a road. A series of high ways, overpasses and back roads. Our personal destinations are to live and return to our heavenly father.

The holy ghost is Our constant companion to get us back it’ll help give us detours in moments of struggle and strife. But like a GPS in the middle of nowhere sometimes it can falter and we may find ourselves. Off track. The holy ghost can. Work the same way when we find ourselves in situations we know we shouldn’t be in.

So last night Jared and I were out a an Apple festival earlier that day with my girlfriend and her friend and used the GPS to get back home. And we wanted to take a route the GPS didn’t want us to take. We wanted to take a route that would avoid the tunnel because we didn’t know if we had cash. Sadly they don’t take credit. I mean it is the 21st century.

So anyways we tried going our own way and the GPS kept saying no go this way through the tunnel of 895 after trying our own route the GPS kept rerouting us and eventually we gave in and took the route probably best. Luckily I had a ten tucked in my wallet from earlier.

The holy ghost works the same way. When we start trying to take our own route, that could possibly lead us in a bad direction it tries to get US on track. Now if we hadn’t listened to the actual GPS we would’ve ended up in Baltimore city and who knows where we would’ve ended up.

The scriptures in doctrine and covenants 130 verse 22 say

22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.

Being a personage of spirit allows to holy ghost to be any where and everywhere. Think of a constant companion that’ll always be with you. It’ll help ya out and like the GPS anology get you from point A to point B. But it’s powers can be weakened when we find ourselves in places we shouldn’t be.

Think of a loud party. A large house party. As your driving your friend is telling you, “maybe we shouldn’t go here. This seems like a bad idea”. You continue on your way. Yet you can hear his voice loud and clear in the comfort and safety of our cars. But you dismiss his council

You get to the party and as you walk up the lawn his voice a little bit more faint yet you can still hear it says “look man THESE people are up to no good. We could just go home and play video games or do some studying for that big test. I just don’t think we should be here”. You’re not inside the party. But the closer you get to the door more louder the music got. You hear conversations in the background. You even here some loud laughter and familiar voices. You push that counsel away again.

You open the door to the party and the music overwhelms your ears. People come to greet you pushing your friend to the side but you can only faintly hear his voice say “please let’s get out…” by that time you’re so engaged in the party your friend is virtually non existent.

Eventually you find yourself engaging in less than righteous activities… Only to wake up with a headache, some half memories and a heart full of regret and sorrow. Because you didn’t listen to that friend.

That friend is the holy ghost…. He’s with us always but his influence can be weakened when we find ourselves in places we shouldn’t be.

Elder Robert D Hales in the April 2013 conference said
“Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved. Standing obedient and strong on the doctrine of our God, we stand in holy places, for His doctrine is sacred and will not change in the social and political winds of our day.”
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Now it is important to remember that these holy places aren’t always geographical. It can mean avoiding certain websites, and certain forms of entertainment. We must always be in constant search of the companionship of the Holy ghost!

We live in a day and age where values of man are being rewritten… But Our heavenly fathers values cannot be rewritten. No they stand eternal.

I wouldn’t be where I am without the companionship of the holy ghost. Before I was a member I sought out this church. A few of you know this story…

I was about 19 or 20. It was 2008 In the news they spoke about our church and they also spoke about a radical sect. I’m a writer and have always had a curious mindset. I was so curious as to number 1 who were the Mormons and number 2 why in the world won’t they stop talking about them… I me an other church’s were in the news at this time. There was the Catholics and a radical sect of the Baptist church in the news but no it was this mormon church that made me so curious.

Hbo had TV shows about this extreme sect where they virtually villanized our church. I was so confused why they villanized the Latter Day Saint Church.

So I sought out answers. I began researching. I swore I studied out the lds church better than the mid terms due around that time.

Well after months I discovered something. I discovered a book .I went on mormon.org where it offered a Book of Mormon. I hit the accept offer button, entered my address and number and that was it. Little did I know that I had created a digital missionary referral. I also ordered some dvds that never came…. But most importantly that book was the book of mormon.

One day my door bell rang. I opened the door up to 2 elders driving a red Ford focus. They told me they were with the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. They gave me the book and we said a prayer and then they left.

The whole time I thought the Book of Mormon was going to show up via UPS or FedEx. I was wrong.

They kept calling. I was an insecure 20 year old kid. I was nervous and scared what people would think If I were taught by these elders. At the time in was preparing for college football and a million other excuses that I could think of.

I went off to college after dodging those elders. Believe it or not I enjoyed that hbo show. At the time it was as close to the church as I could get. I was smart enough to know the differences between the two sects And wanted to follow the true lds sect. .

Like I spoke about the party that’s how college was for me. It wasn’t always a party but it was cloudy and loud spiritually. I became an insomniac abd in those late hours alone I was on the net taking a personal inline course teaching myself about the church.

I came home that summer and things spiralled out of control until I asked a friend who was a menber if I could truly learn.

She invited me to the visitors center and then through conference where I heard our prophets voice. 1 month later on october 30th 2011 I was baptised.

A week later I received the full gift of the holy ghost by the laying on of hands and baptism by fire.

Brothers and sisters the Lord wants us to return to him. And he sent us the holy ghost to get back to him. He sent the holy ghost to a 21 year old boy at an overpriced school in a four bedroom apartment that now stands before you as a man today. The voice was faint but it was just enough to get through. It was enough to get me here

It guided the prophet Joseph smith towards the restoration and guides each and every one of us today and everyday. Its our jobs to live in a lifestyle that can harness that constant companionship . .

3 years later and I still know this church to be true. I know that the gospel is alive and we are led by men directed of God and the holy ghost. I know the holy ghost to be our companion forever and I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ… Amen

Free Write (1/6/2015)

I looked up from my scriptures as I sat at my desk. I just smiled. The song “To build a Home” by  the band Cinematic Orchestra Featuring Patrick Watson is coming from my headphones, and in a moment admist the surrounding sounds of my co-workers, the stress still surviving from this morning’s commute in the snow and being at work today, I was at peace. In a moment I thought of everything I was so thankful for. I thought of how precious each moment with those we love are. For a moment the peace of mind and spirit was mine. As I write this that peace still remains. I decided to free-write, jotting down my feelings and my gratitude for my Heavenly Father. As the sun sets on this random snow day I am grateful for so much.

I am Grateful for God being with my Girlfriend’s sister as she went into an operation this morning. I’m grateful I was able to get to work safely despite my fears of driving in the snow and the rather bad shape of my car. I’m grateful that despite I’m stuck at work, that I actually have a job, and a career plan. Whereas a few years ago I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I look down at my scriptures with my place marked by the my Ward’s Mission plan, and I’m grateful for the gospel, my scriptures and the burning missionary spirit that drives me. I’m grateful for my girlfriend and my family and my friends who kept me in their prayers today, and I’m just so filled with joy I can’t contain it!

I believe it’s in our times of trials that we really need to remember just what we are blessed with. I catch myself at times getting angry or frustrated about a current situation, and think to myself just how much of a blessing that trial might be. I think of others who may not have as mucha s I do, and how ungrateful I may seem in the moemnt. I think it’s a human condition though. I think if at times instead of getting angry we focussed on what we are blessed with there’d be less stress in our lives.

So I’m sitting here at my desk with abotu 1 hour to go, and I sit here grateful because God woke me up this morning for a purpose. He woke me up to be the best me I could be today. Simply put he woke me up….