Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Faith and Forget Me Nots

original source. Typography by me. 

      It's late here, but I have a million thoughts zooming through my head at a million miles per hour and I've decided to succumb to my insomnia. Today was a good day. Completely nondescript to the outside eye, but it permitted me the time to do some thinking, praying, and scripture study that I had been seriously missing in my life as of late. I have decided to share with you some thoughts and inspiration I've carried with me from the weekend.

General Conference. 
As a kid, I saw it as an amazing weekend without church.
Now that I'm a bit older I'm able to see it for what it is: An incredible opportunity to hear from wise and wonderfully spiritual people, learn a ton about myself, and push the "refresh" button on my spiritual life and relationship with God.
Because of the time difference and lack of BYUTV in Germany, the scheduling for watching general conference is a bit wonky. We watch sessions in the late evening, and one of the sessions isn't aired for us until the following week.  I know in America the "Relief Society Broadcast" (a session dedicated specifically to women) took place weeks prior to General Conference, but in Germany I was only able to watch it on Sunday.

Let me tell you.
I was so inspired by this broadcast.
I would love to share with you some of the things that touched me the most. Regardless if you are Mormon or not, the message shared is beautiful and inspiring and I hope you will take the time to read. Though all of the talk's were incredible, I was particularly touched by Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk. The talk's central theme was the forget me not flower, and I invite and encourage you to read the full talk here. (or better yet, listen to it...his tone of voice and German accent make it so much more amazing.) Here are some of the things he touched on:

Forget Not to be Patient With Yourself. 
“…we spend so much time and energy comparing ourselves to others—usually comparing our weaknesses to their strengths. This drives us to create expectations for ourselves that are impossible to meet. As a result, we never celebrate our good efforts because they seem to be less than what someone else does.

Raise your hand if you are guilty of this. Is your hand raised? Mine is. It's held way up high. I'm pretty good at hiding it, but for as long as I can remember I've struggled with self-worth. It always happened the same way, too...someone had a "strength" in an area where I did not. Scriptural and Gospel knowledge, the piano, academics, acting, singing, you name it. I would punish myself for not being able to measure up.  Even now as I read the blog posts of women fearlessly designing clothes, decorating rooms, and dreaming up projects that I can't even begin to fathom, I question my worth as a person, a church member, a wife, and subsequently overwhelm myself as I try to "improve." I need to stop doing this. 

Original Source. Typography by me.

Forget Not to be Happy Now.
Discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. 

"My dear sisters, the gospel of Jesus Christ is not an obligation; it is a pathway, marked by our loving Father in Heaven, leading to happiness and peace in this life and glory and inexpressible fulfillment in the life to come. The gospel is a light that penetrates mortality and illuminates the way before us...Let us not walk unaware of the beauty of the glorious earthly and spiritual landscapes that surround us." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf 
Uchtdorf goes on to say:
You are Not Forgotten.
Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten

No matter how dark your days may seem
no matter how insignificant you may feel
no matter how overshadowed you think you may be
your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you.

He loves you with an infinite love.
Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time!

God loves you because you are His child. He loves you even though at times you may feel lonely or make mistakes.
The love of God and the power of the restored gospel are redemptive and saving. If you will only allow His divine love into your life, it can dress any wound, heal any hurt, and soften any sorrow.
Original Source. Typography by me. 
I love my God and I know that He loves me.
Sometimes it's easy to forget that, or at least push it to the back of your mind.
I am so grateful for all that He has done for me, given me, and blessed me with.
I know I'm not perfect. I know I have a lot to improve upon. 
And that's okay. 
These words have inspired me to be grateful for my strengths in lieu of being angry at my shortcomings. 
"...if we spend our days waiting for fabulous roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots that are all around us." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Here's to the Forget Me Not life.

I've always loved those little blue suckers, anyhow. 

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