I had a great week and realised a lot! One thing specifically is how much more room I have to use the Book of Mormon to help people solve their problems. We have been promised that the answer to all the problems of this life can be found by studying the Book of Mormon. Whether that's because all life's answer are in there... I don't know. But I do know that diligence to commandments breeds blessings. So I'm trying to be more diligent in using it as a tool. I know that all problems can be solved with it. I've come to appreciate that there is not a single issue in this world that cannot be overcome through faith in Jesus Christ and studying the Book of Mormon. That's why Jesus went to the depths of despair. So He could honestly say ' I've been there and know exactly how it feels. Jesus is the perfect example of a comforter. He will let you speak endlessly of your problems and all the while uplift your spirit. Jesus is our key to redemption in so many ways. When you read in the Book of Mormon, pay attention when they mention types (which are symbolic things) you will come to see how deep the principle of the gospel are and just how many ways the principles of the gospel are inter connected.
I was listening to the testimonies yesterday and was thinking about joy. This is what I came to realise.
As said in the scriptures. Men are that they might have joy. Joy however is not our purpose, it's a consequence. Joy is a natural consequence of righteous progression. If we are in charge of two things we can fill out spirits with joy. One being making sure that your testimony is as strong as it can be today. Meaning, make sure you utilise the countless knowledge and blessings you have been given to this point. I love how the Hymn count your blessing puts it. Count your many blessings and see what God has done. Not what he will do... What he has done. We have so many blessings in our lives. Honestly Trying to count the blessings will make you realise new blessings every time. When we focus on how much we have we realize our potential, which is great. That being said is making a specific plan for tomorrow to make sure your testimony is stronger than it is today, even if just by a wee bit. Preach my gospel states that people need a reason to change their thoughts and actions. Being grateful will help us realise how God keeps his promises and how much he loves us. This SHOULD be enough to make us desire to improve.
Lots of love, hope all is well.