The Howards' Journal: Blessings Big and Small

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This journal entry was written by Randall and Nicola at the beginning of their seventh week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.

Over the past week, I have been trying to focus on the thought “Thy will be done” and to understand more fully that often my own desires are still what I am asking of the Lord. I have a nice long list of things that one day I hope the Lord will grant me. I hope that I express my gratitude to Him for the many blessings that my family a couple and as individuals we receive every single day. So I know I am blessed, I know our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love all of us, and want us to be happy. I am, therefore, learning that the blessings I am hoping for will come in His time and that is enough.

I thought a lot about the scripture Elder Bednar quotes from Mosiah 7:33 which says: “But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.”

I do trust in Him and hope that I am serving with all diligence too. But it makes me feel that I should be doing more to serve Him better. Turning to “the Saviour and away from selfishness and sin, we start to put off the natural man.” I know we could probably work a little harder at turning to the Lord, to think of others more than ourselves, to work harder in our callings, care and serve our families better, remember and honour our covenants.

It’s not always easy to recognise the small blessings, I sometimes feel that I need big blessings, yet as I read I better understand and realise that all blessings are big. They all come from our Heavenly Father, they all have the power to change our lives. I am so grateful for the blessings in my life. All of them…

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