The Howards' Journal: It Has Only Just Begun

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

It is difficult to put into words the feelings we have experienced over the past few months. Whilst our desires and concerns for ourselves, our children and each other may not have changed greatly, we have recognised that the approach we are taking in dealing with these issues has altered. We are seeing things from a slightly different angle. A perspective that allows us to feel the responsibility of parents to teach, guide and be an example, while introducing a higher understanding that “we” need to develop our personal testimonies to a point of true conversion and help our family reach their own conversion. We have recognised more fully that as much as we want to shield our children from any harm or danger, we can best do that through helping them become converted to principles of the gospel.

Standout principles that we have learnt from have been:

  • The story of Dr Victor Frankl in the concentration camp, reminding us that to choose one’s own attitude is within each of our control
  • We have moral agency, to choose the right and to choose what God would want us to become
  • We have the power to act and choose how we will respond to any situation
  • The absolute power and strength that comes from renewing covenants through partaking of the sacrament and Temple attendance.

As much as we are busy and our lives are full, we found that every time we took time to read, we found the words were what we needed for that time. The scriptures and stories aligned with the situation we were in at that moment in time. We know that our lives have been blessed and changed for the better as we strive to put simple doctrine into action.

We conclude our readings and journal with a renewed vitality, with a feeling that really “it has only just begun.” We have committed to better live what we believe, focus more on putting our beliefs into action and consciously recognising the Lord’s hand in all we do.

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