34 "O Lord, I have atrusted in thee, and I will btrust in thee forever. I will not put my ctrust in the arm of flesh;" -2 Nephi 4:34
In our lives we face many different situations. Each of us go through periods of joy and success, and then even failure and sorrow. As a missionary and representative of Jesus Christ it seems that you see this cycle often, whether its in my own life or in the life of those whom I teach and work with. Most times our joy and success are based on if we are living completely the commandments God has giving us. Other times it can be when we chose to have joy in those moments of pain and sorrow, trusting that God is still near your side.
The other day I experienced a little bit of this cycle. It was Zone Conference- an all day meeting with surrounding missionaries- and the Spirit was strong. I was being taught so much and felt so much love as we learned how we can be better instruments in helping bring God's children closer to him. After lunch, amongst all the light, truth, and strong Spiritual promptings slowly I started feeling darkness and hopelessness settle inside me. My body started to shake, I felt disoriented, and I felt like I was going to pass out. This reaction, I have come to find out, is something that happens whenever I accidentally eat gluten. I turned to my companion to ask her if I looked sick and immediately she knew I was having an allergic reaction. A few minutes later I was able to get a priesthood blessing. After this blessing I felt once again restored to this light I had been feeling all day. I didn't regain my strength immediately but I felt peace, light, and love; I knew everything would be okay.
Isn't this amazing?! Okay it sounds a little bit pathetic at first, but then illustrates hopel. This is the message of Jesus Christ, that even though there is darkness and hopelessness in the world we can find peace, light and love through His gospel which is fully restored.
What does this mean?
It means that the same Priesthood that Christ ordained his apostles with is now fully restored on the Earth today. The same Priesthood that John the Baptist used to baptize Christ with is fully restored. The same priesthood that was used to heal the sick and afflicted is restored. Not only that but the same priesthood that allowed His principles to be taught is restored. Isn't this wonderful? I know its true. I feel its power in my life daily as I pray, read from the Book of Mormon, and even those moments when I need a Priesthood blessing.
That's the message we as missionaries have to share, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has fully been restored, priesthood and all. I'm so grateful for this and I love watching it bless the lives of those I teach as they accept these truths. I know that you too can learn these truths as you turn to God in prayer and trust that he will answer you.
Will you pray to know if this Priesthood truly has been restored? By knowing this truth you and your family's life will be blessed.
Learn more about the Priesthood and how its been restored:
"Priesthood: the Authority to act in God's name"
"..Learning to Trust in God."
"The message of the Restoration"