Sunday, August 14, 2011


(find the talk here)

I have really been slacking lately, and I have no excuses, really. Just that I have been lazy and inattentive to the things that matter most, and I am repenting and trying to start fresh (it seems like this is a cycle with me – but better a cycle of trying to be better than giving up).

Which brings me perfectly to Elder Dallin H. Oaks’ talk from April General Conference (and I better get studying the rest of these talks – October is just around the corner!).

When I was dating my husband, my prayers each night and morning were so fervent – my greatest desire was to return to live with Heavenly Father, and the subject of my prayers was pleading with Heavenly Father to help me have the right desires and the right actions to live with Him again. I was studying the scriptures a lot, and studying the gospel a lot, and then I got engaged and I prepared to go to the temple. When I went through the temple for the first time, and then again after I was sealed to my husband for time and all eternity I thought to myself, “This is it – this is what I needed to do. Now I have what I need to get back to Heavenly Father.”

Of course, those temple ordinances aren’t free-rides to the Celestial Kingdom. It’s been over five years since I made those covenants in the temple, and I am realizing all too well that it is really easy to forget that desire that burned in me before I received those ordinances. I want to keep that desire burning.

Elder Oaks quoted Elder Neal A. Maxwell in his talk, who said, “…what we insistently desire, over time, is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in eternity.” I want to make sure that I am desiring the right things.

One of my favorite scriptures is in Alma 32 when Alma promises the people listening to him that if they “can no more than desire to believe” they can receive a testimony as well. It reminds me of the father who brought his crippled son to the Savior, and upon the Savior’s questioning of his faith, the Father said, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” This part of the gospel is one of the most hopeful to me, because I want to believe and do so many things that are so hard. But I know that if I can but desire to believe them and desire to to do them, then the Lord will help my unbelief and will help faith and a testimony develop and grown in my heart.

How do you keep your desires on the right things? Do you sometimes desire to believe things? Do you feel that desire working within you to grow to faith and testimony?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Becca
    It's so good to hear from you again.
    When I first joined the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS,I was really overwhelmed at all of the new "language" that was being spoken to me. Most of it concerned how I was to live my life in Christ from that point on. I had no clue, since I did not receive a "how to book" after I was baptized. So I struggled,and I felt that I was at a disadvantage because I didn't know a lot about the church I had just joined. A wonderful Sunday school teacher suggested that I read this verse:

    Phillipians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

    So I did and like you I prayed to know what these lovely things were. Slowly, because I am somewhat stubborn(LOL:), I started to think about what I was praying for, and then I started to enjoy not only my familiar Bible, but the book of Mormon and D&C, etc. As I learned more, my prayers have become more heartfelt, and sincere in asking Heavenly Father to help me to be all that he wants. Then a light bulb went off, His desires for our life, should now be my own desire. Not only just to walk back in his presence, but to enjoy and live life here in this body, in this present time and do the best I can until we leave here. His desire is that we obey his commandments and the end result is happiness and joy unspeakable. If we allow him to direct our "paths",we will always go the right way. But I believe that if we allow our Heavenly Father to LOVE us, really love us, wow,what an experience.
    I believe that those are some of the desires of our hearts, and what our Heavenly Father wants for us.
    Thanks Becca


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