Deceive Me Not

Get thee hence, Satan; deceive me not; for God said unto me: Thou art after the similitude of mine Only Begotten.
Moses 1:16 

As we close the semester, I have been pondering my identity. I have been thinking about who I truly am. Cameron tells me all the time that I am too hard on myself, but I haven't quite believed him until this week.

I was reading in Moses when I came across the scripture listed above. Satan is trying so hard to convince Moses that he is not a Son of God. Satan wants Moses to believe the lies about himself, not the truth. But I love Moses' example here. When he finally comes to a knowledge of the truth, despite what Satan is trying to tell him, he boldly demands that Satan leave. And not only that, but he also says "Deceive me not". It was this phrase that stood out the most to me.

The principle I learned was that Satan will try to convince us of lies about ourselves. He will try to tell us that we are not loved by God, that we can't withstand temptation, that we aren't made in the image of our God, and that we aren't good enough.

I know that I am loved by God. I can withstand temptation. I am made in the image of my Heavenly Mother and Father. I am good enough. And so are you. God loves you, and He is patient with your mistakes and sins. That's the very reason why he provided a Savior.

We have to be strong and remember these truths. We also need to have the courage to say, "Get thee hence, Satan." We need to rely on the infinite atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, so that we can be strong enough to fight this dishonesty in our lives.

I love you all. God loves you too. Be strong and remember that He is on your side.

Miracles

"But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth and all things that in them are."
Mormon 9:11

I am a witness of miracles.

I shouldn't have been born as healthy as I was. But God was watching out for my little family. That is a miracle. 

A few months later, I should have died. But instead, a nurse was in tune with the spirit and recognized what was wrong. They were able to treat me. That is a miracle. 

When I first started driving, I was in a car accident that should have left me in the hospital for days. Instead, I walked away with three stitches and a black eye. That is a miracle.

In college, I met a boy who was in love with another girl. We became best friends and it hurt to be away from him. God helped me make it through, and now that same boy loves me with all his heart. I am marrying him in a month. That is a miracle.

There is this unmistakable feeling of peace and love from God that surrounds me, even though I am stressed and it seems like everyone around me is hurting. That is a miracle.

I, like Moroni, "show unto you a God of miracles". Reading this scripture reminded me just how easily I forget the truth about my Heavenly Father. He is all-knowing. He understands everything. And He loves me with a perfect love of a Father. These are all true principles. I am comforted to know that he is not just a God of miracles for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is a God of miracles for me. And He is a God of miracles for you. 

Remember what President Benson said. 

"Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar His face is to us."

God loves you. He loves me. If you will watch and listen, you will see a God of miracles. 

Letting Christ Make Us Eternal


"And when the disciples had come with bread and wine, he took of the bread and brake and blessed it; and he gave unto the disciples and commanded that they should eat."
3 Nephi 18: 3

This week I learned a lot about this scripture. I love that the disciples brought the bread to Jesus and that he made it into something more than just bread.

Isn't that something that He does for us all the time? He takes something perishable and makes it eternal. It works with the sacrament, with tithing, and with our own lives. 

I am far from perfect. In fact, I am very perishable. I've felt that way this week. My body has ached, my emotions have fluctuated. It has been hard to just keep everything okay, let alone good.

The thing is, I forgot that my Savior can take this mortal body and make it eternal. He can take this stripling spirit and make it strong and powerful. He can take my life and turn it into something sacred and consecrated. But I have to offer it in the first place.

He couldn't have blessed the bread if the disciples had never given it to Him.

To me, this means peace. It means growth, knowledge, happiness, hardship, stretching, grace, and love. It means that my Heavenly Father and Mother know me and that they love me. They love helping me grow into the person they know I will be someday. 

I know that Christ can make you whole too. I know that He can touch your life in ways that will change it from perishable to immortal and eternal. You just have to let Him. You have to offer up your heart as a sacrifice to Him.

I promise that if you do, He will change it from something beautiful and imperfect to an amazing, powerful, burning source of truth and light for you. It won't be easy to give up, but you will be so blessed if you do. 


Becoming More Like Christ

"And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying: Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world."

3 Nephi 11:9-10

This week I was blessed to be able to read the most amazing chapters of the Book of Mormon -- when Jesus comes to his people in the Americas. As I read this quote from 3 Nephi, of Jesus declaring to the people who He is, I felt the Spirit strongly fill my heart with peace. I knew from the overwhelming feeling in my body that Jesus is my Savior and that He died for me. He died for my sins, my sorrow, my pain, my heartache, and my doubt.

He knows what all of those feelings are, and He understands them perfectly. I needed this reassurance this week. I have been feeling really happy, but it has taken a lot of effort. I needed to know that Christ understood what I was going through.


One principle that I love from these scriptures is that Christ, and Christlike people, reach out to others. Jesus "stretched forth his hand" and he spoke to the people. Jesus knew that by reaching out to these people He was giving them the opportunity for peace. We cannot offer what Christ can, but when we reach out to others, we are offering them friendship, love, and an opportunity to come to their Savior. I know that as we reach out, we are practicing a Christlike attribute. If you will reach out to those around you, you will be blessed.

Finding Joy

This week in my reading I focused on the scripture 3 Nephi 4:33 - 


"And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction."

I have been trying really hard lately to be happy and not so weighed down by the world. This scripture provided a lot of comfort this week because it gave me a formula, almost a reverse formula. You start at the end of the verse and move forward.

I learned that if I focus on repenting and being humble, Heavenly Father will help deliver me. This is a principle of truth. I know because I feel the spirit testify to me of its truthfulness.

As I work on humility and repentance I will be able to be happy. It might not be immediate, but eventually, my heart will also be swollen with joy and I will cry tears of happiness instead of sorrow. I know that as you do the same, you will be able to find joy in your life as well.