September 17, 2014

Standing For Something

I recently finished reading Standing For Something by Gordon B. Hinckley. I absolutely loved this book! I borrowed my Dad's copy and now I think I need to go buy myself a copy. Yeah, it was that good! In his book President Hinckley talked a lot about virtue and specific virtues that we need more of in this world, it was a very thought provoking read.

I don't have a lot of time to read during the day so I typically read on my lunch break at work. One day as I was reading on my break a particular passage really struck me. President Hinckley explained that Christ was often outcast. He was betrayed by his "friends". He was spit on and mocked. He was ridiculed. He was beaten. People hated Him so much that they crucified Him. Everything He went through and everything He did was out of love for us. I imagine that often times he felt very alone because of the things He was going through.

As I read this section, I was overcome with chills (that's how I feel the Holy Ghost). During this moment I felt so strongly that Christ really understands what I'm going through and he has felt what I feel. I think this was the first time in my life that I really felt like Christ knows exactly what I am feeling.

A few years ago Andy and I made a decision to change. This change was much needed we prayed about this decision A LOT. We knew what we needed to do and we did it-- this wasn't easy. I guess you could say that one of the consequences of this "change" is that we have become outcast by people that we once thought were our friends. We have definitely had our days where we feel alone and like people don't really care. It is so comforting to me to know that my Savior is there. That He cares and knows what I am going through. I know that I am not alone and that He is right there with me.

*I need to read 4 more books by the end of the year.