Monday, September 20, 2010

The Sabbath Day

This whole past week, I've kinda felt like things have been weighing me down, kinda like something's been on my shoulders, you know?  I would be a little grumpy and irritable for no reason at all.  I'm still not sure what caused it, but I definitely know what fixed it.

Attending church every Sunday has definitely become one of the highlights of my week now.  As a kid, I grew up going to church every week.  It was just the thing to do in my family.  I didn't really understand the importance of it, and while I learned good things, I didn't let it sink in to my heart as well as I could have.

Coming out on my own, being away from family, has really changed that.  I no longer have my parents to lean on for everything, and I've for sure realized that the world can be a cruel place at times.  We go throughout our weeks, with varying degrees of success and incredibly varying types of reactions from people.  At times it can be easy to become discouraged or downhearted, and in those times, I begin to wonder.  Doubt and fear can so easily creep into our lives, and we truly need the edification and help that attending church can bring us.

"Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God..." (Exodus 20:9-10)  I definitely know that this is true with all my heart.  Throughout the week, we so often get caught up in the things of the world that we don't pay as much attention to the things that God has for us.  We don't always completely forget Him, but I find myself at times not always remembering everything I should, and beginning to rely upon myself instead.

As I sat in Church and listened to the talks that were given on faith, and how we can increase our faith, I just felt all my worries and things that were weighing me down lifted.  I felt rejuvenated and ready to face another week of whatever the world has to throw at me, because I know that my Savior lives, and I know that through Him, we can do all things that are expedient for us to do.  My heart and soul truly were lifted, and I know that it was only done because I had taken that step of faith and attended church, and I had opened my heart to the healing power of Christ's atoning sacrifice. As it says in Mosiah 14:4, "Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows."  He knows what we are going through, and he knows exactly how to heal us, if we but let Him.

So let Him.

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