Today I am sharing some thoughts and words related to my faith. It might be difficult, for those not of my faith, to understand it, but it is still very important to me. As I am sitting here enjoying the peace and quiet and listening to videos from different General Conferences, I am filled with immense gratitude for my Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful that even though I go through difficulties and disappointments at times, my faith in Him is still strong and I can feel His love for me. I know that even though I have times when I can’t go to church because of my struggles, I can still feel close to Him and learn about the love He has for me.
Listening with our hearts is so important. I think because we don’t really listen, we oftentimes don’t hear what the other person is trying to tell us.
Isn’t the above quote absolutely correct? We listen with our ears, but we don’t listen with our hearts. This is something I have been learning a lot in my life because people did not really listen to what I was trying to tell them, but were very willing to reply. It is also something my husband and I work on because sometimes all the other person needs is a listening ear and HEART! We just need to get things of our chest and are not looking for advice and solutions, just want a caring person to truly listen to us.
The good thing is though that it doesn’t really matter if the people around us listen, the Lord is always there and He will listen no matter what. We just have to learn to listen back, especially when He is trying to tell us something. I feel comforted today, and know that I can always count on my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. They love and accept me the way I am and will continue to guide me through life as long as I am willing to make them part of it.
As I was thinking about the importance of listening, I listened to hymns from my church, sung in the conference center during General Conference. This first one is one of my favorite hymns. I wish we would sing it in church more often because it describes so perfectly what I am thinking and feeling: I Stand All Amazed
As I was singing along, I felt so loved and grateful just like I expressed earlier. It was a feeling of total peace and I could feel the Spirit testifying to me that this was true. He loves us and that will never change. When I listened to a second hymn and sang along, I was suddenly overcome with emotion. It was hard to get back to singing because I was just so touched by it. This too is one of my favorite hymns: I Know That My Reedemer Lives
What a touching and remarkable hymn that is. It goes right through me to my heart. My favorite parts of it are: “He lives to silence all my fears. He lives to wipe away my tears.” “He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend. He lives and loves me to the end.” And of course this: “Oh, sweet joy this sentence gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!”
This hymn and video is not only something nice that I wanted it share, but has a personal special meaning to me. Together with my husband, I was in that very room, singing along with everyone else when we had General Conference in 2011. It was an amazing experience singing something so touching with 21,000 other people. The feelings I had during that special moment are not easy to describe, but I remember how grateful I was to be part of it. It is an experience I will never forget and so coming across this video today, definitely helped bring back those memories.
I do know that Jesus Christ lives. We will go through trials, tribulations, hurt, struggles and even temptation by Satan, but nobody can take such knowledge and belief away from us. Satan will try to confuse us and will try to get us off the narrow path, but He can not take those special feelings away from us unless we let Him.
Letting the words above sink in leaves once again a warm and comforting feeling. I am not alone and I never will be. The fact that He sacrificed His life for me so I can return one day, is something I will never be able to repay, but that didn’t stop Him from giving me such a gift. He loves us and that’s it. All He wants is that we try our best, accept the gift he so freely offered to us and love and believe in Him with all our heart. So yes, I want to say it again loud and clear: “Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!”