I can no more compose the actual sentiments one feels living the fulfillment of a dream in the wild outskirts of a very special place in the country than reproduce the experience of life. On occasion, however time is presented in such a way that reality cannot be improved. That for me was the once in a lifetime opportunity of growing up as a 13-year-old boy in Castle Valley.
This should be the happiest day of the year, commemorating the most significant victory of heaven or earth and all time.
If there is one thing I have come to realize in this crazy thing we call mortality is that life is what you make of it--specifically not what you have been given or even achieved. Life is the culmination of what you do with the things you have.
We don't have to prove to God that we should inherit heaven. He knows what our choices will be. We are preparing now so that we can enjoy living in the Kingdom of God when it is handed to us.
Make every day paradise.
HIS LAWS ARE A MANIFESTATION
OF HIS LOVE FOR US AND
TO HIS LAWS IS AN EXPRESSION
OF OUR LOVE FOR HIM
If you have reasonable access to a temple, I urge you to find a way to make an appointment regularly with the Lord—to be in His holy house—then keep that appointment with exactness and joy. I promise you that the Lord will bring the miracles He knows you need as you make sacrifices to serve and worship in His temples.
I leave my love and blessing upon you, that you may feast upon the word of the Lord and apply His teachings in your personal lives.
“He will be with us, He will comfort us, and He will heal us if we come to Him and draw upon His power to save us,” said Elder Rasband. “Most often He heals the wounded heart. How does it happen, we ask? By the power of the Atonement exercised in our lives today, not at the end before the final judgment, but every day as we seek to be like Him, to love what He loves, to follow His chosen prophets.”
President Russell M. Nelson: “When the focus of our lives is on God’s plan of salvation … and Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives.”
What special memories do you have about the things people in the family have said that give you hope and make our connection even stronger?