I don't really know why I'm writing about this. But I just feel like I should share the things that I've been learning. I have an AMAZING Book of Mormon class taught by a Member of the 5th Quorum of the Seventy.
Two weeks ago, we learned about Anti-Christs! (I know, it's pretty much the coolest subject ever!!) We learned about Humanism. That is the doctrine of emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason, one who rejects religion and the supernatural. Focusing on the assumption that you cannot know what you do not see. I even learned how to fight the Anti-Christ.
Sometimes, I think I try to do too much. I try to reject the Lord. He's doing all he can to help me, but I try to do it alone. And why do I try to do it alone? There is a reason I have family, friends, bishops, priesthood blessing, things like that. And yet, I still try to do it alone. That is a very bad idea. But then this week, we learned a better plan.
Some days I feel very lost. I feel like I don't know who I am. C.S.Lewis said (though I am paraphrasing) The best way to find yourself, is to look for Christ. If you look for yourself, you will find despair and ruin. If you look for Christ, you will find peace and Love, and he will find you. "Christ says, 'Give me all. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it.' "
Alma 33:19-23 talks of the importance of looking to Christ. Specifically talking about the Children of Israel and the staff that was a type of Christ. How if the Children of Israel would look to that they would live. If we look to Christ, and feel the swelling of faith grow, your burdens will be made light. All this ye can do if ye will.
Alma 34:31 Come forth and harden not your heart any longer. For behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation.
Why do I stop myself? Why don't I just look now? I'm really pretty good at looking for a bit and then turning away. But I can do this. I can do this if I will. It's up to me. So.. I will do it. I will stop letting my heart be hardened. The days that are good days are the days that I look to Christ. The days that I don't stress about my troubles, and I just have faith. Sure the troubles are there, but so are the answers I've been given. And no matter how much I ask, I keep getting the same answers.
We'll see if I can really do it. But that's the master plan.