This post is by Kristen Hamilton, a girl with a big smile and even bigger heart.
One of the many amazing blessings that comes from being a member of the church of Latter Day Saints is the reassurance that we are never alone. Over and over in the scriptures, the bible and the Book of Mormon, God declares that He will not leave us--meaning ANY of His children--comfort less. "I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, ...And mine angels shall be round about you, to bear you up." (D&C 84:88)
There is so much going on in the world. So much anger, hate and violence. God grants man their agency and though some would use that agency for evil, it gives me great hope to know that we are never alone. I have seen the hand of God in every step of my life and felt His spirit giving me comfort and strength. Knowing this gives me the strength to face this world with optimism and faith. It is through the gospel of Jesus Christ that I have come to know my Father in Heaven on a more personal level. It is through this gospel that I can hope for a bright future and believe in the goodness of people.
In the words of a popular hymn:
"When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'reflow,
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes,
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake
I'll never, no never, no never forsake."
I am just an average Mormon, but these are some of the things I know.
How Firm a Foundation, Hymns, 85