Renewal


Spring is my favorite time of year: flowers blossom, the trees re-grow their leaves, birds and rabbits come out of hiding adding their sounds to the symphony of the season.  The whole world becomes alive again, fresh and new and exciting.

Spring reminds me of Jesus.  It was in the springtime that He took his body up again, being resurrected and becoming immortal.  Christ said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).  He is our Savior.  He came to this earth for the sole purpose of saving us… because He loves us.  He loves you.  I know this to be true.  Each one of us can know this to be true.

Just as the flowers and trees grow and blossom this spring, so too can a testimony.  We learn in Alma 32 that Christ’s words (and deeds) can be compared to a seed, which when nourished and experimented upon can swell and grow within us.  “Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good…  If ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof; it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.” (Alma 32:26-41)

Seeds need sunlight, water and good soil to grow.  A testimony needs things too: prayer, scripture study, and obedience to the commandments.  When we do these things we are experimenting like scientists, testing the gospel out and seeing for ourselves what fruit it will produce in our own lives.  I promise as you conduct your experiment, if you nourish the seed of your testimony, it will grow to fill your whole soul and you will find joy that lasts longer than any season, it will last eternally. 

We all have 'winters' in our lives, those seasons of trial, darkness and cold loneliness.  They cast a shadow upon everything, making it all wilt, strangling our growth.  Remember what President Uchtdorf boldly said, "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith."  They are called the trials of our faith for a reason, the whole point is to experiment with the tools God and Christ have given us, to see for ourselves what they can harvest. So, throw off the fog and doubts of winter, put on your work boots and plow ahead.  Touch and feel and experience once again Christ's gospel. Spring is a time for renewal, let this year's be the renewal of your faith and testimony.

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