Of One Heart

September 2017

I love the message this month “Of One Heart” because I love the idea of us all being together. The message asks the question “How does unity with one another help us become one with God?” And when I think about that question the word ‘love’ comes to my mind. We unite because we like and love each other and want to be together. The opposite of that question is what I don’t want (and never focus on): being alone and divided.

Being united helps me become closer to God (ultimately ‘one with Him’) because good feelings are in my heart. For example: I think good thoughts (and when an unsavory thought happens -because I don’t control what pops into my mind- I redirect that thought to something good); I want good things for people; I focus on goodness; I want to have good things in my world. The world is full of turmoil, wars, hate, anger, division and bad things, but the only thing I can control is what’s in my world.

I want goodness in my world and 100% believe that what you give is what you receive so I give what I want to receive. I give kindness, mercy, tolerance, understanding, patience, respect and love to others because they are what I want surrounding me. God gives them to everyone and I give them to others, too because I want God in my life.

I love the quoted words in this month’s message and especially love this statement by Carole M. Stephens (former First Counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency)

I’ve never had to live through divorce, the pain and insecurity that comes from abandonment, or the responsibility associated with being a single mother. I haven’t experienced the death of a child, infertility, or same-gender attraction. I haven’t had to endure abuse, chronic illness, or addiction. These have not been my stretching opportunities.

… But through my personal tests and trials … I have become well acquainted with the One who does understand. … And in addition, I have experienced all of the mortal tests that I just mentioned through the lens of a daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Our opportunity as covenant-keeping daughters of God is not just to learn from our own challenges; it is to unite in empathy and compassion as we support other members of the family of God in their struggles.”

My hope is that we become united in love and goodness, and I know we can.

Click here to read the visiting teaching message this month.