Posts tagged ‘trust’

Living Life Backwards

Independence from others is applauded and praised by the world. The goal of our teenage years is to learn how to and become independent from our parents. Graduating high school leads to moving away from home and into separate apartments, getting a job and attending college or university. It almost seems the more free you are from relying on others the better. But the Lord would not and does not agree with that idea.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.

Our Saviors cry is found in Matthew 11:28-30 when He tells us to let him carry our burden. Don’t try to carry it yourself. We can’t do this alone and we’re not expected to. “Look unto me in every thought. Doubt not. Fear not” (D&C 36:6). What a change of perspective that is! To rely on the Lord. Let him worry for you! There is an example of when God chastises His followers for not depending on Him more. D&C 30:1 “…you have feared man and have not relied on me for strength as you ought.”

I find this counsel comforting. God doesn’t want me to go through life on my own. He knew all the things I would face and He knew what I need, a Savior who could carry me when I lose the strength to more forward. We are instructed by the Lord to live life backwards and instead of being independent of Him, we’re suppose to cleave unto Him.

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the life you’ve been waiting for

Encouraged at a young age to make goals, have dreams of what you’d like to accomplish and who you’d like to become in the future, “what do you want to be when you grow up” is a typical question heard during our school years. Something that we fail to do is involve our Heavenly Father in our goal setting and decision making. He is the one who knows what will be best for us in the end. I’ve had many chances to develop a wonderful trust with my Father in Heaven. Ever since high school, I’ve had a plan set for my life. Several changes came about before ending up on my mission but looking back on those U-turns, round-a-bouts, and merging lanes, I can see how the Lord was right there guiding to what I really wanted.

Very accustomed to the feeling of watching my plans fall apart, Iwould then put my trust in my God. I knew of His love, of His desire for my happiness, and of His merciful hand that would guide me in a time of need. I have found this quote by Marilyn Monroe to be very true. “When God takes something from your grasp; He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.” Every time one plan didn’t work out, I was directed to another that was far better and one that I never would have gotten to had I continued with my original plan. I’m a firm believer that “sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together” (author unknown).


At times, we’re desperately clutching the outline of our lives, what we think will be best for us. We’re so insistent on holding to the very thing He is trying to take from us. Heavenly Father is simply striving to give us what He KNOWS will be best. Perfectly spoken by Sister Elaine S. Dalton, former president of the General Young Women organization: “You must be willing to give up the life you have planned in order to receive the life you are waiting for!”¬†ULTIMATE TRUST, FAITH, HOPE in God’s plan for your life. He knows where you really want to be, and He perfectly knows how to get you there with the greatest benefit to you.

I’m waiting for my life when I have been married in the temple, have grown children who are strong in the gospel, have remained firm in the faith myself, have passed on to receive the eternal life with my forever family. I trust that He will help me get the life that I’m waiting for. I know that all suffering and struggling to this point is worth it, if I end up with what I’ve been waiting for. I trust Heavenly Father and His plan for me; therefore I hope for better things to come.

Nothing more constant than change

“There is nothing so unchanging, so inevitable as change itself. The things we see, touch, and feel are always changing. Relationships between friends, husband and wife, father and son, brother and sister are all dynamic, changing relationships. There is a constant that allows us to use change for our own good, and that constant is the revealed eternal truths of our Heavenly Father.” Marvin J. Ashton

How true that is! Think back over the last 5 years of your life and all of the changes that have occured. As I do so, I see myself in the second half of my junior year in high school. Now I currently live in Billings, MT as I continue to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Had I viewed a glimpse of my life now to 17 year old Sister Nielson, I doubt I would have found it possible to believe. Over those last 5 years, I have experienced many trials, challenges and struggles along with times of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment. Of course we grow and learn from the adventure of life, whether positive or negative.

Years ago, change and the unknown terrified me. Being a missionary for the LDS church is all about changes and unknown places, people and tasks. How am I handling this life of instability you might ask? My Savior, Jesus Christ is the key!

I know with all the assurity of my heart that my Savior will not fail me! Elder Holland puts it well when he encourages us all: “We have to live in such a way that we cannot do it alone anymore- where we will resort to the Lord- where we will cry ‘Without thy help, I will fall. Help me fly.’ Faith, hope, trust. Words that are associated with Jesus Christ and my relation to him. I know He will aid me in as I change, progress, grow, learn for He is constant and He is stable. If we allow, He will make us far more effective and able than we ever thought possible. We can peacefully face the uncertainty of the future when we cultivate our relationship and faith in our Lord and Savior. “Our future is as bright as our faith” (Pres. Thomas S. Monson).

Ways to develop that faith and trust:
1. Hearing the word of God (attending church weekly).
2. Reading the word of God (daily if only a verse from the Bible or Book of Mormon).
3. Obedience to God’s commandments (if you don’t know all His commandments, find them out).

I am a witness that with Christ all things are possible! Even dealing with the unknown and changes in life. “[We] can do all things through Christ who strengthens [us].” Philip 4:13