This transfer has ended and another has begun. I have the blessed opportunity to stay in Petrópolis with my beautiful companion Sister Marinho. We have lots of work to do and the energy to do it!
This past week I have learned a lot about choice. The choice to be happy. The choice to be obedient. The choice to stay or go. The choice to follow God´s will or our own.
The amazing thing is our Heavenly Father gave us a unique gift that no one can take away. That gift is the gift to choose. Yes there are times when we don´t get to choose our circumstances, but we can most definately choose our attitude. I don´t know if any of us fully appreciate this amazing gift of choice. We are always given countless options each day in our lives and it is up to us to choose what we think is right.
I have been learning what an amazing gift this is, the gift to choose. This gift started with Adam and Eve when they chose to eat of the forbidden fruit. They were given the ability to choose by God and they choose. Each person on this planet has the opportunity to choose everyday. Choose good or choose evil. Choose happiness or saddness. Choose to be happy or to be sad.
Often these choices are hard to make. The right choice is usually even harder. At times the choice to be happy is harder than the choice to be sad. The choice to endure is harder than the choice to give up. But we are given trials so that we can learn to choose. Not only that we are given trials so that we can learn to choose the right things.
God gave us Trials that we might choose! Isn´t that so amazing. As crazy as it sounds He wants us to learn and grow in this life and the only way that will happen is if we make our own decisions based on correct prinicples. He is teaching us by guiding and giving us choices to make everyday!
I love this talk by Richard G. Scott. He includes points on choosing to be happy and at peace in this life!
Remember the Lord loves you and He gave you agency to Choose right from wrong!