I'll be honest. I just typed up a whole email and decided I didn't want to say any of that. What I want to leave you with, for my very last thoughts and experiences, is what I've been learning lately!
As I have been reading the Book of Mormon, and studying it as the Spirit directs, my heart has been filled and my knowledge has increased. The Book of Mormon really does contain the word of God! And it is amazing.
What I have been learning lately is about obedience to the commandments of God. As humans, we are carnal---they call it 'the natural man' right? And something I realized the other day is that the commandments go against the natural man. That is the very reason God has set them, because as we abide by them, we become more like He is---the nature of God instead of the nature of man becomes us. That is why they may be so unappealing to some...and why they might seem so hard some days. The commandments of God kill the natural man inside of us and allow us to become like our Savior. They do not tie us down, they set us free! And allow us to become our best self; Or, as President Uchtdorf said, our REAL self. (Women's conference last Oct).
I learned something today that goes right along those same lines...being contrary to the nature of God, or thus, giving in to the carnal man, brings us to a state contrary to the nature of happiness. (Alma 41:11) That makes so much sense! No wonder this world is so miserable. Because going against God is going against happiness. Happiness is truly found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by abiding by His laws.
I know joy. It is real! It only, ONLY comes in this Gospel. Because this Gospel is a way of life. It transforms, uplifts, and redeems. It is the only source of hope in this life, the only source of light in this world and the only way to experience true joy.
I just want to end by saying that I know this is all true because of our Savior. He makes weak things strong. I know He does, because I have experienced it first hand.
Shine on. (: