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It was so nice to go to church to focus on our love for our Savior and how to follow him more. Because of the stress of our family move, I feel like I’m not focused on thinking of Him, which is so saddening to me. I’m not trying to neglect His example, my children, or anything else, I’m just allowing the focus of too much “stuff to do” to intervene. I’m wanting to get the moving done fast so I could focus on what’s important, my family. I’m wanting to learn to let what happens, happen. I know It will all work out. 

At church, it was nice to be fully involved in the sacrament, the talks, and my calling. I loved a talk by a sister in the ward that said something so simple but struck a chord with me. She spoke on not being slow to remember our God and to strive to be like, His son, Jesus Christ. I felt like I needed to hear that currently because I don’t want something like a, move to change my efforts in remembering the love God has for me. I want to show my love and gratitude through my deeds and following the example of His son, Jesus Christ. As reading my scriptures tonight, I read a verse that reminded me of the sisters talk today. 

Mosiah 12:7

“And they shall be smitten with a great pestilence and all this will I do because of their iniquities and abominations.” 

This scripture felt similar to what she taught as we are “slow to remember God” we will be given trials to help us remember Him. I don’t think this move is a trial. I think my stress and anxiety of it blocks my spiritual experiences and striving to feel the love of God and focus on Jesus Christ. 

As I was preparing for church this morning I thought of how I could incorporate my personal experience with Come Follow Me this week, (1 and 2 Thessalonians) in my calling with the primary. Reviewing it helped me remember the importance of the Sabbath Day. Jesus should be made our focus in Sacrament and the focus of our everyday lives.

I paraphrased a few lines of a Come Follow Me lesson in primary for the kids. The phrases are, “His message to them, and to us, is to continue to ‘perfect that which is lacking in (our) faith’ and to ‘increase more and more’ in love.” “We all hope that at ‘the coming of our Lord,’ we will be able to stand before Him with ‘hearts unblameable in holiness before God.”

This week was focused on preparing for the second coming and I want to share that with the children. It was good for me to remember as well as teaching it in my home and primary. 

This move has fogged my spiritual thoughts. I have lacked in the perfecting of my faith. I have had more of a focus of the stress I’m facing, rather than knowing things will all work out. But, I do believe it will all work out. I have faith things will be better, I just need to have my heart and home focused on striving to be like Jesus Christ. 

The sister’s talk and the Come Follow Me lesson was on “remembering our God,” and becoming more like Jesus Christ. As I do that I can strive to love and follow them in the difficult times and bountiful times. 

This move has become a Faith move for my family. I have been more stressed that I need to be. I’m feeling the stress more as I lack in faith and lack of the Spirit. When I was preparing for primary and focused on the sacrament I was spiritually nurtured and reminded that with the Lord  I’m strengthened and I’m able to work through anything and hopefully strive to be like. I want to have a pure heart and stand humbly at the second coming. I’m striving for that currently to Remember my God and His blessings given to me and my family. I want also strive to live with the Spirit close and follow the example of Christ. He is able to withstand all and have a full heart and compassion of understanding. 

Things will all workout with this move and every move as I remember my God and Savior as I strive to live by their example through the difficult and bountiful times. 

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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