In this life we will make mistakes that we wish we didn’t make. 

What I find to be most helpful with this thought is to learn to blossom and become who you want to become because of the mistakes you have made.

Repent from them, learn from them, and be better because of them.

Reminders of Past Mistakes

I had an experience this evening with my daughter where I was teaching her something not to do that I would do when I was younger. 

I gently explained to her why we try to do our best to choose not to do that.

I also explained how we all make mistakes. It’s ok that we do, but we also need to learn from them, try to do our best to listen to the Holy Ghost and follow Jesus Christ’s example.

She was so kind and loving, looked at me intently and said, “Ok mom, I will not do that.”

I told her how much I love her and that she can talk to me anytime about any of her mistakes and how we can be better or blossom because of them. 

It was such a sweet moment that turned a little ugly for a minute.

Right after having that experience with her I reflected on my past mistakes. After having the discussion of making mistakes and learning to be better because of them, my thoughts alerted me with many mistakes that I have made.

I could feel all my guilt flood into my thoughts of past mistakes that happened in my childhood till becoming an adult.

I think sometimes this happens to many of us. We are suddenly reminded of all the things we have done wrong and it can leave us in the dumps of our thoughts. 

Recognize Your Efforts To Better

I then acknowledged these thoughts and accepted them. I didn’t resist them. I just recognized them being there. 

I then told myself, “yes, I did do those things and I’m sorry for doing them. But I have also repented, learned, and blossomed because of them.”

After saying that to myself, I could feel the love of the spirit of Jesus Christ. It’s as though I felt a sweet whisper that I have been forgiven and He is aware of me trying to become better. 

That sweet thought and comfort of the spirit was a reminder that I am building myself into who I want to become. I want to go forward and not reflect in the past on all the things I have done wrong.

Because of those mistakes I have been able to learn more and blossom in those areas. I have more understanding and compassion for others that experience the same mistakes.

I have more compassion and understanding of everyone because WE ARE ALL trying to do our best. 

We all experience similar mistakes just at different times of our lives. 

This experience gave me hope that when I build myself up with graceful thoughts and allow the spirit to converse and comfort me, I have strength to strive to be a better me. 

It gives me strength to communicate growing from our mistakes to my children. 

We are all not exempt from making mistakes.

We DO have the opportunity to repent of them, learn from them, and blossom because of them to be the best YOU you can. 🙂

Proverbs 28:13

13. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Have grace for yourself. The blossoming will only grow as you learn and love you through it all.

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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  1. I love that scripture:
    Proverbs 28:13

    13. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

    Have grace for yourself. The blossoming will only grow as you learn and love you through it all.

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