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I like the story of Joseph and Emma Smith when they were translating The Book of Mormon. 

One day Joseph and Emma had an argument. Joseph left Emma to go translate the pages and he didn’t have the gift of interpretation with him. 

It was because of the contention and uneasiness of his mind due to the argument he had a few minutes earlier that he wasn’t able to translate. 

When he went to apologize to his wife that is when he was able to go back to translating with clear thoughts and was open to the interpretations of Jesus Christ. 

I have had this story on my mind this last week and I have loved it. 

Open to Receive The Promptings

I think of how when we have a hard heart or are committing sin we are not open enough to receive promptings from the Holy Ghost or come unto Jesus. 

Each day this week with this experience on my mind I have tried to apply it as much I can. I want to think of Jesus in every thought and have a soft heart to welcome love and repentance.

Every day I am in need of repenting and growing.

It was when I sincerely apologized and came to Heavenly Father in prayer to be forgiven that I was open to feel that comfort of the Holy Ghost and have a willing change of heart. 

I desire to have the comfort of Jesus Christ with me as much as I can. 

I want to be open to receive His guidance and love for me. 

I shared with my family this evening an experience I had where I felt like I was coming unto Jesus more by listening more to people. 

Come Unto Jesus

At Ryen’s gymnastics class, the coach shared some tips for encouraging your child through this sport. 

Some of the stuff that she shared I felt like I already knew. 

I started to feel like I “knew it all.” I then had a thought that I want to be more open and loving to ALL of God’s children and see them the way our Savior does.

I could feel the spirit impress upon me to listen and be open to what she has to say. She was giving good advice and wants to be a good coach. I can genuinely tell that she is a good person that wants to be a good coach to each class she teaches.

It was when I shifted my thoughts and invited the spirit while listening to her, I could feel more of a love for her and more of a love for my Savior. I felt like my heart was growing closer to His, as I was coming unto Him. 

That experience softened my heart.

I know when I have a “hard heart” I am not open to receiving the beautiful gifts and promptings of the Holy Ghost. When I have an open and soft heart I am open to receive guidance, direction, and more of an understanding and knowledge to build my faith and hope. 

I don’t want to lose that connection with my Father in Heaven, His Son, and the Holy Ghost. I rely on their comfort and communication so much. I know they are good and they are helping me become the better me that I desire to be. 

A soft heart invites more change and growth. A hard heart only weakens our experiences

The spirit desires to be a constant companion, much like a best friend. I hope to continue to choose that friendship that is so rewarding for me by obtaining a soft heart.

Alma 32:8 

8. I behold that ye are lowly in heart; and if so, blessed are ye.

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. It is extremely important to have love in your heart instead of anger. I love that story you shared about Emma and Joseph for that reason.

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