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Putting trust in the Lord is a remarkable way to gain faith.

Ether 3:4-5

4. And I know, O Lord, that thou hast all power, and can do whatsoever thou wilt for the benefit of man; therefore touch these stones, O Lord, with thy finger, and prepare them that they may shine forth in darkness; and they shall shine forth unto us in the vessels which we have prepared, that we may have light while we shall cross the sea.

5. Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this. We know that thou art able to show forth great power, which looks small unto the understanding of men.

As I am studying Ether currently, I am marveled by the faith of the brother of Jared. His faith is humbling to me and something that I want to build upon.

I have been pondering these scriptures all day and how to apply them into my life. More like applying my faith into utilizing prayer and believing that my Father in Heaven is all powerful and can provide understanding for my weaknesses. 

True Prayer Is Vulnerable

I was driving in the car this evening running some errands alone. It was a great opportunity for me to listen to my thoughts and pray. 

I find it so energizing and refreshing to have alone time to connect spiritually with the Lord. 

As I was driving home, I felt a wonderful prompt to express my thoughts and weaknesses to my Father in Heaven through open prayer.

I prayed earnestly with what was honest and true in my heart.

I expressed my gratitude for all of the blessings and beauty around me. Whether that be in my home, my life, nature, and the temporal things in my life.

I also expressed my sorrow for my weaknesses. In my weakness I shared my desire to put faith in the Lord rather than in men. 

My main focus of weakness of what I continually desire to work on is being a good wife and mother. 

I pray daily that I will be a woman of purity and to obtain the attributes of Christ. Specifically working on listening better to my children and having compassion for them when they are not obeying. Or believing the best in my relationship with my husband.

I pray to be a wife that trusts her husband and believes that he is doing the best he can. 

I poured out my heart in prayer of the weakness I have in my faith and what I can do to better myself as a wife and mother.

I didn’t expect to receive an answer from my prayer. I mostly wanted to express the truthfulness of my heart and the weakness of my thoughts that I am so trying to become better at.

I felt very vulnerable to what I shared but I also knew that it opened up my heart and brain to what I really struggle with.

I was able to acknowledge my feelings and weaknesses on how I want to become better because of them.

I sometimes rely too much on what my family thinks of me to strive to be better. I sometimes do that for the world. Those things were not easy to admit but they helped bring some power and confidence back to what I can be WITH putting my faith and trust in the Lord. 

Because of His comfort and willingness to be with me through it all, I don’t have to walk in darkness or fear if I don’t want to.

I just have to believe that He is there. He is watching. He is coming. 

After my drive home and the connection I had with myself (building a connection with myself is so crucial to support me and be my advocate as the Savior is also with me) and my Father in Heaven through prayer I stepped outside of the car and felt the breeze upon my neck. 

Being outside is a great way for me to know He is listening and provides everything for me. 

Sometimes it takes getting outside to gain a closeness with Him.

But the beauty of this prayer and conversation was the answer I received a couple hours later while having scripture study as a family before getting to bed. 

The scripture popped out of the page and I knew that the Lord is aware of me and wants me to rely more on Him than what the world and sometimes my weaknesses can offer. 

I love how scripture and true heartfelt prayers can provide direction and will gain that rock of salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ  in this earthly experience. 

He is our rock, our guide and advocate. Putting our trust in Him is that breeze upon your neck when you go outside. It is always there and will go where you go. Work with it, not against it. 

2 Nephi 4: 34-35

34. O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.

35. Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.

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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