I'd like to start by apologizing for not blogging in so long! It has been a crazy week! There has been something on my mind a lot lately from a talk given by Elder Dallin H. Oaks in this last General Conference. He answered two questions that I had before General Conference:
1. How can I be a better missionary?
2. How do I reach my full potential?
Elder Oaks answered my two questions with one simple word, and that word was DESIRE! Since then, I have been so intrigued by his talk and by the word "desire"...what does it mean to have a desire? what should we desire?
Elder Oaks says: "In his sermon on faith, Alma teaches that faith can begin with 'no more than [a] desire to believe' if we will 'let this desire work in [us]' ”
He talks about 3 physical desires that our bodies have:
We all have the desire to eat or to sleep in a nice comfortable bed all snuggled and warm and sleeping without being interrupted. All physical things, but if we have a DESIRE for something more than just eating, like fasting for someone who really needs help, or giving up sleeping so that we can make sure that everyone else is taken care of when you are in the middle of war, then we ascend beyond ourselves.
The Atonement: All for All. He said, "We can have eternal life if we want it, BUT only if there is nothing else we want more." When we truly desire something, we set our sights on that, and reach for the stars!
I have come to realize that anything we do in this life takes a desire and when we let it work within us, and we begin to take the action necessary to reach that goal, it's not always easy, but it is so worth it! For instance, I have struggled my whole mission with getting up on time so I enlisted the help of a fellow Sister missionary to call me every morning till I am awake and going for the morning. I am so grateful for caring people that want to help, and if there is anything that I can do to help my followers on this blog I will do it!