Tackling Opposition with Illumination

Many experiences in my life were notable, not by the place I went, or the activities I participated in, but because of the people I was with and the feelings that I had that left me inspired me to forget myself and go out and help others. This past weekend at our men’s retreat, it was a boost in caring, a breath of fresh air, and a lift to my spirit.  We were taught and we learned.  It was a connection in brotherhood that I believe all who participated came away feeling more hopeful, more alive, more engaged in their own lives for the benefit of their own family.

At home I felt more involved in my children’s needs, and took more time to listen with them, pray with them, and play with them.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could report that this change was effortlessly maintained, and all was rosy and bright in the world at our home?  However, that feeling was quickly combated with fierce opposition.

Soon I found myself feeling annoyed, impatient, tired, and finding myself on Facebook more than I had intended.  Once I recognized the shift in the climate in our home, I had to ask myself: What happened!?

A talk from Jeffrey R Holland came to mind.  Looking over my life, I can say that I shouldn’t be surprised.  After amazing moments of “illumination” there is always darkness and chaos trying to sneak in to snuff out the light we have found.  So my message to you today is in effort to continue in the light, and endure in the race.

Write down the “illumination” you feel so that it will take a stronger hold in your mind.  Share those thoughts with someone you care for that will appreciate the precious meaning of personal insights that come from God.  Richard G Scott said: “Inspiration carefully recorded shows God that His communications are sacred to us. Recording will also enhance our ability to recall revelation.”(LDS General Conference, April 2012) Take the marvelous light you have received and share it with others, through writing, social media, and one-on-one.