In our trials we can feel peace and "rejoice in the Lord alway" when we rely completely on Jesus Christ


I loved this lesson and it came at a particularly needed time in my life. Isn't it funny how so many of these lessons do exactly that?

Spiritual Whirlwinds
This has long been one of my favorite short videos. I'm sure we have all felt many times like we are struggling against a never ending torrent intent on blowing us away. As I was watching it this time, I saw something I had never noticed before. Maybe it's just me, but in case it's not, I want to point it out. As the Light builds behind the man struggling against the wind, the image of Christ is in that light. Am I the only one that missed this?


Remember Lot's Wife
I remember hearing this speech given by Jeffrey R. Holland quite a long time ago and loved it. To find it again this week was a complete blessing in my life. I sometimes find myself ruminating on the past and wishing I could go back instead of looking forward with an eye of faith to the future.
I think it's because as time passes, I tend to forget the hard times, or at least they fade into the background because I no longer focus on them like I do while I'm living it. The same is not true for the present, when I sometimes tend to focus too much on the trouble and not enough on the promises for a better tomorrow.
I could honestly share this entire talk with you because it is so excellent, but instead I am going to focus on a few quotes that stuck out to me. I will add a link to the talk at the end so you can read the whole thing if you'd like.

So, if history is this important—and it surely is—what did Lot’s wife do that was so wrong? As something of a student of history, I have thought about that and offer this as a partial answer. Apparently what was wrong with Lot’s wife was that she wasn’t just looking back; in her heart she wanted to go back. It would appear that even before they were past the city limits, she was already missing what Sodom and Gomorrah had offered her.
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It is possible that Lot’s wife looked back with resentment toward the Lord for what He was asking her to leave behind. We certainly know that Laman and Lemuel were resentful when Lehi and his family were commanded to leave Jerusalem. So it isn’t just that she looked back; she looked back longingly. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future.
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I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone, nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead, we remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives. So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. She doubted the Lord’s ability to give her something better than she already had. 
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One of my favorite books of the New Testament is Paul’s too-seldom-read letter to the Philippians. After reviewing the very privileged and rewarding life of his early years—his birthright, his education, his standing in the Jewish community—Paul says that all of that was nothing (“dung” he calls it) compared to his conversion to Christianity. He says, and I paraphrase: “I have stopped rhapsodizing about ‘the good old days’ and now eagerly look toward the future ‘that I may apprehend that for which Christ apprehended me.’” Then comes this verse:
This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 3:13–14]
No Lot’s wife here. No looking back at Sodom and Gomorrah here. Paul knows it is out there in the future, up ahead wherever heaven is taking us where we will win “the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

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There is something in us, at least in too many of us, that particularly fails to forgive and forget earlier mistakes in life—either mistakes we ourselves have made or the mistakes of others. That is not good. It is not Christian. It stands in terrible opposition to the grandeur and majesty of the Atonement of Christ. To be tied to earlier mistakes—our own or other people’s—is the worst kind of wallowing in the past from which we are called to cease and desist. 
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You can remember just enough to avoid repeating the mistake, but then put the rest of it all on the dung heap Paul spoke of to those Philippians. Dismiss the destructive and keep dismissing it until the beauty of the Atonement of Christ has revealed to you your bright future and the bright future of your family and your friends and your neighbors. God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go.
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I promise this is not all of it! The whole talk is wonderful and I hope you enjoy it. You can find it here: Remember Lot's Wife by Jeffrey R. Holland 

Working on Salvation
This is a topic that I have seen being debated on social media lately, which I find interesting. I have never seen the quote from C.S. Lewis, but it explains the confusion so well.


The Bible Project
I stumbled on these videos this week and have never seen them before. Since I absolutely LOVE videos where the doodling is done while the story is being told, I found them fascinating! The Bible Project is not associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but I didn't find anything that is contrary to what we believe, so I am sharing them with you here. I hope you find them as fascinating as I did:


Finding Hope and Having Faith in Adversity
Of course no discussion of Paul's letter to the Philippians could be complete without touching on his message of hope when all seems to be going wrong! It can be a hard thing, as Elder Holland said in the talk I mentioned above, to hold on to hope for the future when facing uncertainty or adversity, but with Christ, all things are possible.

I love the positive message from Katie Terry in this video and how she was able to look forward with faith and press on when tragedy struck:

I also love this more somber message from Henry B. Eyring that reminds us that with faith we can have the power of the Savior to help us when we have mountains that seem to big to climb.