Monday, 11 January 2016

Remember Lot´s Wife: Faith is For the Future

Hey All!!

This week I hd exchanges with Hna Holt and we had a great time, especially because Hna Rodriguez and Hna Hinrichs stayed that night because they had to be in immigrations the next morning.

I dont have too many events to tell about this week, it was a pretty normal, but awesome week. But I would like to tell you all about a speech that I really love by Jeffrey R Holland.
For the first time in about a year I re-read this inspirational speech the other day, it is called Remember Lot´s wife. For those of you who don´t know the story, Lot and his wife are two people from the bible who were told to flee from their city and not look behind them because the city was going to be destroyed. As they fled Lot´s wife looked behind her and was turned into a pilar of salt. This speech  is about looking forward, being forgiving, and believing that there are better things in the future than anything we leave behind. Im going to include a few of the parts I like the best but I encourage you to read it! It is a speech that can help anyone, religious beliefs aside. Or watch this 2.5min video.

"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."

"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.....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."

"I can't tell you the number of couples I have counseled who, when they are deeply hurt or even just deeply stressed, reach farther and farther into the past to find yet a bigger brick to throw through the window "pain" of their marriage. When something is over and done with, when it has been repented of as fully as it can be repented of, when life has moved on as it should and a lot of other wonderfully good things have happened since then, it is not right to go back and open up some ancient wound that the Son of God Himself died trying to heal."

"If something is buried in the past, leave it buried. Don't keep going back with your little sand pail and beach shovel to dig it up, wave it around, and then throw it at someone, saying, "Hey! Do you remember this?" Splat!"

I really do love this theme. I have heard too much "people don´t change" or "so and so is like that, always has been and always will be!" and it saddens my heart, because I have seen people change and I have also seen people change and then loose hope because everyone treats them like they are just that same old persaon who made some big mistake or had some quirky nature.
Perhaps we are too quick to condem and too slow to forgive? Perhaps we hold to firmly to the view that we have of certain people that it is us who dont allow them to change. And we do that to ourselves too, believe that we are capable of being a little better each day.

I have had the true honor to see many people change and I know that with hope, faith and the gospel of Jesus Christ, anyone can start again and be better, happier and more like Jesus Christ.

Love you all loads!

Hermana Wilson

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