This week has been a very unique one for us as we’ve been advised to stay home and socially distance ourselves from others. It’s been a long week for me as I’m sure it has been for you. As all of these changes have occurred, I’ve struggled with knowing what I should be doing with my time and energy now and how I can best be prepared for the trials that might be coming my way. It is easy to fall into the trap of worrying. Right now if we listen to the news and constantly check social media for updates, we will find many things to worry about. I challenge you to try not to fall into that trap. Try and look for the good and have faith that God will help us through this trial. Focus on the good and I promise you will find it.
As I was studying this week’s Come Follow Me lesson for Young Women, I came across a quote from President Nelson’s Devotional entitled “Hope of Israel” that has brought me a lot of hope and strength. He said, “When you know your life is being directed by God, regardless of the challenges and disappointments that may and will come, you will feel joy and peace.”
One thing that we can do to stay positive during this challenging time is to focus on things that we have control over. We can’t control the things that are happening in the world, but we can control the attitude we have, the way we spend our time, and the way we treat other people. We can choose to follow the Savior and put our trust in Him.
The Lord needs your help gathering Israel. He needs you and your strengths. Right now as the world is worried and confused, He needs you to bring hope to those around you. He needs you to put your time and effort into developing your goals that you have set this year so that you can be stronger and more prepared to help in His work to Gather Israel. There are so many ways that we can spend this time that we have been given as we are forced to slow down and be at home with our families.
I challenge you to trust God. Put your time and energy into Him and His cause and you will find joy.
What have you learned in your scripture study this week that you’d like to share? What thoughts do you have about how we can pull together and be strengthened during this unique and challenging time? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page so that we can learn from each other.