As I was pondering what to share today, I was checking my email. There was an email from BYU speeches with the link to not only a speech, but this amazing video from Elder D. Todd Christofferson sharing a personal challenge, and animated by a student at BYU, Erin M. Ladd. It made me cry. It was meant just for me. And maybe…it was meant just for you.
You see, for the past two years, we have barely been surviving…feeding, clothing, taking care of medical needs, developing talents of six kids, sending a kid to college, paying for two teen drivers–you know the drill– unfortunately takes money. And not knowing until sometimes the day before pay day if there will be a pay day is a bit stressful. I do NOT want to seem ungrateful…we have been able to provide a great life for our kids these past two years, and I know that we are blessed beyond many people in this world’s imaginations. But it has been HARD. I like to plan. I like to have a budget down to the penny…thank you Dave Ramsey! So not being able to plan ahead for birthdays, holidays, vacations, whether you can buy any groceries the next day has taken a toll.
In this video, Elder Christofferson, pretty much shares what we have been going through. I felt so uplifted as I watched. I felt connected to someone who I don’t “know”, but yet I feel like we could be great friends. And I felt strengthened as he shared how his faith in Heavenly Father and prayer were strengthened.
I hope you will enjoy this video. I hope that you will know you are not alone in your challenges. Learning what God wants us to learn can be HARD, but we can climb those mountains.
Today there is a reason to hope.