Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Peace for my soul

As you probably know, I have been struggling with finding peace lately. While most days are so good, I've also spent days feeling angry, overwhelmed, and depressed in the last few months.
One of the things that has brought me a lot of peace is reading (or listening to) talks about Christ, strength, hope and endurance.
Here are some of the talks that have lately brought peace to my soul:
(Click the title to read it, or watch it below.)

Come What May, and Love It by Joseph Wirthlin

“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” The Lord Jesus Christ is our partner, helper, and advocate. He wants us to be happy. He wants us to be successful. If we do our part, He will step in.

He who descended below all things will come to our aid. He will comfort and uphold us. He will strengthen us in our weakness and fortify us in our distress. He will make weak things become strong." 

Bear Up their Burdens with Ease by David Bednar

"Thus, the Savior has suffered not just for our sins and iniquities—but also for our physical pains and anguish, our weaknesses and shortcomings, our fears and frustrations, our disappointments and discouragement, our regrets and remorse, our despair and desperation, the injustices and inequities we experience, and the emotional distresses that beset us.

There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light."

Of Things That Matter Most by Dieter Uchtdorf

"The search for the best things inevitably leads to the foundational principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ—the simple and beautiful truths revealed to us by a caring, eternal, and all-knowing Father in Heaven. These core doctrines and principles, though simple enough for a child to understand, provide the answers to the most complex questions of life.

There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions."

Rise to the Stature of the Divine Within You by Gordon B. Hinkley

(Click on the link to watch at lds.org- there wasn't a YouTube version.)

"Marvelous is the power of women of faith. It has been demonstrated again and again in the history of this church. It goes on among us today. I think it is part of the divinity within you.

Sisters, rise to the stature of that divinity. In that effort make the world in which you live a better place for yourself and for all who will come after you. There is much to do. There are many challenges to be met."

I love listening to and reading these talks, and hope you find time to listen to them, too! There's nothing like listening to the prophets of God speak while you do dishes- it makes it a much more enjoyable experience!
Please, please leave your favorite talks in the comments. I promise to read them. :)

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katiefromtheblock said...

Ok it's hard to find, the missionaries who taught me found it for me, but I love "Of Souls, Symbols and Sacraments" by Jeffrey R Holland. Another favorite is "Come Join With Us" by President Uchtdorf from October 2013 and I love "Lord, Is It I?" also by President Uchtdorf from this past conference priesthood session!

Carol said...

Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi, BYU Devotional Jan. 18, 2011 "How Do You Open Your Heart to Heaven". It's a good one!

Emily said...

First of all, thank you for this post. I've been struggling on and off with post-partum depression too, and it's nice to be reminded that Christ is the source of healing for our souls. Some of my favorite talks are An High Priest of Good Things to Come by Jeffrey R. Holland (April 2012 Conference) and His Grace is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox (BYU Devotional). Also, remember when I posted this before? (https://www.lds.org/pages/motherhood?lang=eng) It's still a favorite.