Do Our Trials Reveal Our True Beauty? 

It’s fascinating to me that only in the autumn do we really see the true colors of the trees’ leaves, when we can see them without the overpowering saturation of chlorophyll. And yet the colors we see also mean that the leaves are no longer feeding the roots of the trees. I suppose that sometimes a tree needs to rest in order to be able to survive the cold winter and be rejuvenated in the spring. Do you think people are like that in some ways? Maybe our wintery trials reveal our true beauty, but also necessitate that we take time to rest ourselves before we can come back strong again. 

Tonight I went to see Revive Us 2: A National Family Meeting. It was a good experience, and a good reminder that when we each work individually to unite and align ourselves with God and His love, then by default, we become more united within our own families and communities. We may still have big differences between us, but we are united in our ultimate purpose of learning to love in God’s way. I was sad that more people in my community didn’t attend, but I guess the price of the tickets could have put some people off. Still, I think if we want connection with one another, we have to be willing to pay a price for it, one way or another. We are certainly paying a price for our disconnection in this country. The program will rebroadcast on November 1st. I recommend it, if you can go.

Here is my scripture reading thought for today. 

This was a reminder to me that our prayers are not just impacting the present, they can have an impact that extends far into the future.

And also the Lord will remember the prayers of the righteous, which have been put up unto him for them. 22 And then, O ye Gentiles, how can ye stand before the power of God, except ye shall repent and turn from your evil ways? 23 Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God? Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?” 

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/morm/5?verse=21-23&lang=eng#p21

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