Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Tender Mercies of the Lord

For a school assignment I have to write a blog or a talk on something that I have learned this week in my studies. This is a fun assignment. I loved and chose to blog about Elder Bednar's talk on the Tender Mercies of the Lord. Tender mercies are "very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts we receive from, because of, and through Jesus Christ." "But behold, I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." Even though I think I already knew this, I never really thought about how We can invite and also better recognize the Tender Mercies of the Lord in our lives through our own faithfulness, obedience, and humility. When we are faithful, obedient and humble, we are blessed. We are the ones that determine if we are chosen. We become chosen as we use our agency to choose God. I am so thankful for all of the ways Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ manifest their love for us and provide ways for us to receive needed blessings. They even put us under covenant (a 2 way promise) when we are baptized to serve and lift each other. Not only do we learn to become like them (God and Jesus Christ) when we serve and lift others but We are lifted and blessed ourselves. It is beautiful! I hope we can all recognize the tender mercies of the Lord in our lives and know how much we are known and loved by our Father in Heaven and Elder Brother Jesus Christ! To read the entire article from President Bednar click here. :)