Thursday, July 23, 2015

THURSDAY THOUGHTS • HE’S BEEN THERE BEFORE

And just like that, my littlest brother is off to serve the Lord.  It truly seems like it was just yesterday that he received his call to serve a mission in El Salvador and Belize. If you have sent a missionary off before then I am sure you understand how difficult it can be. I truly feel like a piece of my heart is missing. However, at the same time, I honestly couldn’t be more proud. There isn’t a more ready or prepared missionary out there than my sweet little brother.
I recently heard an absolutely incredible poem that perfectly describes what my brother will be going through for the next two years. He is going to encounter very difficult days. He will likely have days where he will really struggle and even feel alone. Sometimes our daily lives can be that way too. We have days that truly hurt. 
However, even in our darkest times, we are never truly alone. There is one who has felt every pain we will ever endure. He has truly been where we are. Christ knows. He has suffered for us so that we can become perfected in Him. 
While I will desperately miss my brother I know this is where he needs to be. I have been so blessed to have the knowledge I have. I get to be with the incredible people  I call my family for eternity and now my little brother gets to go and bring that good news to the people of El Salvador and Belize. The Gospel is truly such a beautiful thing. It is everything. I am such a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I owe everything I am to the knowledge I have.   
If you are feeling lost, hurt, confused, alone, or experiencing any amount of pain, I can promise you that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will bring you refuge. I know my sweet brother wouldn’t have left his life and his family for two years if it wasn’t true. If the gospel didn’t truly change lives, my brother wouldn’t have given up everything here at home to go and share it with others.   
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is TRUE. There is nothing in this world that will bring more happiness than the knowledge that the gospel brings and living its principles. Christ lives. He knows you and He loves you. He suffered for YOU. Individually. Whatever you are experiencing, He has been there before. Turn to Him and trust that He will hold you up in your times of need. 
(If you haven’t already clicked the link above and read the poem, you can read it HERE).  

Adios Little Brother. See you in two. 

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