A little over two years ago I finished my two wonderful years as a missionary and began my life as a member of the church. My mission has meant everything to me. It taught me how to learn, how to serve, how to give, how to see things how the really are, how to care and most of all, it gave me a powerful testimony that would have probably taken me a life time to get. I know that God lives. I know that Christ lives-both governing our existence.
Among the many things I learned, people I met, conversations I had or unexpected trials faced, the one things that always surprised me was the lack of knowledge people had about our church, about who we were and about Christ and even Heavenly Father. Sure many did encounter missionaries before and heard about the “Holy Trinity” but very few either spoke to us or serve Christ or Father let alone went to a Church. I was in Texas which is still part of the Bible belt. Then again we were sent to help those in need.
Every days was different regardless of our morning daily routine. Towards the end nothing really surprised me, Nothing at all. I let myself to believe that if anything crazy could happen it would be on the mission. However there is one thing that always surprised me with those who were not religious or even with the atheist community. It usually involved a conversation about the existence of God. After they would explain their feelings and a lesson was taught they would emphasis “where is God when you need him? Where is he? why does He let people starve or women be rape?” One of these questions always popped up and of course the infamous , “why does God let bad things happen to good people?
I ponder on why they would think such things, not on their questions because I have a strong testimony but rather why would anyone feel that God, in all his perfection would lack any sort of attention to any of his children? If anything, what more proof of His power or existence do you need? These remarks always blew my mind. For me it was so easy. Go outside look around and you will see the power of Him that made you. Simple, clear and true. After much pondering and study I came to have a greater testimony of Him, what a concept, “knock and it shall be open to you.” (See Doctrine and Covenant 4:7)
One, the very existence of us balances on Christ’s priesthood or his power for those strangers to the word priesthood. This means that He is everywhere and knows all of our actions because He knows our hearts. The trees, the animals, the water and skies all testify of this greater being that is Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. They created the Earth and They being perfect, govern it.
Two, maybe I am one of the lucky few who has actually read the scriptures, you know, the word of God also know as the Bible and for us Latter Day Saints, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of great Price; learning from them has been the best education I ever gotten. In them we learn that God gave men and women Agency, the power and ability to choose right from wrong, good versus evil. Agency is the only things Father cannot take from us, we are agents unto ourselves-being fully responsible for all of our actions… That’s some serious stuff to think about since we will all be judge by the actions we make. Those actions will determine our immortality. Sucks for you if you don’t believe that. So, next time you blame Father or Christ for someone being rape, or some pathetic rebellion occurs around the world or someone dies of hunger you should maybe look at those who have the Agency to cause such things and before you strike at those who make wrong decisions, maybe you should check yourself before becoming and agent of negativity.
Three, the scriptures clearly teach that we are here to learn but also to teach and serve. We are here to help one another, to lift one another. We read this in many accounts where the savior is teaching the apostles or when the savior helps Peter remember to “feed his sheep” but my favorite is when King Benjamin teaches his people, “when we are in the service of your fellow being, your only in the service of your God.” (See Mosiah 2:17) It is OUR duty to help the hungry, the meek, the weary, the widows, the helpless, the down trodden. So when you ask where is God and how come he let’s people suffer? I will then look at you in your eyes and ask you, what have you done? Where have you been? How are you serving others? What sacrifices have you made? I love James when he teaches us to be DOERS of the word, not hearers only. (See James 2:22)
Where are we as people? Where are we as a society? It seems to me that there are way too many swollen index fingers and not enough sore thumbs; filthy inner vessels with no enough room for the journey of life. Where is God?… Where, are you?
I was more less active than a rock in my church, in my relationship with Christ about six years ago. I remember talking to another less active friend of mine of our reasoning for our less activity and we both came to a conclusion that we were not going to church because we “did not want to be hypocrites. Knowing we were too weak and too into worldly thing, we didn’t want to give anything up so why go and be hypocrites? ” What a selfish load-ed potato I was. Salvation versus the embarrassment of Hypocrisy? After coming back, I was humble when I found out that we choose God’s plan and not Lucifer, we chose to come to Earth, we chose and we knew the consequences so whether we went to church as covenant breakers or not at all we were still being hypocrite. We chose so what makes anyone think that we would stop choosing here on Earth?
God is everywhere, he is real, he is not a fun Sci-fi character, he is non fiction and we should all stop wasting our time doubting and give Him a chance whatever it is that you have against him or what ever way it is that you see him, STOP, you are wrong and don’t have a clue. If is negative or weir to you, you don’t have a clue. I have been through many path in life with other Twinkies with crazy ideas and no one has a clue just like I didn’t have a clue. I have come such a long way… I have grown so much, but yet, I have so much more to learn. I changed because I gave Him a chance. I realized that God, He’s everywhere. He Loves us, He cares and He is more involve than you think. In fact, He is so involve in your life that you cannot even wrap your head on how anyone could be so dedicated to you.
Whether you believe him or not, He is real and He is everywhere. He will Judge those in his own way because his way is not our way. He cares and He loves you, so before you Judge him on what He might not be doing or think what should be done or why He is not somewhere you think He should be, ask yourself, “have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheer up the sad or made someone feel glad?… When they needed my help was I there?”(see Hymn 223) Gandhi taught “be the change you want to see in the world.” So the next time you want to Judge God or ask why some people are living such pathetic and poor lives, YOU do something about it and STOP complaining and doubting.
I know the Lord lives. He died for you and lives for you. I know that He cares, He cares and loves you above and despite your uncaring ways. He is real and he governs everything without slaving us or having any sort of dominion over us. We chose Him so let’s choose the right, let’s serve, let’s look up, look around and see that He is the Great I AM, the Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.